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Meerschaum Pipes

Meerschaum Pipe Process

The first step in carving your pipe is the Meerschaum block form.  The blocks are sorted through to choose the best nodules to carve.  After the careful selection of the "stone" the Meerschaum is divided into sections to begin the carving process.  The Meerschaum has natural "Fault Lines" where it must be split for carving.

After the Meerschaum is split it is ready to be carved by skilled craftsmen.  There are two choice for work in Turkey, one is to mine Meerschaum and the other is to carve Meerschaum.  The carvers of Meerchaum start directly after school.  These carvers will train under the masters who have been carving for dozens of years. 

The carving process is not complete until the pipes are sanded perfectly.

The next step in the pipe making process is to dry the Meerschaum.  When Meerschaum comes out of the red clay in the ground it has a high moisture content.  In order to ensure the Meerschaum is dry a klin is used.

After the Meerchaum is totally dry it is boiled in bees wax to seal the pores in the pipe.  The pipes are first prepared by inserting a cork into each hole.  The the pipes are ready for the bees wax.

Once the bees wax is dry and the pipes are cool the pipes are buffed and fitted with stems.

Well, aside from making the case this pretty much sums up the entire process of Meerschaum Pipe Carving.  I only hope you enjoyed this information as much as I do. 


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