I call these SLOTH PIPES. The Sloth is an animal that moves very slowly and likes to relax. I am this way when I am smoking a pipe.
Sloth pipes are made from the same Briar – from the same forrest in Greece – that I use for my “Layton” pipes. Although for Sloth pipes I usually use blocks with disorganized grain.
I (Clark Layton) make Sloth pipes from start to finish in my shop.
Sloth pipes are made with Pre-formed stem blanks. The blanks I use are made from Vulcanite. Vulcanite is a hard rubber. Vulcanite stem blanks are used by many companies such as Peterson and Dr.Grabow.
The technical details associated with good smokeability are present in Sloth pipes. The bottom of the air-hole is also the bottom of the Tobacco chamber. The air-hole is drilled with a 5/32″ drill bit. The stem blanks are opened up on the inside so that there is an “Open Airway”. To make the airway “Open” I cut a slot into the bit end of the bit in a similar but faster manner as I do with my “Layton” pipes.
Sloth pipes will pass a pipe cleaner from bit to bowl without taking the pipe apart. Tenons are cut by me on my lathe and fit to each pipe individually if needed.
Sloth pipes are made fast. But nowhere near as fast as mass produced pipes such as Peterson, Dr.Grabow, or other factory pipes. Pipes such as these are made largely by a machine and the details are done by a group of workers. These companies can produce many pipes a day. So even though I make these pipes faster than my “Layton” pipes, the details of each Sloth pipe is taken care of by me.
The stems are also filed and sanded before buffing depending on the stem material and specific stem.
Sloth pipes are drilled on my lathe, shaped on my shaping wheel and blasted in my blasting cabinet.
Sloth pipe I call these SLOTH PIPES. The Sloth is an animal that moves very slowly and likes to relax. I am this way when I am smoking a pipe. Technical Details. Sloth pipes are made