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Hobby Blocks


We are all, at one point or another, inclined to carve our own pipe. Some of us do it for the fun and others do it as an art form. Here at Pipes and Cigars we like to provide you with quality briar blocks that are pre-bored, fitted with a stem and have their chamber drilled. All you have to do is carve the exterior to your liking.

*** Each block has slightly different dimensions

Dan's Staff Pick - Every pipe smoker has the desire at least once to design and cut their own pipe. These stemmed blocks offer you a head start. My first endeavors were accomplished with a coping saw, rasp, and files. I'm always at the public's service for helpful hints.

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Hobby Block Half Bent
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Overall Rating 4.71875 out of 5 Based on 32 Ratings

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5 out of 5
Make Your Own Hobby Block Hobby Block review
This is a great deal. The briar block is of exceptional quality and excellent grain. My one complaint isn't about the block but about the dimensions. I used the dimensions detailed on the site to make a to scale blueprint while waiting for delivery. I think having more details and dimensions in the description would be nice.
5 out of 5
Hobby Block
Awesome!!!; having a lot of fun working on this, its almost done and I cant wait to use it and show off my carving skills.
5 out of 5
Very happy
The block had a few imperfections but I was able to cut them out, the finished pipe has a nice grain pattern and polished up nicely.
3 out of 5
Make your own Hobby Block Review
Decent piece of briar, could be a little bigger but the design I made turned out well. The draft hole was drilled in a manner that the stem did not align properly with the bowl. However; the bore and draft holes did align well and the pipe smokes very well.
5 out of 5
Sharp carving knife needed
Hard and tough is the only way to describe pipe briar. Carving this wood takes patients and a very sharp knife. A small riffler or small wood rasp will be helpful around the junction where the stem joins the bowl. The wood stands well to the knife and takes a high polish when sanded and rubbed. I didn’t apply any finish (bees wax would be good) to mine; just let the natural oils from my hand be the finish.
5 out of 5
Awsome!!!
You can't go wrong. They have my business for life
5 out of 5
Great Company !
Great service. Great products, good prices, fast shipping. Everything you need . Keep doing good job and I'll be back. Thank you guys!
5 out of 5
AWESOME
It was everything I was hoping for will be purchasing again!
5 out of 5
fantastic block for homemade Pipe
Block was nice size and fairly clean. Was able to create the pipe I wanted. Would buy another.
5 out of 5
Very Pleased!
These pipes were beyond my expectations. The Stems are of durable quality and the briar blocks were very nice. I did very little shaping but ended up with handsome. rustic-looking pipes. A rub down with bees wax brought out the beauty of the briar.
5 out of 5
Fun
I bought and made two pipes, they were quality pieces of briar and I will be buying more soon.
5 out of 5
hobby blocks by jerome schillaci
great price, excellent quality,perfect size for a husky pipe,wet block first to see grain pattern,i got a complete straight grain.
5 out of 5
The block is cool, I
The block is cool, I am currently designing my newest pipe!
3 out of 5
Hobby Block Hobby Block Bent
generally the block of briar wood and shape of stem are nice pieces. the wood has some nice figure. unfortunately a crack was discovered during finish sanding, it is in the shank where the stem fits
5 out of 5
Crafty Piece
This little crafty block is a beginners dream. It made my husband so happy, he eas able to finally make his own pipe without the extra tools for the bowl and stem. Thanks Pipes & Cigars, The Barfields and Easingwoods
5 out of 5
Product was just as advertised.
shipment was rapid.
4 out of 5
Good Piece of Briar
Working on finishing my pipe right now. The briar block was nice with minimal burs or imperfections which were removed entirely in the shaping of the pipe. The stem is very sturdy, I believe it is lucite, and good quality the only issue is it's a bit bulky especially if you are trying to make a lighter clincher pipe. If I had one major complaint it is that the pre drilled hole is a little narrow, it can probably be boared out more with the right tools or some sandpaper and patience but it would be nice to have the factory precision on the holes. Fast shipping from Pipes and Cigars and a good price compared to other sources online.
4 out of 5
Block seems to be good.
This block is good for making a traditional type pipe, however due to the stem shaft being finished for about a half inch it limits you choices for a freehand style pipe. The grain appears to be good but the bowl is a bit on the small side however there is enough wood around the bowl bore that with a little work you can open it up to about thumb knuckle size. I would like to see larger blocks that can be used for freehand type pipes with large bowls that I can set upright on the coffee or end table when I am not smoking it.
5 out of 5
Make-a-pipe
Am very happy with the pipe. Got it in good condition. After it was back ordered. It's everything I wanted. Very easily. Thank you very much!
5 out of 5
The Perfect Gift for Men Who Like Working With Wood
A few years ago, my husband stopped creating his woodcuts, but I knew how much he still loved working with wood. I'd been buying him cigars and all items associated with those from Pipes and Cigars for some time, but, in needing to buy him something for Christmas this past year, I saw these blocks of wood (with stems, of course) and thought they might make for a nice foundation of Christmas presents for him. I could not have been more on the mark by buying these for a man who likes to work with wood if I tried. He was excited from the beginning and has repeatedly thanked me for finding him a hobby like this. It's a fun creative break for him, a university professor -- a way to work with his hands with knives, rasps, saws, and files again. He's carved more than twenty pipes since Christmas, is now out of the blocks again, and I'm back for more -- and will be again and again. To all women looking for something special for your husbands, you might try these. Mine has thanked me again and again for finally giving him a present that really, really makes him happy! Thanks, Pipes and Cigars!
5 out of 5
Fun & challenging
I enjoyed carving my own pipe over the Easter weekend. It gave me an appreciation for the hard work that goes into so many beautiful pipes. Briar is definitely a hard wood! I look forward to finishing, and then smoking it the first time.
4 out of 5
Good block
The material was better than the last one I received which had 2 huge pits that ended up affecting the design of my pipe which was disappointing. This time, no pits and the grain was pretty good. Only thing I wish was different is the bit wasn't so wide on the stem. I feel like it makes what would be a very attractive pipe into something that looks cheesy. I would probably buy again until Mr. Brog brings back the bent hobby blocks for sale.
5 out of 5
Nice website, good execution.
Your website was easy to use and the product was promptly delivered. Thanks.
4 out of 5
First time wood carver
When I ordered this I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never done any woodworking in my life and thought tis would be a good place to start. While I am still working on the pipe after several( I have no power tools and my work bench is the top of my AC unit) it has become a labor of love and I look forward to getting to smoke it soon. I found the holes to maybe be off center some but not sure if that is me or the way it was drilled but over all it appears to be a good pipe and something I have enjoyed trying and look forward to get another one once the first one is done and I have a better idea of what and how to make my get one.
5 out of 5
Looks Great. Can't Wait.
The hobby block looks great. I'm waiting for a break in the chaos to mill it down to a nice heavy poker, but all the holes are straight with a nice deep bowl.
5 out of 5
Great kit for making a custom smoking pipe
I ordered the half bent kit, which came with a mid-length stem having a comfortably wide mouthpiece. This is perfect for me as I like to hold my pipes in my mouth. The briar block is large enough that it allowed me to use a good amount of imagination when choosing the shape. My block was completely free from any voids or splits, and it smokes very nicely. This was my first attempt at carving a pipe using a kit like this. Anyone looking for a an inexpensive way to make their own unique pipe should give this a try. This is now my favorite in my rotation.
5 out of 5
Pipe block
Great price great product
5 out of 5
Great pipe project kit
The briar block I received with this kit was free from blemishes, cracks, gaps, or splits. It came as a fairly good sized block allowing me freedom to carve a custom shape pipe of medium size. The stem is medium length and the mouthpiece fairly wide allowing for a comfortable grip. After fine sanding and polishing I finished my pipe with leather dye and carnuba wax. This was my first try at carving my own pipe and I'm very happy with the look and the way it smokes. I'd recommend this kit to anyone looking to build a personalized smoking pipe.
5 out of 5
hobby block
when you burn out an old pipe and have an opportunity to get an exact replica how can you not try to do it yourself...with a dremel tool sander and patience.viola.
4 out of 5
Nice poker
Received my half bent block today. Everything looked good, nice stem, air hole drilled correctly for unrestricted flow. Proceeded to layout out pipe design and make initial cuts. I ran into some pitted areas in the briar when I got into more detailed shaping of the bowl which was okay because I used a rusticated finish on the bowl which incorporated the pitted areas. Can't wait to stain and polish the pipe so I can break it in. All and all I ended up with a nice poker style bowl although not perfect due to my inexperience but definitely one that has character.
5 out of 5
Always wanted to carve my own, worked great!
Received this bent block pipe (first one I ever tried to carve); went at it with a Dremel and rasp, file and sand paper. I'm surprised how well it turned out. The solid piece of briar was pre drilled with the shank, chamber, and draught hole. There were a few void areas to be expected, but once I got down to the pipe shape and size I needed it was solid without any scars or issues. You can shape these with just hand tools. I'm hooked. Takes a lot of patience, but isn't that what pipe smoking is all about.
5 out of 5
Half Bent Hobby Pipe
The wood has a nice grain to it and polishes beautifully. Makes a great little pipe with a thick walled bowl. I am very pleased with the result.
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