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Should You Glaze The Air Shaft Of A Clay Pipe

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A little bit to start out I have been making clay pipes and selling them to local stores. The pipes that I have been making have a thicker shaft so I can make a bigger airflow hole so when the clay shrink during firing you don't have to small of a hole to put the glaze in. My question is do you really need to have glaze down the center of the shaft, because I seen some videos on making Irish pipes and when they are being made all they use is a tiny Rod that goes right up the shaft and they don't get into the part where they glaze they just show you the final product. I would really appreciate the help because the stores would like a thinner pipe and be able to glaze the air shaft

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I know you have to glaze the outside in the bowl piece but my question is do you really need to glaze the air shaft of the pipe. I ask this because I've been watching a few videos on making Irish pipes and they are very skinny and in the videos they never talked about glazing. I'm not sure if they glaze the inside of the shaft or not because I would like to make my pipes a lot thinner but I also want to make them safe

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neilestrick    1,381

I think that from a hygiene standpoint it would be good to have the air shaft glazed, especially if the clay isn't vitrified. Historically they probably weren't glazed, though.

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I think that from a hygiene standpoint it would be good to have the air shaft glazed, especially if the clay isn't vitrified. Historically they probably weren't glazed, though.

That's what I thought but I just didn't know of a cleaning standpoint how that would work. IF you have to clean your pipe, I do make them for tobacco but some stores do buy them for other uses where it's legal I just don't know if it's actually safe to clean a clay pipe with alcohol or isopropyl alcohol without glaze

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neilestrick    1,381

With vitrified clay the alcohol cleaning shouldn't be a problem. I would think that even with porous clay the alcohol would evaporate out. Keep your clay under 2% absorption and you should be fine without glaze. Wood pipes aren't sealed on the inside, are they?

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