GENUINE MEERSCHAUM BLOCK PIPE KITS. FIRE CHAMBER AND AIR HOLE NOT DRILLED
Pure raw genuine meerschaum block from Turkey.
Fire chambers and air holes are not drilled. So you have more space for your creativity. Stem mortise is drilled and threaded (M8X1.25) for a Teflon delrin attachment screw tenon. But it can easily be drilled further in order to hold other regular stems. Mortises are around 1.5 – 1.7 mms deep. So if you are not carving a pipe; block is also great to carve any other object.
Suitable stem selection is here.
Images shows same block from 3 different angle. Black arrows points mortise.
Dimensions of the blocks are in the photos. Width – Height - Length
For not drilled solid blocks, check here:
Block will be delivered dry.
PLEASE CONSIDER THAT MEERSCHAUM IS A HIGHLY POROUS NATURAL MATERIAL. HOWEVER WE CHOOSE BEST RAW BLOCKS THAT EVERY MEERSCHAUM PIPE CARVING MASTER WILL DESIRE, SOME IMPERFECTIONS (WHICH DOESN'T EFFECTING FINAL PRODUCTS INTEGRITY) ARE INEVITABLE AND ACCEPTABLE.
Freshly mined Meerschaum is fully saturated with moisture but it dries quickly. When it dries it hardens over time. It is much easier and more effective to carve it wet. When wet, you can carve it like a bar of soap.
To carve your block easily and effectively, put it in a container with water. Within minutes it will sink in water. For full saturation and best results, keep it in water for a couple of hours. Outcome will be like a freshly mined meerschaum. Keep your block in a sealed environment (zip lock bag etc.) while not working on it. When the carving process is over, let your piece dry for a few days. Now you can fine sand and seal it with beeswax. To do it; heat your piece up to 90 degrees Celsius (195 Fahrenheit) in an oven, melt your beeswax in a bain marie. Keep wax hot and liquid and apply on hot piece several coats with a fine brush except fire chamber until it absorbs no more wax and becomes saturated. Heat the piece upside down one last time in the oven to 80-90 degrees Celsius (175 – 195 F) and let it cool. (Or skip the oven and use a heat gun or hairdryer.) Now it is ready to buff with or without some carnauba wax. Natural beeswax gives a distinctive honey color to carved items. Even with traditional use of purified beeswax, pure white will tint a little towards ivory color.