This is my "Pipe Shack". I built half of it while I was in high school. At that time it was an 8'x8' shed for bicycles and lawn mowers and junk. So when I started making pipes, I moved out the junk and moved in machines and tools. Then in the summer of 2013 when I became serious about pipe making, I added on another 8' (making it 8'x16') and tore the old shed apart down to the frame so I could add insulation and new siding. It took me about two months to complete the rebuild, but I also have 100's of hours in it modifying everything inside the way I like it. It has its own electrical, heat (space heater), and even AC. I also keep it at about 60% humidity inside which is good for the material. If I could go back in time and build it again I would build it on a steel mobile home frame so It would be easy to take with me if I move.
This is me shaping a pipe on my shaping disk. I use 40 grit paper for the rough shaping which rapidly removes unwanted briar. This is the half of the shack that I spend most of my time in. It has my lathe, finishing bench and buffing machine.
This is usually my only shop companion and best bud Gus. He is half boxer and likes to stay warm.
This is where I cut out the flat air-way (slot) which is in the last inch or so of the stem. I also file, sand, and finish all my pipes here. I would say I spend the majority of my shop time here. Directly in the middle you can see my Dremel bit lazy Suzann which I fashioned out of a piece of a tree from my back yard. To the right is my stain lazy Suzann and above that are all my small files with my larger files to the left of them.
This is my bench grinder. I use this to sharpen lathe bits mostly.
Here you see my buffing machine. The frame I welded together with scrap metal that I had laying around. Originally I had five or six buffs all with they're own arbor and I would switch them out on a motor which meant if I had to go back to a coarser grit i would have to stop the motor, change the buff, buff it, then change back and continue. This machine saves allot of time and I don't feel like throwing shit across the shop as much.
This my sandblasting cabinet. It was a cheapo that I modified and it works great.
This is my lathe. It is a 10x22or21 metal lathe. The chuck you see is my briar chuck that I built from an independent 4-jaw chuck 5or6inch. All I did was weld two chunks of metal to two of the 4 jaws. I was so excited to get it running that I didn't wait to order a back plate for the chuck, instead I just attached it to a large plate meant for attaching odd shaped material. It has worked great ever since.
This is a larger shot of my lathe and shaping wheel below.
Here are some of my drill bits.
Here is my collection of metal for inlays and for modifying tools and machines. You can see Aluminum, Steel, and Stainless steel rod round and square. Also some tubing. *Now also solid Copper and Titanium.
This is my collection of Exotic wood and various inlay and ring material. This shelf is directly above my lathe for easy selection.
My welder which comes in vary handy for modifying tools and machines. Plus fixing rusted holes on cars!. I am not a welder. On occasion i can get two pieces of metal to stick together.
Here is some of my stem material. Most of these rods start out 1 meter long. You can see German ebonite in black and "Brindle". Also high quality, cast acrylic in black and other colors.
Two shelves I built so that I can pick through the briar easily.
This is a work area in the opposite end of the shop from the finishing area. Here I can design pipes and keep in contact with customers.
1" belt sander. I use this from time to time on stems.