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The PipeTree®: The Ultimate Tobacco Pipe Rack


   





Overview Components Specifications What's special? Display Options Q & A





Overview

A member of my local pipe club gave each of us a very simple, yet different, pipe rack for Christmas. I used it right away, and slowly started to see how it could be improved upon. About a year later, and after many trials, errors and modification, the result was The PipeTree® that you see on this page. I'm very proud of it, and if you have any comments or questions, please write me.



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Components

The PipeTree® is made up of five separate pieces, as illustrated below. You can put them together, as well as dismantle them, in a matter of seconds, without having to use any tools.



  Lower Round Base Metal Part Upper Round Base Vertical Base Main Display Piece
Diameter 28 cm / 11" xxx 28 cm / 11" xxx xxx
Height xxx xxx xxx 9 cm / 3.5" 39.5 cm / 15.5"
Width xxx 15 cm / 6" xxx 25 cm / 9.7" 15 cm / 5.8"
Thickness 1.5 cm / 0.7" xxx 1.5 cm / 0.7" 1.5 cm / 0.7" 1.5 cm / 0.7"
Weight 690g-1lb 8oz 236g-8 oz 690g-1lb 8oz 270g-9.6 oz 665g-1.5lb
Each slit is 5 cm / 2" wide and 7mm / 0.4" high.
Measurements and weights in inches and ounces are approximate.

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Specifications

Please note the following:


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What's Special?

The following are some of the features that prove The PipeTree® is unique. I'm sure you can add more to this section.



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Display Options

The following are only 8 ways to use The PipeTree®:
With 10 Pipes 20 Pipes - View 1 20 Pipes - View 2 20 Pipes - View 3
10 Pipes 20 Pipes View 1 20 Pipes View 2 20 Pipes View 3
20 Pipes - View 4 20 Pipes - View 5 30 Pipes - View 1 30 Pipes - View 2
20 Pipes View 4 20 Pipes View 5 30 Pipes View 1 30 Pipes View 2

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Q & A

The following are some of the questions that might cross your mind, as well as their answers.

  • Would it harm the mouthpiece if pipe is suspended like this?
    No. That's how a lot of you out there hold their pipes anyway (in their mouths, that is). I've been displaying my pipes like this for some time now, and I haven't noticed even the slight change in the condition of the mouthpiece or, more importantly, the shank-tenon fit.


  • Would the contact between the wood of The PipeTree® slit and the mouthpiece scratch the latter?
    No. The edges of each slit in the rack are rounded and smoothened up for that reason. None of my mouthpieces, both in acrylic and vulcanite, have suffered any scratches.


  • Do the pipes rest and dry well, being put away in this way?
    Absolutely. I could even say they rest and dry better than with the bowl up or down. As you can imagine, this horizontal position allows better air circulation.


  • Would pipes risk falling?
    Yes, but not any more than those placed on a traditional rack. It's definitely not a rack you want to put in harm's way. So, make sure you place it in safe place, particularly out of reach of children and passers-by. Ideally, it should be placed on a shelf or the top of a closet, as long as YOU have an easy access to it. You can also put it on a corner table in your office or home.


  • Can The PipeTree® really support the weight of 30 pipes?
    Considering the high quality of the wood and the metal base used, The PipeTree® can easily take several times the weight of 30 of your heaviest pipes!


  • Does The PipeTree® have limitations?
    The only limitation I can think of is the fact that the slit is not designed to accommodate a mouthpiece that is excessively thick (thicker than 7mm/0.4", that is). Almost all saddle mouthpieces should fit with no problems. It's with rather thick taper mouthpieces that you might have a problem. (However, in the case of one or two such thick mouthpieces you should be able to slightly widen one or two slits with a file or even sandpaper.) See "Specifications" to get the exact measurements of the different pieces.


  • Is it safe to rotate The PipeTree® with lots of pipes on it?
    Yes, but you have to make sure not to do so too fast or abruptly.

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