Hello all! Let me start by thanking you for any information and apologizing for any ignorant questions I may ask as I am very new to pipe making. Thus far I have only played around making stems for old pipes and cigarette holders.
I have a question regarding my most recent stem. I just made a stem out of Black Coral for One of my Meerschaum cigarette holders. I am having some trouble getting out the nasty taste and smell it has. My first question... is black Coral even suitable for a stem? Also if it is, does anyone have any tips on how to remove the smell and taste?
My friend has some black coral that is 40 years old and it still stinks if you get it wet. Also, when he got it, he was scratched by it and it took about a year to heal. He said it has poison in it. There's a lot of stuff out there for making pipe stems and I never heard of using coral. I would just say no.
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