Introducing the Sherlock/Shire pipe lamp at home in either the Shire or on 221B Baker St.
Carved from mesquite to be used as a real smoking pipe,but due to a certain 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 year old who will remain nameless it was broken beyond responsible repair. After much gritting of teeth I decided to make the most from the accident. So it goes,like these things happen the end result is better then what was originally planned.
Carved and sanded through the paces from 120-220-320-400. I finished the pipe with food grade Walnut oil and was blown away with the results. How awesome it was to finish a piece of furniture with something that was not only not toxic but good for me. Walnut oil has many great health benefits and can be used like olive oil though best used in salad dressings. As far as a wood finish its one of the few oils that actually dries hard and when used on butcher blocks,wooden bowls,etc it doesn’t tend to go rancid.
I plan on taking better pics.These were taken last night after I finished and the flash was producing bad glare.
May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
‘Having gathered these facts, Watson, I smoked several pipes over them, trying to separate those which were crucial from others which were merely incidental.’
Walnut oil contains high levels of the essential omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), which supports cardiovascular health in a variety of ways. They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL), inhibit blood clots, and prevent irregular heart rhythms. A tablespoon of walnut oil contains 1.4 grams ALA.
The monounsaturated fats in walnut oil may help reduce dangerous inflammation in the cardiovascular system. Walnut oil may also be effective against chronic inflammation and may therefore reduce the painful symptoms associated with conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
High in Ellagic Acid
Walnut oil is high in ellagic acid, a phytochemical that has been found in animal studies to work against cancer by causing cancer cell death. Some studies suggest it may help the liver break down carcinogens. It may also possess antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Human studies are needed to see whether ellagic acid works in humans as it does in animals but the initial results are exciting.
High In Antioxidants
Walnut oil is a good source of vitamins E and C, two essential antioxidants that help fight free radical damage to the cells and DNA.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential component of brain cell function. They contribute directly to the proper transmission of signals by the brain and directly aid memory, thought and learning functions. Studies show that the brain needs a constant supply of fresh omega-3 fatty acids.
Walnut oil contains monounsaturated fats, which help control blood sugar levels and help the body respond to insulin.
In addition to possessing zinc, iron, potassium and calcium, all essential minerals for maintaining good bone health, the anti-inflammatory properties of walnut oil may have specific effects on the bones. One recent study found that daily intake of large amounts of walnuts led to better bone stability and a reduction in essential mineral loss.