One Tree Woodwork

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The Sherlock/Shire Pipe lamp

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.’

Sherlock Holmes

Heart Health
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.

Brain Health
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.

Bone Health
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.


6 comments on “The Sherlock/Shire Pipe lamp

  1. Crystal Jackson
    January 9, 2013

    I love this! What a great way to salvage your project. (also: didn’t know all that about walnut oil – interesting)

      January 9, 2013

      Yea,had a salad last night using walnut oil

      4 Tbs of walnut oil
      1Tbs of balsamic vinegar
      1 tsp of Dijon
      Pinch of salt

      Quite tasty and clean

  2. Tim Joe Comstock
    January 12, 2013

    Well…I am 57 years old and never heard about Walnut oil. Not as a wood finish nor miracle drug. Now, I found out about apple cider vinegar at an early age, but never did anything about it. I want to do good things with organic substances but I quit smoking even that about twenty-five years ago when it started initiating flashbacks to things that never happened.

    Life is indeed complicated.

    That must have been a hell of a pipe. There was a period in my barn dismantling days when, after we built the furniture and paneled the walls we would take drops and cutoffs and whip them through the band saw and then hit all the edges with router and spindle sander and then sit around drinking beer by the fire and sanding and oiling and polishing simple scraps of lumber into things for the kids. Some were blocks, the dimensions of which were determined by the size and shape of the scrap piece, but there were also amorphous shapes in red oak and hickory and poplar and cherry and so on that were just fun to hold and they glowed and made people feel good just looking at them.

    That pipe-light is such a thing. And none of our stuff had walnut oil and I am sorry for it, it would have been good and we could have encouraged our kids to chew on their toys for better health and strong teeth.

    Not that they didn’t chew on their toys anyway.

    Thanks, Tohner.


      January 12, 2013


      That thing about sitting around a fire drinking beer and sanding around on wood randomly….well that sounds pretty damn good to me. Unfortunately I am alone in my neck of the woods in my passion of wood craft. In fact you could say as a builder of a certain age and ethnicity I am among a dying breed. I can count on one hand how many guys around my age working as carpenters/builders live in the three surrounding counties. They all once worked with me one of them for 10 years but as those situations happen why be a carpenter when you can call yourself a contractor. I suppose its just natural to want to be the boss. I worked 18 aggressive years fighting to keep my head above water working with old world German craftsman that were three times my age. Some of them spoke English as a second language. I thought that the end goal was always to be the boss. Some days now though when the fingers get pointed my direction I question my dedication for that position any more. I learned an incredible amount from those guys not because they were good teachers but because they were the real deal. And I was a passionate sponge taking what they would refuse to show because after all I was the bosses son. I learned much from my father but by the time I was wearing a tool bag his business had become successful enough that he was to busy managing projects to be strapping on his tool bag. ….. Where was I going with this unnecessary story I guess I wonder who will teach the next carpenters the men I speak of are all in their golden years some don’t even recognize me. The few of my generation that know how to build are too busy trying to get into khaki pants so they can hold onto that clip board.


  3. orepass
    January 21, 2013

    Awesome finish

      January 26, 2013

      Thanks, My new favorite wood finish….can also be used as a salad dressing….who would have thought.

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