Sunday, March 2, 2008


Tim and I like to go tromping through the Mississippi and Tennessee woods together as often as we can. I often find myself picking up a twig to use as a tamper as we sit down on a fallen tree to pack our pipes and light up. Recently I started bringing some of these twigs home and turning them into tampers by adding a brass end to them, which I make from spent rifle cartridges . I think they are kind of cool. All you need to make one for yourself is a twig, a spent cartridge, a tube cutter and some epoxy. (I put a couple of coats of varnish and then waxed and buffed mine, but to each his own!)  -M

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