Wood pipes have been around for hundreds of years. The woods chosen by pipe carvers have included maple, hazel, rosewood, walnut, elm, wild pear, boxwood, oak, apple and cherry.

Wood 3 Tobacco Smoking Pipe Wooden Stand Rack Holder in Walnut Finish 3400
Wood 3 Tobacco Smoking Pipe Wooden Stand Rack Holder in Walnut Finish 3400
$21.95
Vintage Italian Finely Carved Burl Wood Monkey Pipe Missing Stem
Vintage Italian Finely Carved Burl Wood Monkey Pipe Missing Stem
$29.99
Antique Hand Carved Horn Wood Pipe Vintage Folk Art
Antique Hand Carved Horn Wood Pipe Vintage Folk Art
$55.19
Vintage Estate Lord Davenport Imported Briar Tobacco Pipe Wood Missing Stem UU
Vintage Estate Lord Davenport Imported Briar Tobacco Pipe Wood Missing Stem UU
$9.99
New Nature Ebony Wood Handmade Tobacco Smoking Pipe Pouch Stand 10 Filters 679
New Nature Ebony Wood Handmade Tobacco Smoking Pipe Pouch Stand 10 Filters 679
$14.99
Vintage Smoke Smoking Tobacco Wood Pipe Made In Italy 575 Long
Vintage Smoke Smoking Tobacco Wood Pipe Made In Italy 575 Long
$161.49
Vintage Carolina Woodcutter Inc Wood Tobacco Pipe Holder Stand No Humidor Jar
Vintage Carolina Woodcutter Inc Wood Tobacco Pipe Holder Stand No Humidor Jar
$16.99
Vintage Solid American Walnut By Mission Pipe Stand 4 Place Holder Wood Rack
Vintage Solid American Walnut By Mission Pipe Stand 4 Place Holder Wood Rack
$25.49
Handmade Nature Ebony Wood Tobacco Smoking Pipe Pouch Stand 10 Pipe Filters 508
Handmade Nature Ebony Wood Tobacco Smoking Pipe Pouch Stand 10 Pipe Filters 508
$14.99
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 066
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 066
$1.35
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 065
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 065
$1.60
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 067
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 067
$1.35
Brand New in Box Unique Rose Wood Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 075
Brand New in Box Unique Rose Wood Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 075
$2.25
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 076
Brand New in Box Unique Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 076
$1.35
Brand New in Box Unique Shiny Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 079
Brand New in Box Unique Shiny Wood Color Durable Tobacco Smoking Pipe 079
$0.99

Master carvers choose the species of tree they use for their pipes very carefully, as well as the section of wood that is specifically needed for each pipe. Slower growing trees provide more resistance to climate, with winter offering harder and denser wood. Those trees that grow in rocky, dry soils in higher areas are chosen for their tight grain and strength.

The very first wood pipes to be carved in Europe were actually copied from Native American examples and also from the first generation of European clay pipes. The earliest recorded wood pipe production was found in Germany in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The first wood pipes commercially produced were originally made by individual pipe makers or very small shops.