Lakota Beaded Wooden Pipe Picks
Alan Monroe, Lakota
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Authentic  beaded wooden pipe pick by Lakota Alan Monroe
Authentic Native American beaded wooden pipe pick by Lakota Alan Monroe

Authentic  beaded wooden pipe pick by Lakota Alan Monroe

    • Approximately 9 1/2" long.
    • 3/8" diameter
    • Hand carved from poplar with beeswax finish
    • Peyote stitch beads in a variety of colors. One each.
    • A tamper is used to pack the tobacco or smoking mixture in a pipe bowl firmly so it burns more evenly and stays lit.

Paula says - "This stick is a dual purpose tool – good for tamping with the flat end and cleaning out the bowl with the pointed end."

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Pipe Picks - As far as Native American pipe tools, the pick was traditionally a pointed wooden stick used to clean the pipe bowl and stir the herbs and grasses. After tobacco was introduced, tampers were made to press the tobacco tightly in the bowl so it would burn slower and stay lit.

Pipe Tampers - There are a number of different pipe tools that can be used depending on the smoking mixture. These include the pick and the tamper. A pick stirs up the smoking mixture, giving it more air so it will burn more readily and quickly. It can also be used to clean the pipe bowl. A tamper packs the smoking mixture down so it burns more evenly and more slowly.

Alan Monroe, Lakota artist began making catlinite tampers about 20 years ago. They are made of solid sacred catlinite from Alan's own mine at Pipestone National Monument in Pipestone Minnesota. The stone has been buffed and polished to a high gloss with beeswax.

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