Are you interested in making your own Native American Pipestone or Catlinite Ceremonial Pipe? Are you finding it difficult to find any good information that will help you through the process? As many of you know Native American tradition is a very oral tradition. Instead of writing stories or certain techniques down on paper, they are often simply shared by elders passing down the information by telling stories or demonstrating first hand the idea/technique they want to pass on. We feel that this may be the reason that it is so hard for many people to find good information on different Native American subjects, like this one. They simply don't have access to a Native American elder who can help them.
Due to an increasing number of people like yourself, who want to make their own pipe, we have put together these simple directions or instructions for you at no charge. We encourage those of you who have questions to feel free to email or call us and we'll do our best to help you out.
For those of you who are going to be working with a raw piece of stone that you've purchased, you will want to start by looking at "Step 1". For those of you have purchased a cut out pipe blank, you will want to start with "Step 2". You may find it helpful to "enlarge" the photo's as you look at the individual steps. To do this, simply click on the "Enlarge Image" that you will see above the individual pictures.
The directions that we've put together are for a Native American Plains
pipe. The directions are basic, but they will help you with the fundamentals and before long you'll find that you can experiment with different shaped plains pipes and I think you'll even find these directions helpful if you're working on a completely different style of pipe.
For those of you needing supplies you can check out This Page
and you will find pipe blanks, raw stone, and soon you'll be able to find supplies to make your stems, tools that will be helpful, etc...
At some point in the future, depending on demand, we may include directions on how to make a sumac stem for your pipe also.
If you find these pipe directions useful and helpful, or would like to see some helpful hints on making a stem in the future, we'd like to hear from you. Much of the information and things we have for sale on our site comes from ideas that have been brought up by our customers. You'll find all the information you need to contact us Right Here