London Hall Supreme

A while ago I bought this Dublin shaped bowl from eBay. It was in good shape and just needed a stem and good cleaning for it to resume service.

The bowl did not have much cake built up like it was rarely used. So I just gave it a light brushing out and a course of salt and alcohol and pipe cleaners in the shank. There was a slight burn on the top which I wiped with alcohol and soft cloth. One thing it did have was a fine threaded insert in the shank. I removed it before I began to work on it.

I selected an oval stem to replace the missing one and turned it to fit with the PIMO tenon tool. I’m still trying to master this and believe I now have at least a basic understanding of it.

Once the stem was fit I added a little color to the bowl by using a Dark Brown stain to it. After applying the stain I flamed it to set it and then wiped it down with alcohol to get to the desired richness.

The grain of the bowl is very nice and I did not want to hide it. There are no visible fills or defects in it and has a great character to it.

I then polished the stem with sanding sponges beginning with the 1200 to 4000 grits with water and then dry sanding the 6000 to 12000 grits. I followed this with Brebbia’s Pipe and Stem Polish to get the shine up.

When the bowl was ready I took it to the wheel and polished it with white diamond and then wax, added the stem and was very happy with the results.

After I posted this it was suggested that I put a bend in the stem. I have not done this before and had to get the idea settled first. I did some research to see how to do it.

I went to the Reborn pipes blog and found the method to use and it worked very well.

I took the stem and inserted a pipe cleaner into it. I used my paint removing heat gun to heat the stem evenly.

 

After I heated the stem I used my bottle of everclear to roll the stem over it to get the shape.

 

I just put a slight bend in the stem.

Thanks to Steve at Reborn Pipes for the suggestion and instructions on how to get this done.

No Name Flame and Hand Cut Billiard

Today  I am writing after reserecting a no name “Imported Briar”  bowl that I won on eBay a couple of month ago. When this pipe came to me it had no stem. I see that the seller has decided to sell the bowls and the stems separately. This causes me some heartburn as I was able to get the bowls but no stems.

The bowl top was not too bad and neither was the cake inside.

 

The first thing I did was to ream the bowl with my Castleford reamer. It cleaned up quite easily. Next I topped the pipe by sanding it on a hard bench surface with 320 sandpaper. I saved the dust for use in filling any damaged areas in future reserections.

 

When I redid this pipe I used an Army style stem and hand made the tenon with a dremel and sanding drum combination and medium grit sanding cloth.

 

 

Next I sanded the stem with micro sanding pads from 1200 to 4800 grits.

 

Next I went through 6000 to 12000 grits to clean the rest of the stem and bring up the shine.

 

Once the stem was finished I rubbed it down with Brebbia’s Stem & Bowl cleaner and buffed it on the wheel with white diamond.