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.