Dr. Grabow Royal Duke Re-Stemmed and Reserected!

I was finally able to complete the restem of the Royal Duke I have been working on for some time now. I bought it on eBay as part of a group of no stemmed, in need of care, bowls. The over all condition was not too bad. So I gave it a good ream,  clean and salt / alcohol bath. The stem selected was a new vulcanite that was too big all around. So using the PIMO tenon and Dremel tools was able to get the size and shape I needed. Next up was to hand sand with the micro sponges at first I used the 1200-4000 with water to wet sand. Then after the stem dried I used the same three pads dry and went up to 12000 grit to get as much of a shine as I could. Finally using Brebbia Stem Polish and a nice fleece rag was able to get a nice shine to both the bowl and stem.

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Author: ReserectedPipes

The name ReserectedPipes is a bit like me. While misspelled, it it reflects a small portion of myself, out of kilter in most areas! This blog was started to give me an outlet to share pipe restoration with others. Like several aspects in my life, it was daunting and confusing at first. Then when I really got down into it I saw just how uncomplicated it really is, I was pleasantly surprised. While some think the they need to keep all they learn to themselves, I prefer to share with others what I've learned. In this endeavor I will give a lot of credit to those along the way where I have "stolen" ideas from. (First I recognize the source, then I give a reference, and last it's "like I always said") Seriously, I would like to express Great Thanks to Steve Laug, Reborn Pipes, for the selfless teaching he has offered to me over these past several years as I began my journey. His blog has been the go to place for me to garner as much as I can and to unravel the mysteries of pipe restoration. My wife and I live in Springville, Alabama, a small town NE of Birmingham. We have a son living in Atlanta with his wife and daughter (our little pride and joy). Ive been told that I've reached the Age of Retirement! Well that's not quite right. It's no an age thing is it!! I'm working two jobs and try to relax with the pipe reserections I do. Which I don't do enough of... Being in the South I also have a passion for BBQ. Another part of the complex life simplified. Smoked meats are another passion for me as well as smoking cheese in the winter. After 90 deg F you will melt and not smoke your cheese. Pork, Chicken and Ribs!! My back yard smells GREAT!!

3 thoughts on “Dr. Grabow Royal Duke Re-Stemmed and Reserected!”

  1. Looks good. Be careful with the Dremel to not take too much off the stem. You want to achieve a smooth transition between the shank and stem and not leave a step down or up or even worse rounded edges… hard to do but it can be done. Your work continues to get better and better. Well done on the stain and finish – top marks!!

    1. Thanks for the lesson. I will use this idea as I have several more to do and will need to bring down larger stems for each one. The sandpaper idea in your followup was helpful as well Thanks for that too and for the encouraging remarks about the skill improvement. I am working on getting better as I go forward and will continue to improve by following your example on your blogs.

      Thanks again!

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