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.
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.
I found this Kaywoodie on eBay a couple of months ago and have been trying to decide what to do with it. It showed OK in the pictures and when I received it it had showed promise.
You can see by the shape of it, the thread style, that it had several different layers of finish on it. The cake in the bowl was irregular but not too bad. The rim is tarred and looked like it had been scraped.
The first thing I did was to remove the cake and use salt and alcohol to clean it. The rim needed a lot of attention so I sanded it on a table top with 320 grit sand paper.
Next, I took the bowl and soaked it in an alcohol bath to loosen the finish.
Once it came out of the bath I had to use various means to get the three finishes off. I used a wire brush on a Dremel; a wire brush, and I found that a grinding-bit that is for the Dremel did the best job.
By using the small grinder-bit by hand I was able to get the remaining finish off and keep the form of the lines.
The stem had light chatter on it and I used 1200 to 4000 grit sanding sponges and wet sanded the chatter out. I then went through 12000 grit sponges to get the sanding marks off. The stem dulled as it was plastic and I am not familiar working the plastic stems. I used Brebbia pipe and stem polish to bring it up some more. It still had a slight dullness to it so I put out a call for help on the PSU pipe forum to a friend Coastie. He suggested I use tripoli and white diamond as well as olive oil. This advise worked like a charm! The stem came up just fine.
I next restrained it with Oxblood stain using several coats and set it with a flame.
When the color looked OK I then worked on getting the finish and shine back onto the bowl. I used tripoli and white diamond and gave it a coat of wax and buffed it with a terrycloth rag.
It should give many good smokes to come!
I was asked by a friend to see if I could clean his pipes. He had a Savinelli Punto Oro 611, Marmet Bent and a Hardcastle Poker.
The three pipes were in OK condition. They had a lot of cake built up and the stems were oxidized.
I reamed the three bowls with my Castleford reamer beginning with the smallest and moving slowly up to the largest.
All cleaned up pretty well but the stem of the Hardcastle Poker was stuck and I had to put it into the freezer for several days to get it out. When it came out it had cake buldup in the shank that had to come out. Each day I was able to move it a bit more and it came out on the third day.When it came out it had cake buildup in the shank that had to come out.
The rims on all of the pipes needed some kind attention to clean them and repair small marks up. Tar stains on the rims were heavy on both the Savinelli and the Hardcastle. I used alcohol on them with no result. I then used saliva to work into the rim and loosen up the tar. This work very well.
The Marmet and the Hardcastle had chips around the rims and I used Dark Brown and Black anilin dyes mixed 2:1. Just a touchup was needed. I did this with a Q tip.
The stems were first given a bath of Oxyclean then wet sanded with 1200 to 4000 grit sponges, and dry ended with sponges up to 12000 grit.
I failed to photograph the complete cleaning of the stems.
When the stems were sufficiently cleaned inside and out, I used Brebbia pipe and stem polish on the stems, then reunited them with their bowls. Next they were buffed on the wheel with beeswax and buffed finally with a soft cloth.
They are now ready to be enjoyed again for a long time!
I recently went to a local flea market to see what or if I might find a treasure and came home with this little gem;
It is a ManXMan that was made by the Laxley Pipe Company Ltd on the Isle of Man before the company closed it’s doors in 2002. The pipe is made of Tanzanian Meerschaum which they were no longer able to get after 1985. The company made meerschaum pipes for Peterson until the supplies ran out.
First glance the pipe was not used very much. I put the stem in Oxyclean to clean up the oxidation and then worked on the clay that was on the side of the bowl. I used the stiff brush to get it off and after reaming the slight cake from the bowl I gave it an alcohol and salt bath.
I used black super glue to fill the dings at the rim of the bowl and blend it into the original finish.
The stem was in pretty good shape when it came out of the bath and after using pipe cleaners to clean the inside I used sanding pads from1200 to 4800 grit to bring back the finish. I then used the buffing wheel and polished the stem and bowl and gave the pipe a bees wax to bring up the shine.
This is a new blog about restoring tobacco pipes. I will be sharing my adventure along the way and showing how I bring old discarded pipes back to serviceable units ready to be refilled with a nice tobacco and enjoyed for years to come.
I would like to begin by saying that I am not a professional pipe restoration expert, nor do I have extensive experience in this area. I do however, have a love of old pipes and too much time on my hands. So by way of a hobby I will be primarily self taught.
There are a number of very fine bloggers on the web that I have followed and admire for their work in this field and hope to be able to achieve their level of craftsmanship.
So let’s begin our journey.
I have just finished a rusticated Rhodesian that I acquired on eBay as part of a 9 pipe collection all of which had no stems.
While this pipe has no identification markings from the maker a prior owner etched his name into the flat of one side of the shank.
Upon inspection the bowl was in relative good shape. I used my Castleford pipe reamer to scrape out the bowl and a number of qtips, pipe cleaners and Everclear to clean out the shank.
As I did not have a stem I had to make one for it. I selected one with the same shape. I do not have a tenon turning tool and must make the cut down by hand.
The top of the bowl had a lot of charring and needed further cleaning. I used the wet / dry emery cloth followed by micro sanding sponges from 1200 grit to 6000 grit. This left a nice patina on the rim.
The stem has a nice fit but a slight gap at the connection to the bowl. I will need to work this aspect further when I can get the tenon tool.
For my first effort this result came out satisfactory.
The pipe smokes great. Has a nice full draw and a maintains a cool smoke through the bowl.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did making it.