HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  MemberlistMemberlist  UsergroupsUsergroups  Log in  
Share | 
 

 Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?

Go down 
AuthorMessage
sf1973



Location : SF Bay Area
Registration date : 2011-11-30

PostSubject: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:11 am

I have a few pipe's I inherited from my grandfather. I was thinking about having one in particular refurbished since the stem is a bit loose. I don't want it to loose any of the original markings. Does anyone have any experiences they would care to share about specific services they have had performed? It's not a valuable pipe (to anyone else) that I know of, but its kinda neat since its sold under the store name that started in the Gold Rush. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Back to top Go down
View user profile
stemandbriar

avatar

Age : 39
Location : Oak Creek, WI
Registration date : 2011-12-14

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:44 pm

As a person who restores estate pipes, I have found several techniques to cleaning and bringing them back to life.

I would recommend a good ream, followed by and alcohol retort for the bowl.
A good 3 part buff for the bowl ending with Carnuba.
And a good careful stem de-oxidation followed by more polishing.
Also do any sanding or patching to take out bit or teeth marks.

As for the loose stem, a little water, or simply smoking it tends to work.

Be happy to help, or guide you through it if you want to attempt yourself.

Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.stemandbriar.com/
sf1973



Location : SF Bay Area
Registration date : 2011-11-30

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:06 am

Thanks for the reply. What do you mean when you say "a little water" in regards to the loose stem? I am guessing that water won't affect the vulcanite. I can't imagine wetting the wood, so I'm at a loss. The rest of your suggestions make sense, I'm just hesitant to do it with a pipe I care about. I'd buy some cheap estate pipes for practice, but time is limited these days.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
stemandbriar

avatar

Age : 39
Location : Oak Creek, WI
Registration date : 2011-12-14

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:55 am

I have had a few lose stems that were solved from smoking.
My understanding is they simply dried out, and the act of smoking allowed them to swell just a little.

You can take a q-tip, and where the stem beats the shank, wet that inside area just a little.
Let the two pieces sit apart for a few days / week so that the water works its way back into the wood.

That's essentially what smoking will do for you.

Its also why you should rest your pipes between smokes. It allows them to dry out. But a pipe that's been in storage for a long time will dry out too much. It's a fine balancing act.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.stemandbriar.com/
sf1973



Location : SF Bay Area
Registration date : 2011-11-30

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:47 am

I may try that and see if it does anything to tighten things up. If so, maybe I'll try fixing up the rest of it. Otherwise I may just commission the whole job. Thanks.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
SPUD 15

avatar

Age : 71
Location : Winter Springs Florida
Registration date : 2011-09-07

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Sun Dec 25, 2011 7:52 pm

You can also put beeswax on the stem it will thgten it up for you.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
TommyGun76



Age : 42
Location : Fraser Valley British Columbia Canada
Registration date : 2011-05-26

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:21 am

A great pipe repair shop is Floyd Norwood pipe repair , just google him excellent work and very good prices with super fast turn around used Norwood 4 times now and had the pipes cleaned and repaired and back in my hands in a weeks time . I have heard good things about Walker briar works but from what I always see on the site he is swamped and turn around time is pretty long
but if you just need to tighten a stem beeswax and a few smokes does the trick !
Back to top Go down
View user profile
LIPIPE

avatar

Age : 70
Location : Setauket,Long Island and upstate Granville, New York
Registration date : 2010-12-18

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:59 am

I'm seconding Floyd Norwood (FLNpipe.com). He has done an outstanding job on a pipe I sent to him several months ago. He is a craftsman and a gentleman.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Cigar2you

avatar

Location : Havre de Grace, Maryland
Registration date : 2010-04-08

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:43 am

stemandbriar wrote:
As a person who restores estate pipes, I have found several techniques to cleaning and bringing them back to life.

I would recommend a good ream, followed by and alcohol retort for the bowl.
A good 3 part buff for the bowl ending with Carnuba.
And a good careful stem de-oxidation followed by more polishing.
Also do any sanding or patching to take out bit or teeth marks.



Can you elaborate on sanding and patching the stem?
Back to top Go down
View user profile
alfredo_buscatti

avatar

Age : 63
Location : Piedmont, North Carolina
Registration date : 2007-12-17

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:37 pm

LIPIPE, thanks for the link; I'd never heard of them.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
ejames

avatar

Age : 67
Location : Poplar Bluff,Mo.
Registration date : 2012-02-01

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:33 am

Cigar2you, sometimes a little heat will lift some toothmarks in a vulcanite stem.You can use a heat gun,hair dryer or a Bic lighter-if you are very careful .You can also hold the stem in some boiling water deep enough to cover the toothmarks. That will turn your stem a nice shade of brown though!
I like to wet sand stems starting with the finest grit that will remove the scratches etc. Not all tooth marks can be safely sanded out. Usually I start with 400 and work up to 800 and then buff with white compound.If you don't have a buffer,then check into getting some Micro-Mesh. It will,with a lot of elbow grease put a decent shine on your stems. You might check into Walkers stem polishing kit also.
Back to top Go down
View user profile http://www.ozarksouthpawpipes.com/index.html
Boxerbuddy

avatar

Location : Boston, Massachusetts
Registration date : 2011-10-06

PostSubject: Re: Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?   Thu Feb 09, 2012 5:12 pm

+1 for Norwoods pipe repair. I had a snapped tenon repaired by him.....great job and a super fast turn around.
Back to top Go down
View user profile
Georgiastonewall

avatar

Location : Georgia
Registration date : 2015-06-20

PostSubject: American Smoking Pipe Repair outstanding   Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:59 pm

I just had and old Edwards pipe that had cracks on the inside repaired By Mary Ann Keller at American smoking pipe repair. She fixed the cracks and relined the bowl with a briar dust compound and it smokes great! quick turnaround and great communication!
Back to top Go down
View user profile
 
Best Pipe Repair / Refurb?
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» Electronic repair
» Hose Pipe Bans
» The length of the title for this topic must be ranging between 10 and 255 characters , How could I repair it?
» The Jukebox Forum
» Vladislav Inozemtsev: Putin Is Waking Up From Chinese Pipe Dream

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Brothers of Briar :: Pipes & Tobacco :: Pipe Techniques-
Jump to: