Latest Stem Project - New Life
Age : 72
Location : Portland, Oregon Area
Registration date : 2010-10-23
Age : 46
Location : Ojai, Ca.
Registration date : 2012-03-20
|Subject: Re: Latest Stem Project - New Life Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:29 pm|| |
thanks for this thread BH. I am on the cusp of picking up some really great quality but as of yet unrefurbished estates and the stems look a lot like the ones on the right (very yellow). I was concerened about that but wanted to take the time to refurbish all of them. a learning experience for sure. I've already ordered the canoba (sp?) wax and picked up a couple buffing wheels. Been reading up a bit on restoration processes (pro-sess-ees) and just want to make sure I don't make any mistakes.
AS a side question; as far as a cracked stummel goes, am I right to assume that they are irrepairable and theres no reason to pick those up as well. There are like 20 pipes and I think I noted 3 with cracked stummels.
Age : 69
Location : Poplar Bluff,Mo.
Registration date : 2012-02-01
|Subject: Re: Latest Stem Project - New Life Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:41 pm|| |
Nice work! Anymore,I hate doing stems. It tends to be boring, repetitious work. I'd much rather refinish a bowl. But no matter how nice you get the bowl,if that stem doesn't shine,the pipe looks like crap IMO. So, I sand and buff,sand and buff, sand.......
Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10
|Subject: Re: Latest Stem Project - New Life Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:43 pm|| |
Very nicely done! Seeing how I hand make all of my stems, I understand how much of a process it is getting a raw material to look like glass. It takes a lot of work and you've done a great job!
I'm just going to throw this out there... If you're using buffing wheels, have you tried Red Tripoli and White Diamond (in that order) buffing compounds? If you get the right buffs (one for each compound), spin them at about 1750 RPMs or slower, you can get a really nice shine. You still have to work your way up through the sand paper grits, but those compounds can make a world of difference.
Don't know if that will help but I thought I'd try.
Great work on those stems. Your buddy will be very excited when he sees the outcome.
Age : 53
Location : South Carolina
Registration date : 2012-03-22
|Subject: Re: Latest Stem Project - New Life Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:57 pm|| |
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- AS a side question; as far as a cracked stummel goes, am I right to assume that they are irrepairable and theres no reason to pick those up as well. There are like 20 pipes and I think I noted 3 with cracked stummels.
Where is the crack? If it is on the shank, and the shank is a regular shape (basically a non freehand style) it can usually be repaired by using a metal band. A lot of times you may see a older model pipe made in a shape that didn't come with a silver band, and wonder of it's origin. Usually if a shank cracks, from twisting on a bit to hard, or when it was stuck, a silver smith or pipe repair shop would glue the crack and then place a decorative band over the glue join, and also allow the band to reinforce the weak spot.
I think this is where the origins of metal banded pipes came from. The British Gentry could afford nice briar pipes, while the common laborer was forced to use clay or inferior briar. The Gentry could afford to have a high priced Dunhill, or what not repaired, and the silver band was seen by the commoners as more of a decoration rather than the actual repair. I think that bled over into the mass produced pipe market, for the common man, as the silver banded cap, on later pipe shanks, or maybe it could be a carry over from Army Mounted pipes, and adaptation from them as used by Officers, and bled over to mass production.
anyways, that's all idle speculation on my part... I seem to be navel gazing on that one, so I'll leave you to consider banding as a repair method, as an alternative to disposal, if the pipe warrants it.
Latest Stem Project - New Life