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Blackhorse
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PostSubject: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:31 pm

A long while ago I came into the ownership of a Boswell Giant Bulldog...circa '97...with a broken stem. Good draw, and it had promise. I contacted Boswell's, asking if they could both do a new bit for the pipe and if they would re-do the totally funky 'rustication' which was one of those that tried to form a pattern on the briar...again, which was to my eye totally funky. I wanted the strummel, below the rings to be totally rusticated, with the rings and rim left smooth. They would do a new bit, but wouldn't touch the existing rustication, for whatever reason I don't know.

So I found another stem in my parts bin, but it was too large to fit the shank and not having a lathe I fudged up a way to run a piece of steel down the bore and set it up in my handy dandy DeWalt Compact LiIon drill...using that to turn the stem while I applied a variety of tools and gradually reduced the diameter to the point where it fit well. Thus, the stem issue was solved.

THEN - using my series of Iwasaki Japanese Carving files, and other files and papers, took the existing rustication down almost to a smooth surface and created a sort of 'dripping wax' look under the bottom-most ring, similar to what several of my favorite Italian makers offer...like Radice, for one. I love that look, and since I could do whatever I wanted...that's what I did! Then I went at the body of the strummel with one of my carving tools, a small narrow gouge, creating a surface covered with small deeply incised/indented shapes and finished with a very very fine 'parting' tool to score each of the indents with a series of fine lines, rather like hatchmarks...orienting these at 30, 60 and 90 degrees to each other as I worked along the surface of the strummel. The resulting effect can be seen in the following photos, which also show the original surface and the stage at which I had taken the surface down just prior to rusticating it.

The re-staining was done with a dark brown on the rim and rings and black in the rusticated section...using Feibings Leather Dye. Followed by two coats of 100% pure Tung Oil, three days of drying and a final buff. No Carnuba yet. I'll let the oil dry for another month and then apply the wax with a soft wheel.

Did it turn out the way I wanted? Well, pretty much. Although the 'dripping wax' design doesn't really fit in an ideal way... it sort of works. And the rustication is by and large the way it was intended. So that's good...IMHO.



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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:35 pm

You are the MacGyver of the pipe world, my friend
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:00 pm

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cheers cheers cheers

Right back atcha, brother!
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:01 pm

Good job on that stummel. Looks like it was made that way.
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:18 pm

thats cool, good job man

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:30 am

Wow! Great job!! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:42 am

Thanks guys. It's really what they should have done in the first place, re the placement of the rustication. The draw on the thing is spot on however, so it might just be a good smoker.

I've never really done well with giants like this in the past - so I'll be needing some experienced advice as to what cut of weed I should be looking at...flake..broken flake...coarse cut? Something slow burning for sure!

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:43 am

Says Dark Flake all over it! Twisted Evil

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:44 am

Assassin!

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:08 am

Great job Blackhorse! You should have went ahead and rusticated the Boswell's nonmenclature as well! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:44 am

Darn fine job brother, that is one heck of an improvement.
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:58 am

WOW!! I am very impressed. Outstanding job!
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:18 pm

absolutely beautiful job!!!
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:03 pm

Very, very nice work! I own five Boswell's and was just in their shop a few days ago. I often recommend J.M.'s pipes to others because of their quality and smokability. BUT, the artistic aspect of the pipes is, in my opinion, somewhat lacking. Your upgrade is excellent. Ever think of moving to Chambersburg as an artistic consultant?
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:29 pm

I like it. Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:09 pm

Sweet BH. cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:35 pm

Vast improvement, that pipe looks awesome now, a bowl that size just screams shag tobacco or a bit of nice broken flake, what ever you smoke in it I reckon it'll perform in aces. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:23 pm

To be honest, it was more a challenge project, the original rustication being such an affront.

The pipe is actually too large for a straight pipe, the way I smoke, and I'm pretty sure I'll eventually sell it.




Maybe it's that I'm afraid that if I light it up the resulting thermal disruption in the surrounding atmosphere would kick off homeland security's sensors and I'd be inundated by HS Ninjas or something! lol

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:30 pm

Nice Job, the new rustication looks much better
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:13 pm

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Nice Job, the new rustication looks much better

You bet.

The original was too reptilian.

Nice work.
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:57 pm

Dutch wrote:
Great job Blackhorse! You should have went ahead and rusticated the Boswell's nonmenclature as well! lol!

Aye. That's what I would have done.
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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:42 am

Well, I didn't for a specific reason I guess. Knowing it would be too big for personal use I left the original makers name intact as it speaks to the quality of the Briar and the engineering. And once the nomenclature is gone it's a 'no name'. So...the future owner would have at least that level of documentation as to what he had in hand.

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PostSubject: Re: THEY wouldn't do it...so I did it myself!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:46 am

Blackhorse wrote:
Well, I didn't for a specific reason I guess. Knowing it would be too big for personal use I left the original makers name intact as it speaks to the quality of the Briar and the engineering. And once the nomenclature is gone it's a 'no name'. So...the future owner would have at least that level of documentation as to what he had in hand.

Wise decision, 'no name' pipes will never gather interest in re-sale that a pipe with its original nomenclature will gather, shame you don't feel comfortable using it, it's a lovely pipe, but if it's too big then it's too big at the end of the day. Smile
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