I got a weird thing in the post Saturday just gone, a smallish jiffy bag sent from a PO Box address in Wales, I don't know anyone from Wales that I am aware of so this was really weird but many many thanks to the sender, did I mention the sending address was a PO Box, so weird.
I sadly didn't have the fore thought to take a photo of what was inside the jiffy bag before I took it out to the shed and tore into it, it was a Peterson System pipe, almost identical to the one I had before that was broken, ya know the one I did the Pete Pictorial for!
This pipe is actually quite new in as much as it doesn't seem to have been smoked very often, but it was in a horrible state, it looked rather like some one had taken it outside and kicked it around the ground for a good few hours. It was gouged, scratched and dinged like you just wouldn't believe, at first I thought some one had sent it to me as a 'gag pipe', that's been done several times over the past year, but hell, this is a Peterson pipe we're talking about here so out to the shed I went.
The P-Lip was so badly damaged I cut it off as I do with all P-Lip stems, I can't stand the darn things, then I set to rusticating this poor little baby, as you guys know there isn't enough Briar on these Pete's to get a serious craggy rustication safely so I gave it a shallow rustication, just deep enough to get shot of all the surface damage on the Briar, turned out quite well I think, it is a super smoker, I love Pete's.
The pipe looked something like this but imagine it really badly beaten up, this was my own old Pete Sys' before I did the Pete Pictorial.
This is how this poor beaten up baby looks now:
I tried to get the stem bent the same as my old one as the angle I changed mine to was perfect for hanging, I reckon I got it pretty darn close but then that's a real easy bend to do with Ebonite stems, just heat and push, darn things just want to bend that way. I wish I had thought to take a photo of it before I got to work on it, it was a sorry looking thing, if you look carefully at the rustication you can still see where some of the larger damaged surface areas were, especially on the bowl face and heel.
Not too shabby eh.