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0ldManJenkins

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Age : 48
Location : Florida
Registration date : 2015-02-23

PostSubject: 'Restoring' a no-name estate.   Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:00 pm

I ordered a couple clay pipes on ebay..   There were two little clay pipes, and two 'wood' pipes.  I bought it just for the clay, because they looked like fun (and it is.) ~$13 including shipping, seemed OK to try the two clay pipes.

One of the wood pipes was like an MM Ozark in shape but not as good quality, with a chewed up stem... so nothing I really care about.
The other pipe was a briar, with no markings that was a dusty brown, with an oxidized stem and some teeth marks.  Pretty nondescript.

I didn't take any before pictures, because I wasn't expecting anything, but after hours of cleaning, polishing and buffing, I was surprised at what emerged.

I still have some polishing and there is still some oxidation that is visible in the sunlight, but some birds-eye grain appeared, and the pipe is starting to look nice.
There is a chip on the shank, that I will need to figure out how to fill, and the pipe does have a few small dings that I'll probably ignore.

Here's the one 'before' picture I have, taken from the Ebay pic;


And here's a pic that I just took with my cell phone;


It will never be worth a lot, but it's a bit like finding a treasure when I didn't expect anything, and I'm looking forward to smoking it.
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Location : Kitchener, Ontario CANADA
Registration date : 2015-03-10

PostSubject: Re: 'Restoring' a no-name estate.   Mon May 04, 2015 8:57 am

Nice find, OMJ! That's my kind of estate acquisition - cheap, cheerful and pleasantly surprising. Very Happy

RE: the chip on the shank, I've had good luck mixing briar dust and CA glue to form sort of a wood paste filler. Dries fast, so get it in place quickly, then sand to shape. It ends up darker than the natural briar, but I don't think that would detract significantly from your estate find.

Of course if the dark fill bugs you, you could fit a nickel band over the end of the shank to hide the fix. That would dress up the old girl a bit, too. Wink
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0ldManJenkins

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PostSubject: Re: 'Restoring' a no-name estate.   Mon May 04, 2015 10:44 am

Thanks for the tips Ontariopiper.

Having a little color mismatch wouldn't bother me much on this one, but I really like the idea of a silver band. That would really look good.

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PostSubject: Re: 'Restoring' a no-name estate.   Wed May 06, 2015 5:23 pm

Nice little find!
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