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 Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.

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ontariopiper

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PostSubject: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:38 am

Here's another refurb I recently completed. This Dunhill Shell Briar billiard came to me in an estate lot, and suffering from a poorly-executed past repair. At some point in the past the bowl had been broken off the shank and glued back on out of alignment.  It was also missing its White Dot stem, coming instead with a black replacement stem. The stem, however, was well executed and fit well.

The stummel as received:




And then this happened. The old glue gave out during cleaning.



I've written the entire restoration up on my blog for those who want the full story.

Dunhill Shell Briar Restoration on DadsPipes

As a teaser, here are a few pics of the finished pipe.




Thanks for looking!

- Charles
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eklektos44

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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:49 am

Great job! It really looks nice and it's wonderful to see a poor abused pipe brought back to life. Congrats! cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:54 am

eklektos44 wrote:
Great job! It really looks nice and it's wonderful to see a poor abused pipe brought back to life. Congrats! cheers cheers cheers

Thanks! This one was a bit of a head-scratcher for me, as I'd never done a "re-heading" before. Working on an old Dunhill was also a bit psychologically daunting. This was one refurb I didn't want to take a step too far and end up with a mockery of a once-fine pipe. I took it slow, one step at a time. Very Happy
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Richard Burley

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Location : North Coast NY
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:56 am

Wow. You've got way more patience--and skill--than I.
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:00 am

Richard Burley wrote:
Wow. You've got way more patience--and skill--than I.

More patience than skill, I think, Richard! I call myself a hobbyist at best. My wife calls me a "professional tinkerer" when she's not calling me other things! Laughing Laughing
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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:21 pm

Man, THAT'S one FINE piece of work ya did guy !! Any idea as to it's age?
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:35 pm

monbla256 wrote:
Man, THAT'S one FINE piece of work ya did guy !! Any idea as to it's age?

Thanks monbla!

IF my deciphering of the remnants of the Dunhill stampings on the pipe are correct, I've nartowed the pipe's year to one of 1928, 1950 or 1969. Unfortunately the stamp that would tell us for sure has been obliterated by time and wear.
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:56 pm

nice work, seamless!
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:03 pm

riff raff wrote:
nice work, seamless!

Thanks riff raff. The repair stands out to me, but I know where it is, I guess! My wife couldn't find it until she looked at the bottom of the pipe where I sanded less to protect the stampings. Smile

So I'm happy with it. Any time I can fool the Mrs!! Laughing
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tslots

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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:11 pm

Wow, great job on an abused Dunhill! Looks ready for a few more decades of use.
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AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Tue Aug 18, 2015 1:35 am

You took what looked to be a piece of crap and turned it into a rather nice looking Dunnie. I'm impressed. Smile

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:14 am

Very nice work, it looks like you've gotten pretty good at refurbs my friend

cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:11 pm

RobJ wrote:
Very nice work, it looks like you've gotten pretty good at refurbs my friend

cheers

Thanks RJ! I feel pretty good about this one but still consider myself a novice restorer. Thank goodness for the Internet and those smarter & more experienced than me who are gracious & generous enough to share their knowledge with the likes of me. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:50 pm

The first time I snap a shank off like that it's going to be an emotional blow!
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PostSubject: Re: Another refurb - a Dunhill Shell Briar that met a sad fate.   Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:03 am

juanmedusa wrote:
The first time I snap a shank off like that it's going to be an emotional blow!

Ain't that the truth! I'm glad I was working on a pipe somebody ELSE broke! Very Happy
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