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Piffyr

Piffyr

Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-10-24

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PostSubject: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyTue Dec 01, 2015 4:02 pm

This Barling 1279 EXEL was sent to me to see what I could do with it. The owner mentioned that it would probably have to be restemmed and stained dark to hide the burn marks. When it arrived, I took a look at it and saw that the rim was also in rough shape. It was deeply scratched and there was some burn damage on the inner front.

Here are a few photos of the pipe on arrival:

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Piffyr

Piffyr

Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-10-24

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyTue Dec 01, 2015 4:02 pm

I thought that I could probably repair the damage without making any major changes, which is what I prefer when I can. The lines of the stem presented some challenges since they changed from hard to soft and back again, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Here are some photos of the finished pipe:

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Another thing of note about this pipe is that it's stamped "1978" on the right-side shank along with the "EXEL" stamps. I'm far from a Barling expert, but it doesn't match any Barling stamping that I'm aware of and I have no idea what it signifies. I've asked around and I've heard some interesting theories, but nothing concrete. So, it remains a bit of a mystery. If anyone has a clue, please feel free to chime in.
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Brewdude

Age : 66
Location : Arid-zona
Registration date : 2011-05-04

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyTue Dec 01, 2015 4:15 pm

Wow! You did a bang-up job on that bro. Including and especially the fine button work. Did you use black super glue for that?

Cool 


Cheers,

RR

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Piffyr

Piffyr

Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-10-24

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyTue Dec 01, 2015 4:18 pm

Brewdude wrote:
Wow! You did a bang-up job on that bro. Including and especially the fine button work. Did you use black super glue for that?
Thanks, RR! Yep, the stem repair was done with black CA.
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ontariopiper

ontariopiper

Age : 47
Location : Kitchener, Ontario CANADA
Registration date : 2015-03-10

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 12:26 am

Excellent stem work, Piffyr, and a great restoration all around! cheers
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monbla256

monbla256

Age : 73
Location : DFW Metroplex, Texas
Registration date : 2012-01-15

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 12:45 am

ontariopiper wrote:
Excellent stem work, Piffyr, and a great restoration all around! cheers

My thoughts exactly !! bounce
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Piffyr

Piffyr

Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-10-24

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 12:57 am

Thanks for the kind words, gents! Very Happy
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Dutch

Dutch

Age : 53
Location : On the road.......
Registration date : 2010-11-06

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 2:50 am

Piffyr, that is a great restoration job, especially the stem restoration!

If I'm not mistaken, those 1978 stamped pipes are from a batch where the stems were made during or after 78, but the briar was carved years before during the pre-transition period.
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RobJ

RobJ

Location : Mukilteo, Washington USA
Registration date : 2014-07-07

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 12:00 pm

Excellent work!

cheers
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Piffyr

Piffyr

Location : Virginia
Registration date : 2015-10-24

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 12:10 pm

Dutch wrote:
Piffyr, that is a great restoration job, especially the stem restoration!

If I'm not mistaken, those 1978 stamped pipes are from a batch where the stems were made during or after 78, but the briar was carved years before during the pre-transition period.
Thanks, Dutch. I've heard that story too, but haven't been able to verify it. So, I'm not willing to call it fact, but I'm leaning that way. It fits the puzzle better than anything else that I've heard.
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Briarbabe

Briarbabe

Age : 39
Location : PA
Registration date : 2013-07-30

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyWed Dec 02, 2015 5:02 pm

Absolutely lovely restoration job.
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TwelveAMnTX

TwelveAMnTX

Age : 48
Location : TX
Registration date : 2015-06-26

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PostSubject: Re: Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration   Barling 1279 EXEL Restoration EmptyFri Dec 04, 2015 3:31 pm

Awesome job as always, looks spectacular!
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