My dearly beloved is with her sister near Liverpool this week. As normal during her absences she leaves no list of things to do whilst she's away but just stares at things when she gets back with that 'so you didn't do that then' look on her face. It's a couple of days before she returns and I looked around and thought 'I'll do the ironing'.
Oh s**t, you have to have done the washing before you can do the ironing!
Everything that didn't move fast enough was scooped up and thrown in the machine, chemicals added, and set off.
After a few minutes I kept hearing this clunking noise of something hard hitting glass. I returned to the machine and stared at the glass door until, to my horror, I saw the definite outlined of a pipe going round and round!!
My machine allows you to open the door in mid cycle as long as there's not too much water in it. So waited 'til I could see the pipe again, opened the door and grabbed the pipe before any water started draining out of the saturated clothing. Problem- got the bowl but no stem
. Couldn't risk opening the machine again so had to let it finish before I could rescue the stem!
The pipe, a Kaywoodie Standard 86B with 4 hole stinger and srew-in stem, looks fine, any polish/finish it had has gone and the stem shows signs of oxidation (suprise, suprise).
Here is the problem - how long should I leave it for the briar to dry out? Should I try and stop it drying out too quickly in case it cracks? The cake looks fine so should I just let it dry or should I remove it?
I know some will say 'it's only a Kaywoodie' but it is the only factory briar pipe I have made in the US (my other two Kaywoodie were made in England) and it has always been a great smoker.
Any advice would be gratefully received.