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jttnk

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Thank goodness this is a $9.00 pipe! Bowl reamed, stumble cleaned with Murphy’s oil soap, sand with micro mesh, rub a bit of mineral oil, salt alcohol soaking... all good so far.

Stem, soaked in oxiclean, sanded all the way through micro mesh pads 12000. Rouge, obsidian oil, wipe, wax, buff, looks good... pipe cleaner won’t pass. Add alcohol (to stem not me) no go. Ahhh maybe a wire will go through, saw a bit and break up whatever is clogging. Wire, no problem. Okay what if I wrap wire around bristle pipe cleaner, mid way through wire, pull through. Okay wire through, pipe cleaner not so much! Genius, pull harder... add alcohol to stem, pull...pop! Top of button flies off. Wait it gets worse....

Attempt to super glue piece back as it fits perfectly. Tiny dab of super glue around edges...and thumb stuck to stem! Sand skin off and call it a day! Hopefully the bowl will come out nice and I can have the stem replaced by a pro. Live and learn. Pipe pics are the before pics.2729
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jpmcwjr

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If hot water soak, poking wire through each end, and several repeats don't do it, what chasing said is the way to go. If you replace the stem, you'll have spent far more than the original cost. Worth it? Or just keep working on it. You've done the hardest part!

Nice illustrations. Good luck!
 
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jttnk

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Yeah, it’s toast I think. The gluing didn’t quite work. I don’t think this stem can be fixed. It was not clogged! It just seems like it was a super tight airway. Lesson is don’t force stuff. When you get stuck slow down or go get help.
 
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jttnk

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I never thought of that, good idea jpmcwjr.

Here’s the finished bowl waxed with paragon, buffed with clean wheel on a drill. I wonder if stripping and staining with saddle or dark brown fiebings would make this look better? I’m not doing anything unless the stem can be fixed. Again, $9.00 to experiment with is still a bargain for a,ll that I’m learning.
 

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mso489

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A pro could do a replacement stem for about $30, probably, but if you are out for education, you might try to craft one yourself. This pipe may not benefit from all your efforts, but you might learn restoration in the process. It takes a lot of patience and time I don't have, but it could be fun and worth it for other pipes.
 

jpmcwjr

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I myself wouldn't put more energy into this pipe, unless you are doing it for learning. Not a bad looker, but I don't think refinishing will make it a $50 pipe.



PS- Please post the full size images, not thumbnails.
 
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gerryp

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I did the exact same thing to the stem of a pipe I carved a few months ago. I was trying to open up the airway a little with a needle file and broke a piece off the button and the bottom of the stem. The airway was definitely more open.

I tried Crazy Glue first, but it failed when I put a pipe cleaner through the stem. I tried again with Loctite Super Glue Gel, and that did the trick. Sanded/polished it, put a little black Feibing's dye around the crack's outline, then carnauba wax. it's not perfect, but it has survived numerous pipe cleaners and isn't noticeable. 2767
 
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jttnk

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Ollie.
I myself wouldn't put more energy into this pipe, unless you are doing it for learning. Not a bad looker, but I don't think refinishing will make it a $50 pipe.



PS- Please post the full size images, not thumbnails.
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I am not sure how I posted thumbnails not pics. I’ll do some homework. For sure not spending more effort on this one. It’s ehhhh okay for the project experience, but not that great looking.
 
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gerryp

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Yeah, it’s toast I think. The gluing didn’t quite work. I don’t think this stem can be fixed. It was not clogged! It just seems like it was a super tight airway. Lesson is don’t force stuff. When you get stuck slow down or go get help.
jt, since the stem is shot anyway, if you want you can send it to me and I'll see if I can make it usable. I can't guarantee success, but I'll give it a shot.
Besides, being retired I have plenty of time. Plus when they decided it was safe to let me out, the nice people at the hospital said I should keep myself occupied with little projects so I don't get....um, agitated.
 
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jttnk

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Thanks Gerryp. I appreciate the offer. I’m going to see how I feel about the pipe for a bit (no pun intended). If I decide to finish it or “invest” more in it I will pm you and take you up on your offer. Jason.
 
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