GBD New Era 9487: Resto Before/After

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danielplainview

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Mar 30, 2014
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This one looked a little rough but I was pleasantly surprised how well preserved it was under all the cake. The rim was in perfect condition, as well as the mortise, tenon, and button. I de-grimed it and restained it with a mix of dark brown and oxblood. A heavily caked pipe is a gamble, sometimes it actually protects the briar, but most of the time it's only masking the damage. In this case I rolled 7's.













 

ssjones

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May 11, 2011
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Awesome pipe, restoration and shape! My experience is like yours on the cake build-up, it often does protect the bowl top. It is fun to see a beautifully shaped GBD bowl top revealed as you peel back the crud.

 

jackswilling

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Feb 15, 2015
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Bird's eye fan here as well, and I agree, you uncovered some beautiful wood. I can't get enough of the pipe transformations. They seem permanently roached, and as good as, or better than new. Amazing.

 

newbroom

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Jul 11, 2014
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The additional benefit from having that cake is the protection it gave both the rim AND the bowl. That's a nice piece of briar right there. I bet it will deliver as good as it looks.

Just a terrific job on that old treasure!

 

plateauguy

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Mar 19, 2013
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I love to see the before and after pictures. I always get carried away and forget the 'before' pictures. Great job!

 

milehighme

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May 18, 2015
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Beautiful restoration! I love the color you came up with. I guess I need to start mixing and matching my dyes

 

jkrug

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Jan 23, 2015
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That's a great looking pipe, really like the square shank and stem.

I would have guessed the rim of that bowl was burnt away based on the pics. Nice job. :puffy: