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jpmcwjr

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May 12, 2015
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By George, this is the worst re-stemming I've seen. I pun on Mr. D's name, as it's the polar opposite of his craft. I imagine him shouting "Noooooooooo!"
Has anyone photos of anything as bad?

Oh, yeah, you can bid on it at the 'Bay.

 

rmpeeps

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Oct 17, 2017
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For an added touch he could have utilized one of these stylish rings.

In fact, I think they are being used on a lot of new pipes these days.

Who needs a smooth and accurate stem transition when you can simply add some bling?


 

lightmybriar

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Mar 11, 2014
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That's bad for sure, but there is a guy on eBay who regularly sells Dunhills of all vintages that have been restemmed by what I can only imagine is a caffeine-saturated three-fingered monkey on a rough boat ride. The stems look terrible and the shanks are always horribly ground down into a little pinch to meet the edge of the new bad stem. Why do people do that?

 

crashthegrey

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Dec 18, 2015
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I have to hope that was a stem lying around that they just shoved on the pipe. Any further effort and that hurts.

 

ashdigger

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Jul 30, 2016
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That's bad for sure, but there is a guy on eBay who regularly sells Dunhills of all vintages that have been restemmed by what I can only imagine is a caffeine-saturated three-fingered monkey on a rough boat ride. The stems look terrible and the shanks are always horribly ground down into a little pinch to meet the edge of the new bad stem. Why do people do that?
Because the ignorant, uniformed and gullible buy pipes. I know I bought my share before I knew what I was looking at.

 

georged

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Mar 7, 2013
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The Great Divide between pipe collector/appreciators and pipe smokers will never end.
A significant percentage of PipeWorld citizens literally care about only one thing: can a given pipe be smoked? If the answer is yes, and it tastes good, nothing more matters.
The pipe in the first photo is almost certainly one of those, not ham-fisted repair work.
Most of us care about BOTH smoking our pipes and admiring their style/appearance/rarity, of course, but there are enough people who like only one or the other to provide amusement for the opposite group until the Sun goes nova. :lol:

 

renfield

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Oct 16, 2011
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Lightmybriar, you made me LOL.
That wasn’t a re-stemming, that was a hate crime.

 

ophiuchus

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Mar 25, 2016
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If it's for sale, that ... just ... sucks.
If it's just a member of someone's old collection, I wonder how it smokes. :puffy:

 

davek

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Mar 20, 2014
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Yeah, if it's just a pipe someone cobbled together to smoke it's not so bad. I picked through a box of estates considered not worth restoring at Carousel Tobacconist locally a while back. I got 5 bowls for a couple bucks each which were in good shape. The stems were basically destroyed. I fit black Missouri Meerschaum stems into them and smoke the heck out of them. They actually look a little better than that one believe it or not, but look pretty amateur on close inspection. I smoke them more than my better briars. At first I rode them hard and put them away wet and learned a bit about briars. (Betty Botter bought a bit of baccy but it made her briar bitter. So she bought some better baccy and it made her briar better.)

 

davek

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Mar 20, 2014
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Hey Bill. The "B"s in my post were reproducing and I just lost all control. My girlfriend says I'm obsessed with alliteration but she seriously says some stupid shit sometimes.