My new/old Grabow Restoration Candidate

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mikethompson

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After the technical mishap of it being sent back to the sender, my Dr. Grabow Golden Duke has arrived. I picked this up to practice restoring pipes, as the bowl has some burn marks. The stem looks perfect aside from usual discolouration.
The pipe is very small as well, I thought something called a Golden Duke would be bigger, but smaller means less work right?




 

scloyd

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Nice pipe Mike. Glad it finally arrived. Looking forward to the after pics. Good luck.

 

didimauw

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Awesome pipe. I recently restored a crown Duke bully similar to that one. Mine has the blue spade. Made back when stems were real vulcanite.
Can't wait to see how it turns out for you!

 

mso489

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Looks like a great little smoker. Once you get it cleaned up, I bet you'll reach for that one often.

 

acidpox

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Cant wait to see it all cleaned up. The grabow I just recently redid gets smoked often.

 

bnichols23

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Even I could deal with a shape like that. A bulldublin, how much better could it get?! (Hush, Duane, I know what you're going to say. -laugh-)
You *are* planning on stell-wooling that daggone spade off the stem, right? :twisted:
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mikethompson

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Thanks guys, it is coming along. Hopefully I'm picking up some tricks and skills along the way.
I'm not sure if the calibre will be up to some of the restorations I see around here, but its all about growth right?
No comment on the upside down pictures Bill? You must be slipping.

 

mikethompson

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The progress so far:
Rim has been cleaned with 1800 grit micromesh. I've still got a little on there to get off but most of it is gone. I cleaned the whole bowl with Murphy's oil soap and a toothbrush, plugging the bowl with two cotton balls. An incredible amount of grime came off.






 

lawdawg

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Already cleaning up nicely! The first set of pics gave me the impression that the rim was severely charred, but it looks comparatively minor in the "after" pics. Looking forward to seeing the finished pipes. Even though I don't old any Grabows or Kaywoodies etc., I like seeing these classic America everyman's pipes cleaned up and put back into use.

 

mikethompson

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Thanks guys! A few coats of mineral oil have really helped with that rough rim. Truthfully to be perfect the bowl would have to be topped slightly, but that's a little much for me right now. I'm happy with how the bowl went. Now to focus on the stem.

 

bnichols23

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Remember, Mike, 60 grit coarse will take that shovel off just like [snap] that.
Yeah, I agree that just a *little* topping could help, though not too much. Full faith & confidence, though, that you ain't so toopid as to not know when enough is too much.
On the pictures, so many of mine come out cockeyed, I figured it was normal!
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mikethompson

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Bill, now that I know you dislike Grabows so much, I have to ask why, and then maybe send you one!
Tom, thanks kindly. It will win no contests, but its turning out pretty good for my first time I think.

 

mso489

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I'd vote against topping the bowl. A little wear on a pipe is a good thing, and you are bringing it along nicely otherwise. You could sand it down and re-stain it, but I wouldn't. These grand old U.S. factory pipes are classic.