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Baldo Baldi re-stem (pic heavy)

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  1. georged

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    Baldo Baldi is a slightly mysterious citizen of the PipeWorld. He doesn't promote his pipes, particularly, just quietly cranks them out in his tiny Genoa workshop. The shapes are completely his own, and the grain of the wood he uses is often astonishing. (His highest grades sell for thousands of dollars.) As a result, he's on many collector's "must have" lists.

    http://pipedia.org/wiki/Baldi

    I was recently sent one of his pipes to have its stem replaced completely, since there was no other option. It was unrecoverable. (The original tenon had already been replaced once, and after a subsequent impact the repair itself failed---the body of the stem cracked where the Delrin replacement tenon had been inserted.)

    Since I didn't have access to the original acrylic stem stock (I'm fairly certain it is something Baldo casts himself), the owner decided to go with Tortuga tortoise shell for #2. It's a bit darker, but very richly figured, and looks like something Baldo might have used himself if he'd made the pipe on a different day.

    Because of the previous tenon breakage problems---it's a large and fairly heavy pipe---I thought it best to reinforce the new one with SS tubing.

    Turned out well, I think.

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    Posted 3 years ago #
  2. dmcmtk

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    George, I think your customer is going to be VERY HAPPY! The pipe itself, that wavy rim is a lovely detail!

    Dave
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    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Very nice work and the color selection is very tasteful.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Dare I say I prefer the newer stem colour?

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Amazing work as always George. This pipe looks great with the new stem. I think Baldo Baldi himself would very happy.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    The new stem appears to be perfection itself, and is, to my eye, an improvement over the original. And, the logo looks perfect, and I know how hard (though deceptive) that one is. The only thing I can find any fault at all with is that it's not mine.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Looks pretty good!

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Great job on the re-stem George. The new colour is a big improvement over the original in my opinion. Well done.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    georged, amazing. I own a Baldo and agree with your write up. They are a must own pipe.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Although I don't have any Baldi's, I'd like to some day. Awesome job with matching the shape and logo. I'd be real happy to add this one to my collection. I've heard his stems typically could stand to be opened some, but it's hard to tell from the pics if that was the case with this pipe's original stem.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Outstanding work as always but you understand how p****d I am at you right?

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    Outstanding work as always but you understand how p****d I am at you right?

    Are you talking about my mistakenly putting that $60K bet of yours on the Mets because I fat-fingered the code on that Vegas website? Hey, it coulda happened to anybody. I said I was sorry, man, what more do you want from me?

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    OK... Dan didn't try to bet $60K on the Royals through me. I made that up. It was $100K, and he accidentally donated it to a GoFundMe project in Guatamala.

    As for why he was pissed, he's the KC club's insanely hardworking & prolific newsletter editor---it averages 40+ pages a month---and would appreciate it if I'd send him repair project summaries and photo sets once in a while. Which, since I'm a club member, is a fair gripe.

    Dan? I'll do better for ya from here on out, OK? Pinkie promise.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    I prefer the new color and like the look of the sturdier stem. Good work!

    "My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whiskey." -- William Faulkner

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    Posted 3 years ago #
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    I love tortoise shell items (sunglasses, etc.), so the new stem floats my boat.

    I'm fascinated by your ability to recreate random stem logos.

    Al

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    George, as with the other replacement stems I've seen you post, this one is superior to the original. The lines are sharper and the shaping is more accurate (especially the line of the saddle, which looks to be at a slight angle on the original). It looks like perfect execution of what was intended, and the internals appear to be top quality. If I owned this pipe I would be extremely pleased with the stem you created, and it would affect positively my enjoyment of the pipe.

    It isn't really the topic of this thread, but I can't help commenting that I don't understand the high prices of Baldi pipes in today's market. I only have one, and it is clumsily shaped, heavy, and has a restricted draw. Generally when I look at other Baldis they also appear to be relatively unsophisticated in their shaping, but often selling at prices where you would expect extremely fine and detailed shaping and finishing. Perhaps I'm missing something and, George, with your eye and experience, I'd be interested in your opinion. But disregard this if you prefer not to sidetrack the thread away from stem manufacture and onto the merits of the pipe.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    I'm a HUGE fan of Baldis smooth pipes. Brilliant job on that one!!

    Nate @ Moody AL
    Posted 3 years ago #
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    I am not sure about his pipes exactly, but the highest quality briar (growth rate, age, visible grain, block size, sound, defects) is very expensive.

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    George, beautiful work. I rather like the darker stem but the recreation is perfect. Dutch

    Posted 3 years ago #
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    The replacement stem is imho an huge improvement , and the job is again beyond perfection : eagles fly alone George
    I own two BB's. If it were not such a sin ; they are to kill for .

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Dare I say I prefer the newer stem colour?

    Yes, you do! As did everyone else.

    Orlando- photos, please!

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Great work. Thanks for taking the time to post. That stem is awesome.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    This is one of them :



    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Outstanding job, George! Love that new stem and prefer the tortoise over the original.

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    The replacement stem is imho an huge improvement , and the job is again beyond perfection : eagles fly alone George 
    I own two BB's. If it were not such a sin ; they are to kill for .

    How are Baldo Baldi pipes?

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    New stem very good, old stem bad.

    The Old Cajun
    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Nice, Orlando!

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    Excellent! I had a P-lip style hyper-oxidized Vulcanite stem on a freehand estate pipe replaced with a tortoise shell fishtail stem and it made a whole new pipe with a West Germany stamp. It was a whole new day.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Welcome to Internet forums, where old threads eventually become new again.

    (At first, I couldn't figure out why this popped up again. Then realized it was new to anyone who signed up after it was originally posted.)

    As before, thanks for the kind words, gents. That was a fun one.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Wow !!! Very nice !

    cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.......

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    Posted 1 month ago #
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    I love the tortoise pipe stem. Is there a source for those or only through a guy like george?

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
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    I love the tortoise pipe stem. Is there a source for those or only through a guy like george?

    Dunhill once offered tortoise as its super-duper-extra-ultra-luxury stem option, many times more expensive than even ivory or amber, never mind "common" materials like horn or ebonite, but it has been illegal to harvest, trade in, or anything else for a long time. As in, get-visited-by-guys-with-guns-if-you-try illegal.

    There are two kinds of decent synthetic tortoise available for pipe stems, though. One is available semi-molded (meaning it still requires significant shaping and fitting), while the other is strictly rod stock. Quite difficult to work with, but the fancier/better looking of the two. (It's what was used for this Baldi)

    As for me being a source for the material, I'm not. I just fabricate it. The supplies I use come (mostly) from either Steve Norse or Tim West.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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