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CPF Meerschaum Restoration

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  1. zack24

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    This one came in yesterday...

    Just a light cleanup made a big difference...




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    Breath-taking! The final result is just beautiful. Great work! Enjoy!

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  3. sablebrush52

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    Wow! That's a night and day difference!

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    Zack, why the saving/refurb instead of making? Not criticizing just wondering. I refurb myself usually.

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    Nice......

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    Fantastic.

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  7. zack24

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    I’m making about 3 pipes a month. I’ve also been buying traditional pipes to adapt more modern shapes from...and i also just like to get the old crappy meers with gold bands and clean them up- gives me a nice break- I spent an hour on this one yesterday in between working on a new Morta and bamboo pipe... At the end of the day, I’ll have 24 new pipes in Chicago and maybe a dozen refurbed meers on the table...

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. cigrmaster

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    Nice work Zack.

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    Nice job, Zack. Especially on that button.

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    Especially on that button.

    I was torn on that- there was enough material to cut a nice crisp button, but it didn’t seem that was the way it originally was..The challenge whether on bowl or stem is to remove enough material to get rid of the ugly without screwing up the patina.

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    Holy cow! Just an hour! Impressive all around.

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  12. anthonyrosenthal74

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    Lovely pipe. I especially love that stem.

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  13. zack24

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    How are you taking the cake out of them

    I scrape the bulk of it with a knife blade. When it’s thinner. I use a rounded dowel with 320 grit paper to work it down to a very thin coat.

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    Any idea on the age?

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    Great looking pipe, Zack! Good job on that stem.

    I was torn on that- there was enough material to cut a nice crisp button, but it didn’t seem that was the way it originally was..The challenge whether on bowl or stem is to remove enough material to get rid of the ugly without screwing up the patina.

    It can be a hell of a fine line to walk sometimes. When the originality is in question, I generally to go with whatever is going to make for the most pleasant smoking experience.

    RESPECT THE PIPE!
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    Zack, why the saving/refurb instead of making? Not criticizing just wondering.

    Because he's discovered that working within constraints is more technically challenging than making new pipes, of course, and therefore more satisfying when you pull it off.

    The next step? Undetectable stem replacement.

    Zack doesn't need the money, you see... he wants something that pushes back.

    (No e-hate, please... This is what's known in the Internet world as a shitpost. Digital towel-snapping. I'm only being semi-serious.)

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  17. zack24

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    . he wants something that pushes back.

    George, You know I have something that pushes back- you've met Greta,,,,:) On the other, you're correct- I originally bought the pipes to learn from the shapes...and couldn't stand having ugly pipes sitting in my case...

    I generally to go with whatever is going to make for the most pleasant smoking experience.

    Yep...I agree..but I still have to resist cutting a proper slot and funnel on these old stems....

    ...and on the age- I'm guessing maybe 1913-1915 based on the timeline for the company and the appearance of the Redmanol stem material in 1913..(I'm 90% sure that it's Redmanol, not amber- someone let me know if I'm wrong).

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  18. metalheadycigarguy

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    Nice job on the clean up. Looks great!
    I've wanted to buy some old antique meerschaum pipes, but I'm always afraid they won't clean up well. Then I'll be suck with an old nasty pipe.

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    I'm always afraid they won't clean up well. Then I'll be suck with an old nasty pipe.

    Keep in mind- "It's not old and nasty- it's an rare and wonderful antique"...I tell you the biggest problem is the threaded stems- only one out of 4 I bought clocks into the correct alignment and I either had to recut a thread in Delrin or readjust where it locked. Without tools, you would need to send it out to be fixed....

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    Zack, thanks for the replies.

    Georged, I am pretty dam sure your skill has to exceed an average, one unique pipe at a time, maker/artisan. Your tone is easy for me to spot in your posts, so one usually has to try to get offended by what you say.

    I have only a macro understanding of pipe making, fixing and refurb. But I can tweak my own used pipe buys to smoke how I would like, and that is about it, see any of my posts on fixing cracked shanks with superglue.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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