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GBD 9438 Stem Repair (Tapestry)

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  • Started 6 years ago by ssjones
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  1. ssjones

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    Using my Android Ebay app, I fell prey to this GBD 9438 in Tapestry finish. The seller described the damage to the stem button and included a large picture. In my haste to make an offer, I missed this glaring issue.

    I checked into having Dave Walker make a new vulcanite stem, but he said that vulcanite in that large a diameter is no longer available to him.

    So, I decided to cut the broken button off and shape a new one. This was my first attempt at this task and it was a little tricky. I'm in awe of the tools and skill level used by the artisan makers to craft their distinctive shapes.

    I wrote up a full essay with pictures on Steve's "Reborn Pipes" blog:
    http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/gbd-9438-tapestry-stem-repair/

    Here's what I started with and the finished product.

    Al

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    Looks pretty sharp Al and I see PAD has struck again!!!!

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    Nice rugged pocket pipe -- great restoration!

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    This one will be a gift, so it is only temporarily on my rack....

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    I do believe this is the first 9438 nosewarmer. Great work on the stem.

    Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
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    Yeah ! Not too shabby work there ! If you happen to have a set of calipers, the stem just behind the button should be around .15 thick, any less than .13 and you run the risk of biting through. Those GBD stems are usually pretty thick to start with, so you may have gotten it just about right with the repair work.
    If you do want a new stem, I have rod stock up to 2" thick so that GBD wouldnt be a problem.

    -Ryan Alden
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    Nice work!!

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    Wow, that looks great!

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    Yeah looks great

    I know what I need, smoke, I can't recall the last time I tasted it....Gandalf in the mines of Moria.

    "we shall have to share pipes, as good friends must at a pinch'....'I keep a treasure or two near my skin, as precious as rings to me. Here's one: my old wooden pipe. And here's another an unused one...He held up a small pipe with a wide flattened bowl, and handed it to Gimli. 'Does that settle the score between us', said Merry. 'Most noble hobbit, it leaves me deep in your debt."
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    Sharp restore!

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    Very cool repair Al, Good Job!

    Steve 'Top' Downey
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    That is purrrrty!

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    I only cut off about 1/8" from the stem, just removing the broken button. I'll have to take a shot showing all three of my 9438 Tapestry pipes.

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    Al you got the touch, great work. The old cajun

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    Yeah ! Not too shabby work there ! If you happen to have a set of calipers, the stem just behind the button should be around .15 thick, any less than .13 and you run the risk of biting through. Those GBD stems are usually pretty thick to start with, so you may have gotten it just about right with the repair work.
    If you do want a new stem, I have rod stock up to 2" thick so that GBD wouldnt be a problem.

    I didn't measure Lonestar, but getting that crease too thin was a huge concern. It's not a real thick button and probably wouldn't work for a clincher. But the person getting this one is a holder, so he'll be OK. I'll have to go back and measure, thanks for those specs.

    Is your stock vulcanite? If so, could you move the rondell over to the new stem? This pipe with a tapered stem would look smashing. (and I'm guessing a easier to execute than this chair-leg)

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    could you move the rondell over to the new stem?

    That is one thing I have never done. Not saying I couldnt, I think I know how its done, but I never have.
    My rods are ebonite/vulcanite. They are both names for the same thing (hard rubber) but typically they are used to distinguish two different products. Usually Ebonite is the name given to stems made of solid rodstock and vulcanite is the name given for factory molded stems. They are both made with the same ingredients (Natural Rubber, Sulphur and an oil to bind them)but they are made with a little different proportions. Stems made from rodstock are higher quality because there is a bit of a compromise in the recipe to let the rubber be injection molded for factory stems.

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    Super impressive Al - I hope to be able to do something like that some day. Love the blog too - I have bookmarked for future reference:

    http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/

    "Be seeing you"


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    Thanks Lonestar, I learn a thing or two with some frequency here! Chris Askwith says 22 mm vulcanite (or ebonite) or larger is available, but progressively more expensive by size.

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    Very nice work Al!

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    Wow I can't believe how good that turned out! Are you a wizard?

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    I have to say that your work gives me hope. Of course I would rather just replace the bit. Any suggestions as to suppliers of bits (or stems if some insist). Here is my tragic Savinelli Lollo - it is definitely beyond my skill level. file:///home/babalouie/Downloads/lollo%20bit.JPG

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    Apparently so is my ability to send a photo of this broken bit.

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    I suspect to have a new bit made, it would cost at least $50 and one other maker said he would charge around $70. That just isn't prudent on a pipe that cost $40. But, at least she lives to smoke another day. If it is like either of my older, GBD 9438 pipes, it should be a terrific smoker for the young man who is going to receive it.

    Smdavis: Check with our very own Lonestar, who commented on this thread.

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    Awesome job! I'd never thought about repairing a stem this way.

    "Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint." -Mark Twain-
    "A pipe helps a wise man to think and gives a fool something to put in his mouth" -Trischman's Paradox-
    "Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim;...but I discipline my body and make it my slave." -1Cor 9-
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    smdavis, Here is a thread on various ways to post photos. I hope this helps.

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  26. southernbriar

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    That looks really good. Great job

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