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  • Started 7 years ago by mushjoon
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  1. mushjoon

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    After looking through eBay and Amazon, I finally purchased a gourd calabash!

    Here is the link

    Well, I think I got it for a pretty nice price... but I have never purchased an estate! Moreover, I have no experience with a gourd calabash whatsoever!

    So if you have experience with restoring a pipe or calabash, could you tell me how I clean the meerschaum cup, inside of calabash and the stem please?

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  2. jaysin

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    I dont know alot about them but I see replacement meer bowls on ebay alot and they are not that expencive.

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
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    The bowl is cleaned same as any meer, you make sure a cake doesn't build. I wipe mine out with a paper towel after each smoke.

    The gourd is easy, just dump out any ash that may be in there now and again.

    Stem, just run a pipe cleaner through it once in a while. Due to the nature of the pipe the stem doesn't gunk up much.

    Mason

    And though it is much to be a nobleman, it is more to be a gentleman. - Anthony Trollope
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  4. bigvan

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    Clean the stem normally.

    The Meerschaum cup should be removable. Wipe it down with alcohol and let dry.

    Wipe out the gourd with a paper towel and a little bit of alcohol. Let it dry.

    Easy Peasey.

    You do know who Gary Schrier is, don't you?

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    You do know who Gary Schrier is, don't you?

    Nice catch!

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    -C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)
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  6. mushjoon

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    Isn't he a prominent figure among pipe smokers? I believe he published a book or something...

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  7. philip

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    History of the Calabash

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  9. cortezattic

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    The price can't be beat.
    You buy a pipe like this from an expert because he knows good pipes.
    But did he dump it for exactly the same reason?

    ps. Just kidding! The gourd 'bash is a wonderful smoker, and you can push it to the limit while your rotation rests.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  10. markw4mms

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    Nice score,congrats!

    "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
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  11. tokerpipes

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    Nice Calabash, at a good price to.

    If the owner before kept it fairly clean then the guys on here have given the best advice. When I got mine it had several layers of crud in the goard. If this it the case with yours get some of the bristle pipe cleaners and a flexible bottle brush.

    DO NOT DO THE SALT METHOD OR LEAVE THE ALCOHOL IN THE GOARD. The walls of the goard will absorb the alcohol and turn to mush.
    Use the bottle brush and bristle cleaners dipped in alcohol and scrub the gunk off. Once you have gotten what you can you can swish alcohol inside the goard and pour it out the stem. Paper towel as much of the alcohol as you can. Then let it air dry standing up without the bowl in it. About 24 hours.

    ALSO DO NOT LET THE CORK THAT HOLDS THE MEER BOWL GET WET. Use cork grease, it can be found at any musical instrument store. It helps keep the cork supple and helps to keep it from holding moisture.

    The walls of the goard will color with use. Wax it with carnuba wax. And always let the goard sit up in a stand when not in use or drying.

    Good luck with your pipe and be aware the bowl is big and they smoke rather fast.

    If you can't pack it, light it, and smoke it then why do it. It's a dieing art that must be rekindled in all of us as fortold by our forefathers.

    Words to live by for all pipe smokers.
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  12. pstlpkr

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    Excellent and comprehensive advice Tokerpipes.
    I will personally take the cork grease suggestion to heart.
    That has never occurred to me.


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