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How to Destroy a Pipe in 17 Pictures or Less

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  1. zack24

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    I've been saving a piece of nice block Meerschaum for 3 years. Paid $50 for it in Chicago from Steve Norse...and this stuff is really hard to get. You can't import the raw material from Turkey, I suspect this is African Meerschaum. So, I finally launch into it....I'm very limited by the width of the block, but decide on a tall thin Dublin with some very nice Cumberland from SEM and a bit of Mammoth ivory...An interesting material- the carvers moisten the block before they carve it. Turning it dry didn't seem to be an issue- no grain, but lots of dust that forced me to run the vacuum while turning. So here are a few pics in process...and the disaster at the end....dipping it in the hot, virgin beeswax. With all the good advice I got on the process, someone neglected the mention the need to slowly preheat the Meerschaum- I suspect the thermal shock was what cracked the bowl...but now I have a great shop pipe...(sorry Harris- I made the bit extra comfy just for you...:) Hot Virgin Beeswax...











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    So what went wrong?

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

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    A crack seems to have developed, in the last photo.

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    What a crying shame. It was shaping up to be quite a looker too.

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    Chalk this one up to a learning experience...I think I'll break it in with a little Stonehaven, good Rye Whiskey, and Cowboy Steak on Wednesday night...

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    I feel your pain....being no stranger to ruining work in the final stages, after spending hours of designing, set-up time, and then, delicate machining. A perfect example of beautiful workmanship....and the demerits of working with natural, unpredictable materials, like briar and Meerschaum. It's really too bad. The pipe turned out to be a beauty, except for the lousy crack.

    Frank
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    That's pretty heartbreaking to see. The fact that you were saving the block too, the time spent on its shaping, and then, CRACK!

    I will have some Jamesons for you tonight sir

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    Zack, how dare you ruin my pipe. I was so looking forward to having a meer with a custom made vulcanite stem. You teased me with all those pics over the last couple of weeks and then when it is almost ready, you choked and broke my freaking pipe.

    Seriously though I am sorry that you put in all that hard work to have this happen. As you said on the phone, it is a learning experience and I am sure that won't ever happen again.

    Harris
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    A cryin' shame, but you are taking it well! Great photos, too.

    Did you do something to make it crack, or just reveal a fault that was there?

    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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    Well that's a shame. It looked like it was going to be a great pipe. You did a great job with the stem.

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    Really fine work...how unfortunate......

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    Ratts!!! That stinks man. But, it was an amazing design.

    Michael
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    Did you do something to make it crack, or just reveal a fault that was there?

    It definitely was the result of taking a room temp stummel and sticking it in melted wax... I probably should have slowly warmed it over a couple of hours and then put it in the wax...

    Harris, your gums would have been flappin' with happiness...that stem was comfy, flat, 4mm thick, and a draft you could stick your pinky finger through....I might just take that stem, stick it on a nice Dublin Morta and tease you some more...

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    Amazing work, as always, but too bad that this pipe didn't work out.

    Can you seal the crack?.

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    Maybe it will still smoke O.K..

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    Can you seal the crack?.

    Don"t really need to...it's just on the surface and will be a great pipe...but in good conscience, I couldn't take 20 bags of Stonehaven from Harris for a pipe with a crack in it,,,:)

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    Tell him the fissure is part of the mystique and character of your efforts and get 40 from that stogie smoker.
    Nice job on that shaping!
    Wonderful stem, too!

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    Sand blast it
    Harris wont notice, and will be the proud owner of the 1st ever sandblasted Meer pipe in the history
    Maybe he'll even throw some Penzance bags on top of the 20bags Stonehaven

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    it's just on the surface and will be a great pipe

    Totally agree with that Zack.

    You can't import the raw material from Turkey

    Yup, the government prohibits importing raw meerschaum from Turkey, however if I am not mistaken there was a website selling drilled block of meerschaum, you could buy and carve it.

    Javan
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    I think I'll break it in with a little Stonehaven

    Adding insult to injury, that poor pipe.

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    Can you seal the crack?.
    Don"t really need to...it's just on the surface and will be a great pipe...but in good conscience, I couldn't take 20 bags of Stonehaven from Harris for a pipe with a crack in it,,,:)

    Well, then you didn't destroy it? If I ever order a bespoke smooth, it will be with under the condition that pits be left as is. Following that view, the cracks adds character that the pipe would otherwise lack. Following that, you thus have a thoroughbred at the top of its form rather than a colt?

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  22. cigrmaster

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    Zack, you know I am blind, I would probably never have seen that crack. Should have polished it up and bet I wouldn't see it.

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  23. paddypiper

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    Looks amazing and the crack adds character, even if it is now a shop pipe.

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