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Instructional Video Announcement --- Tips, Tricks, Tools, & Techniques Revealed

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  1. georged

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    The past few years I've been asked with increasing frequency by high-grade collectors if I have an apprentice, or plan to have one, before I'm too old to work on pipes anymore.

    The 21st century being what it is, though, such a situation has never come together.

    What the 21st century HAS enabled is arguably better in that someone in my position can potentially reach several people eager to learn about the subject instead of just one or two by using video.

    So, the proper gear was gathered, time was made (since the projects are real, not staged, my daily throughput wasn't affected all that much), and the videos recorded.

    Like the guilds of old, the people who make and work on pipes tend to hold on tightly to hard-won "secrets", so none of the videos on the Net (that I've ever seen, anyway) show much in the way of detail, special tools, tips, tricks, and so forth. Soon that will no longer be true. In this case NOTHING was skipped over or hidden from the camera. Every step is shown. In fact, the more unlikely/surprising or "tricky" the technique, the more thoroughly it is explained.

    The pictures below are of the pipe that was the subject of this first project. It arrived with a "blown" (trumpet-shaped) shank and mortise, a hammered rim, no stem at all, and was so dirty the sandblast was filled about halfway to smooth with grime.

    The chamber was is good shape, though, no wood was missing anywhere, and it was patent example of a somewhat scarce and desirable shape, so it was definitely recoverable and worth working on.

    I'm announcing this project in advance (the segments are all "in the can" and being edited as we speak) to get the word out as much as possible before Chicago. The finished set of videos should be up and running in a few days.

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    Wow George! This will be one to watch!

    Thank you for sharing your expertise with the community!

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    This outta be good!!

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    Looking forward to the videos George. The 6475 came out a dream!

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    I'll look forward to it georged. I always eager to learn something new

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    What a gift that will be!

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    Thanks, looking forward to it for sure.

    I treat people the way they treat me. It's that simple.
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    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Looking forwards to watching!

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    This will be a great boost to my restorations. Thanks George, can't wait!

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    This is upsetting.... I was sooo wanting to be your apprentice.

    Nah, This is great, but I still want to be your apprentice

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    "A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth."
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    Looking forward to watching them George. Are you also going to explain how to draw lines on the pictures of pipes?

    Javan
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    I can't wait to see it!

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    Hopefully we will get at least two or three people interested in pipe repair. Let us know when it available.

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    Where will you be posting the videos?

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    Thank you for doing this, George. I have a feeling that this will inspire many people and save many an old pipe for years to come.

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    Great Scott!, by George!, what a great gift.

    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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    George, you rock. Look forward to viewing the films.

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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    Where will you be posting the videos?

    YouTube is the plan.

    They have an indexing method that allows a "bookshelf style" collection of related volumes. You can click the first one and cruise through them all with a single start (if desired), manually click each one in sequence, or pick and choose however you like.

    I figured it's the best way to accommodate people with different skill and experience levels going in, as well as make a given process step easy to find afterward if a second look is desired.

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    To me, that pipe is now better than when new. I'm sure it's at least as good, with a little 'wear character' inside the rim.
    I'll look for the new series.
    This will be eye opening, I'm sure.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    George,

    This is not only a brilliant idea, but generous beyond measure! I look forward to watching, and learning, from your videos! I thank you, and my pipes will thank you!

    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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    What a great gift and laudable endeavor, i.e. to share your knowledge and experiences with others, and a new generation of "pipe-doctors". Tricks-of-the-trade, and those specialized "secret" skills, gained over many years, if not passed on, are lost, and sometimes, sadly, never found again.

    I am looking forward to your tutorials.

    Thanks,
    Frank
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    Looking forward to this! I've never had the urge to make a pipe, but love to spend time restoring them.

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
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    LOL!!! Nice job, Mike!

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    I'll definitely make time to watch this! Thanks so much, George.

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    Can’t wait to see it

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    Well, the content has been edited and is ready to go. 23 contiguous videos totaling several hours. [whew!]

    Getting an account/channel set up with YouTube is like long-form income taxes, though. (The problem? The people who designed the interface---wrote the procedure---are kids whose first-ever toy was a tablet computer, as was everybody's they work with and everyone they know, so they assume all manner of shit without even realizing it. The solution? Have things like sign-up procedures described by someone who grew up in the real world and learned digital shit after the fact. Techies and code writers are the LAST people you want writing application usage instructions.)

    But I might as well complain about the sky being blue...

    So... will the videos get uploaded at all, never mind before Chicago? Good question. I have only so much patience with that particular flavor of corporate numbness.

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    23 videos!! Fantastic!! I can imagine some of the topics:

    1. Never superglue your stem to the shank.

    2. Balsa wood is your friend.

    3. The buffer back flip revealed.

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    4. Dunhill test with a hot needle.

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    Thank you doesn’t begin to cover it George, I wish there was a better way to express our appreciation to you for sharing your knowledge.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    OK. I managed to survive last night's first encounter with the unexpected importance of YouTube decision-making---what irked me being that the IMPLICATIONS of menu choices aren't explained anywhere---went to bed, and am now back at it in a better frame of mind.

    With any luck today will be the day. No idea how fast stuff processes on their end, but the data transfer rate couldn't be much higher on mine (KC has Goggle Fibber... it's a billion terraflops per microsecond, or something).

    More when I know it myself.

    Jesse & Jvn, I like the way you think.

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    5. Don't top with a hacksaw!

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    Many, many thanks, George for being so generous! My GBD project would make a good one if I must say so! I cannot wait to see these videos. Hope to see you in Chicago!

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    Since this thread should have a conclusion for someone who might encounter it months from now when it's just floating in the archives:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFwwtvtKlXW9u2tpfN9YHX8_twWicJIfB&disable_polymer=true

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    I'll enjoy working my way through these. Thanks, George I'm sure these will be fascinating.

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    George
    I have already made a couple of replacement stems inspired by your posts over the last year or so. Your new set of videos is going to be a great help.
    Owen

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    Great videos so far! I'm not through all of them yet. Was hoping that you would have shown some of the file-work on that area of the stem with the radius, unless I missed it.

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    :worship: :worship:

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    Was hoping that you would have shown some of the file-work on that area of the stem with the radius, unless I missed it.

    I just checked. Looks like what survived the edit process was the set-up TO that point, naming the file types to use (round + pippin), and a few demo-strokes to show how to use them, but the actual filing itself isn't shown.

    The toughest part of this video thing, I discovered, was trying to balance basic and advanced info so that there was something for all experience levels. (Meaning an old shop hand would instantly know what a pippin file's purpose was from just seeing its shape, and wouldn't want/need to watch it being used; while someone new to a shop would appreciate a full video devoted to file types and usage techniques.)

    Some compromises in pursuit of that end came out better than others. Sorry.

    The first link is queued to start where the "taping around the slope" happens, and the second one shows how to sand the slope after the step is gone:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of6-6Nmj06k&t=8m29s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovy1hPDCmyY

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    Thoroughly enjoying it nonetheless, no apologies required! I was hoping that there was something on the floor though. =)

    I left off at #9, I'll probably re-start with 8 or 9.

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