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Restored Dr Grabow Freehand

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  1. gmwolford

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    I picked this up about a month ago and haven't had time to work on it. Between the rigors of life and arthritis, it has more or less just been waiting on me. Well, tonight I finished it up; I'd worked on it a bit earlier this week but only a bit. Anyway, for now, here's the before and after photos; there may be a story with it later as to how I got it here. Until then, know that tomorrow it will take its maiden voyage in its new life!

    Greg
    Posted 1 year ago #
  2. ejames

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    Nice job Greg! You can buy replacement freehand stems direct from the DG factory.

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    How did you fix the hole in the stem? The old cajun

    The Old Cajun
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    "How did you fix the hole in the stem?"

    No kidding. That's the million dollar question tonight.

    Looking forward to hearing your report on the smokeability of a rock solid scrub down.

    Fnord

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    Very nice job, Greg! Come on, you got the stem replacement from the factory, right?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  6. papipeguy

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    Nice turn-around. The world wants to know about the hole repair.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 1 year ago #
  7. cortezattic

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    I'm guessing that the stem was shortened and re-fashioned -- and expertly done too!
    Beautiful rescue job, Greg. I also love the basket weave on that pipe rest.

    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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    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. gmwolford

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    Good morning, gents. Ed, I didn't know you could buy freehand replacement stems but am glad to know it now. I'll have to look up their contact info in case I decide to do that.

    How did I fix the hole? Easy: I used a coping saw! After cutting off the stem below the hole, I then scored a line with a cut off wheel with my Dremel where I wanted the new button and broke out the needle files. I reshaped the air hole, button, the whole 9-yards. And the small crack that was left, that was too far down to cut off, I used Super Glue to "heal" that one; it's barely noticeable now.

    This afternoon I'll see if I can get some clear photos of the the button end.

    Posted 1 year ago #
  9. colorduke

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    Great job on saving another Grabow.

    I will give up my pipe when they pry my cold dead fingers off of it!
    Posted 1 year ago #
  10. gmwolford

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    Thank you, Cortez; I was writing my reply as you posted your answer. The shorter stem has a good, balanced feel to it. And if you're interested, that pipe stand is on Briar Bid.

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  11. gray4lines

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    I honestly thought that was a brand new stem, and Bradley was just pullin' your leg asking how you fixed it. Lol!! great job!

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  12. ejames

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    Here's the contact info for DG-- http://www.drgrabow.net/pipecleaner.aspx
    I might add that the factory will re-stem just about any Grabow,even many of the pipes made 30-40 years ago. Runs about $10.50 per pipe + a couple of bucks for shipping.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    I honestly thought that was a brand new stem

    Same here -- time and patience paid off! Great work, Greg

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    Holy Cow. That's awesome Greg.

    *clap clap*

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  15. gmwolford

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    Thank you folks for the kind words. They are appreciated.

    Ed, thanks for the info. I have made a file to start keeping this kind of stuff, as well as hints and whatnot, and am adding it to that. That's not a bad price at all to get one restemmed, IMO.

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Love it. I had an identical one I bought in my younger days. In my smoking ignorance I burned it out. These are much classier than what they put out now. Glad to see one being put back into service.

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    Thought I'd link to the fuller article and more photos:
    http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/dr-grabow-restoration-and-stem-repair/

    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Superb restoration - congratulations!
    I wonder how the former owner managed to make a hole like that; perhaps he lent the pipe to his pet walrus...

    "I'm always easy to please since I'm always satisfied with the very best." - Oscar Wilde
    Posted 1 year ago #
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    Great job Greg! I just read the blog post at Reborn Pipes as well. There are so many pipes sitting out there waiting for a fresh start, I hope more of us get into restorations.

    Matt.
    Posted 1 year ago #
  20. gmwolford

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    Tha is guys. It was a challenge but a rewarding one. I can't imagine how one would chew through a stem like that guy did!

    Posted 1 year ago #
  21. eibhir

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    That is a nice pipe! You did a great job fixing and cleaning her!

    A smile will always keep them guessing.
    Posted 1 year ago #

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