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Restoring a Dragon Claw Meerschaum...

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  • Started 6 months ago by zack24
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  1. zack24

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    After spending the past 10 weeks in recovery from my illness, lung surgery, and other assorted good times, I finally felt like getting back to the shop. My victim for this session was really a challenge- It was what I guess to be a late 1800's Meer with a fragment of the amber stem and bone tenon remaining....and it was small- 3.25" in length with what appears to be a group 6 bowl. The bone tenon was split lengthwise and was fairly unusual- it had the typical thread on one end, but was a tapered fit on the other end. It's one of those deals where an integral tenon was impossible due to the thinness of the tapered end, so I went with a Delrin tenon and tigereye acrylic for the stem. Here are a few pics of the process...









    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Sorry Zack, your pictures don't work.

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    Nice work. Impressive.

    Jason
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Zack, great resto....even better respirator. That's the same one I use at fire scenes.

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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    That's awesome work my friend! I always thought those dragon claw pipes were just for looks. Didn't really realize people actually smoked them..... intriguing...

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    even better respirator. That's the same one I use at fire scenes.

    Yep- I have good dust control, but the left lung is still functioning at 80%....Taking no chances until it's back to normal.... (the problem wasn't all the things you would expect- it was inhaling a tiny steakbone maybe 10 months ago creating an empyema...) This respirator works really well....

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    Glad to see you are feeling better, Zack.

    And now for something completely different ...

    Neal
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Fantastic!

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    Looks Great

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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    A question that always needs to be asked. Is that one for you to smoke or sell?

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  11. davet

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    Beautiful little pipe and nice results

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    Nice!!

    Yes, I've seen a bunch of claws for sale at the WCPS, and picked up one for me. Still haven't smoked it, as I am concentrating on some other new ones.

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    I love everything about that pipe! Good to see you're feeling well enough to do stuff. You're missing the black helmet and cape to go along with the mask.

    I always thought those dragon claw pipes were just for looks. Didn't really realize people actually smoked them.....
    I have two that I smoke the heck out of, and another I smoke on occasion. My rule: If it's drilled as a pipe it's meant to be smoked as a pipe.

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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Great to see you back at work and feeling better Zak. Lovely old meer. I've been using the same respirator for a few years now.
    Dan
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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Wow I’m kind of obsessed with this pipe. And the case. Really nice work, that’s the first meer I’ve ever found appealing.

    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion”.
    Posted 6 months ago #
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    They show up quite often, they just take for ever to color unless you get an old one that some broke in for you a hundred odd years ago!

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    [list=1]Generally speaking, how's the draw on old meerschaums? I have only one vintage meer--an old English curry. It's super tight and I don't dare try opening up an old amber stem.

    That's one REALLY cool claw! And great job with the restoration.

    Posted 6 months ago #

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