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The Meer Goes Pop

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    Received my first meerschaum pipe at Christmas, a Servi Meerschaum lattice. Smoked absolutely wonderful, dry, and cool. Was enjoying a bowl of Stonehaven in it on New Years Eve when I felt and heard a small pop. Much to my dismay, there was a noticeable web of cracks down both the shank and around the bowl. I plan to bring this to the B&M and see what they'll recommend (I've been a customer for 22 years).

    I have two questions:
    1. Is there any way to repair this?
    2. Is this not uncommon with meerschaum pipes, or did I get a fluke?

    Posted 7 months ago #
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    My brother bought a Meer off of eBay, very nice looking bearded man. The pipe smoked fine for the first 3 bowls then cracked/broke at the shank during another smoke. My guess is it was pressed meerschaum and not a solid block, and he probably smoked too fast and made that bowl hotter than Hades. Regardless, I don't think it should ever happen, but I don't have a ton of experience either.

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    Pics please...

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    Just took it out of the case, and while the cracks aren't as wide they are still evident.

    I'm not the best photographer, but here goes:
    1. back of bowl, begins in center at rim and extends downward

    2. Top of shank

    3. Bottom of pipe, then crack goes up front of pipe and spider webs across (no photo of that)

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    Hard to see, but it looks like the crack travels from the rim all the way down to the shank. And to the left of that looks like a wider crack. Was it extremely cold where you were smoking? Were you smoking it too fast and hot? I don't see how that can be repaired, but perhaps one of the meerschaum experts might have a solution.

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    To your knowledge has it ever been dropped either in the case or out?

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    Ok, so now you have a crack pipe.

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    Or a meth of a pipe

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    Haha, crack pipe!!

    I never dropped it, but it came from B&M and had been in the display case a while (several months).

    I was sitting on the couch on New Years Eve, not cold (near the wood stove). Nor was it smoking hot, rather cool to the touch.

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    I was sitting on the couch on New Years Eve, not cold (near the wood stove). Nor was it smoking hot, rather cool to the touch.
    That confirms my suspicion. Pipezeus, the god of pipes and sad puppies (he likes sad puppies), smote your pipe with a lightning bolt from his arse. That's the only possible explanation.

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    That really sucks! It does make you wonder if it was ever dropped and just needed a coax to crack open. I wonder what else could effect length and placement of the crack like that?

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    That should definitely not happen, and either you were smoking it to hot, or its possible it got damaged in shipping and/or was dropped. Were you by chance smoking the pipe outside in really cold temps?

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    I saw a YouTube video of a guy carving a raw block of meerschaum, and in the commentary it was mentioned that the carver needed to find and work around internal flaws -- which makes carving a large block challenging.

    I bought a Tekin meer from SP.com that, on the 2nd or 3rd bowl, started to develop a hairline crack on the rim. SP.com accepted the return and gave me a store credit for the purchase price.

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    Upon reflection, I rued the decision to return the pipe, because it might have "hung together" long enough to color like this Baki pipe:

    You just never know what Mother Nature will do...

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    Sorry to hear about your pipe.My only thought was you were smoking when it was cold or smoked too fast and too hot.You have stated that you did neither,so It is a mystery now. BTW Nice photo cortez!

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    It's my understanding that the pipe in the picture is from Baki's personal collection.

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    I missed the comment where you stated you were inside and not smoking hot. It could have just been a flaw in the meerschaum that developed after the pipe reached a certain temp. If your B&M shop won't accept a return then try contacting the Meerschaum Market. Servi is a owner/operator of the Meerschaum Market website and he's a very nice guy. Though the pipe may not have been purchased from him, since it is a pipe he carved; he may offer to assist you in exchanging the pipe. Worst case scenario is he declines to offer assistance. Good luck!

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    The one meer I've carved from a solid block was flawless- until I took it and dipped it into hot beeswax to finish it without preheating it first. The thermal shock caused a minor crack in the bowl...and now it's my favorite shop pipe. Hopefully one of the guys who deals with meers all the time will weigh in on this post- it doesn't seem normal that a finished pipe should crack that severely just from smoking it....

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    Pipezeus, the god of pipes and sad puppies (he likes sad puppies), smote your pipe with a lightning bolt f

    Well, the boy's been at the cleaning fluid again. Then again, that explanation is as good as any other, so who am I to say? [hic] Pass the jug again, anthony, & stop hogging it all the time.

    Seriously, that really is a shame, & A Xmas pipe to boot. Wish I could offer more than sympathy, but I think the good advice above will hopefully work. Reminds me I've been incredibly lucky with my meers, knock wood.

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    Thanks for the thoughts and comments. I'm heading to B&M this afternoon, and will follow up.

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    If it's a Servi, it's carved from block meerschaum. As suggested above, contact Servi and Meerschaum Market and ask for his advice. Include where you bought it in the email.

    I have two of his meerschaums and they are both very good smokers.

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    a bowl of Stonehaven in it

    There's the answer.

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    Local shop is returning the pipe to distributor, who is replacing it with Servi of similar design. Should have it in 10 days or so.

    Posted 7 months ago #
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    ^^^^ ...

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    That is good customer service.

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    Good outcome

    And what seemed to me to be the only outcome fair to the buyer. The buyer is a long time pipesmoker. He smoked a pipe and it cracked after little use. The fault is in the pipe.
    ( I have been in situations- not related to pipesmoking - where neither the retailer nor the manufacturer offered a me a solution to a fault with a product that they caused. The dollar amount involved didn’t justify my hiring an attorney to pursue two out of state companies- so I ended up totally on the short end.)

    Please let us know how things work out with the replacement pipe.

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    Posted 7 months ago #
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    So few pipes implode. That's the good part.

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