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  1. J

    Ankle Holster Recommendations

    Look at what Underwood and Pilgram have to offer...
  2. J

    Ankle Holster Recommendations

    Galco is the way to go in an ankle holster.
  3. J

    What do You Do for a Buck?

    I sold mattresses... Made enough to buy booze and aspirin
  4. J

    What do You Do for a Buck?

    What did you do in the furniture business? I owned a retail store for 25 years, did some time as a roadrunner, worked liquidation sales...
  5. J

    What do You Do for a Buck?

    Every man's dream job - I actually got paid to try and talk as many women into bed as I could - On a daily basis!
  6. J

    Hello from South Texas!

    South Texas? I'm from Mission - now that's South Texas (or North Mexico...)
  7. J

    Dunhill Pipe Bowl Polish and Pipe Ghosting / Bad Smell

    Yes I have - successfully. Both with briar and meerschaum. With meer I increase the temperature to 250 degrees. I place the strummel directly on the oven rack. With the oven door ajar, I then turn the oven on (to bring the strummel up to temperature slowly). I then let the strummel "bake"...
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    Dunhill Pipe Bowl Polish and Pipe Ghosting / Bad Smell

    Anything you smell is caused by volatiles... Volatiles are an outgassing of the solvent... Solvents react to heat. Put the strummel (sans stem) in an oven at 195 degrees for 24 - 48 hours... That will drive out the solvents...
  9. J

    Cracks in Rare Amazonian Wood Pipes

    propylene glycol You might get away with soaking the strummels in water glass (sodium silicate)
  10. J

    Cracks in Rare Amazonian Wood Pipes

    A lot of museum curators soak wooden in PG to stabilize them and prevent drying out. Since some tobaccos have PG added, I would imagine it would be OK here as well. They were obviously carved from green wood. You would need a Boveda pack with the same RH as a rain forest...
  11. J

    US Customs Regulations Regarding Wood

    You got me there...
  12. J

    Pipe resto

    Well done!
  13. J

    US Customs Regulations Regarding Wood

    It's a mad mad mad mad world?
  14. J

    Exorcising Lakeland Ghost?

    Bake the strummel at 250 degrees for 24 hours...
  15. J

    Medico Meerschaum Any Info?

    The most reliable test I know to differentiate between block and meer is to mark it with a piece of silver "I wear a sterling ring that I use for that purpose). Block will show no mark while pressed will have a mark left by the silver.
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    Medico Meerschaum Any Info?

    African meer also looks slightly dingy. Due to not being as pure as Turkish meerschaum. Hence most have a fumed or calcified finish.
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    Medico Meerschaum Any Info?

    That is simply not true. African meer shows up all the time marked block meerschaum. It is denser and slightly less porous than Turkish meer, but is also slightly more robust. Tanganyika meer, Amboseli basin meer - are all block. "Kiko - Pipedia - https://pipedia.org/wiki/Kiko": "Laxey...
  18. J

    Old Meerschaum Lined Sommer Pipe with Missing Meer at Bottom

    Plaster of Paris or chalk dust and egg white. At the very least pipe mud.
  19. J

    Question for the Meer Experts: Buying My First Figural

    All of my meers have push-pull mortise / tenon adaptors. I always drill the shank of the strummel out to 3/32 and the tenon out to 1/8 - works perfectly for me.