How to Destroy a Pipe in 17 Pictures or Less

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zack24

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I've been saving a piece of nice block Meerschaum for 3 years. Paid $50 for it in Chicago from Steve Norse...and this stuff is really hard to get. You can't import the raw material from Turkey, I suspect this is African Meerschaum. So, I finally launch into it....I'm very limited by the width of the block, but decide on a tall thin Dublin with some very nice Cumberland from SEM and a bit of Mammoth ivory...An interesting material- the carvers moisten the block before they carve it. Turning it dry didn't seem to be an issue- no grain, but lots of dust that forced me to run the vacuum while turning. So here are a few pics in process...and the disaster at the end....dipping it in the hot, virgin beeswax. With all the good advice I got on the process, someone neglected the mention the need to slowly preheat the Meerschaum- I suspect the thermal shock was what cracked the bowl...but now I have a great shop pipe...(sorry Harris- I made the bit extra comfy just for you...:) Hot Virgin Beeswax...





























 

zack24

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Chalk this one up to a learning experience...I think I'll break it in with a little Stonehaven, good Rye Whiskey, and Cowboy Steak on Wednesday night...

 

sumusfumus

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I feel your pain....being no stranger to ruining work in the final stages, after spending hours of designing, set-up time, and then, delicate machining. A perfect example of beautiful workmanship....and the demerits of working with natural, unpredictable materials, like briar and Meerschaum. It's really too bad. The pipe turned out to be a beauty, except for the lousy crack.
Frank

NYC

 

mikethompson

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That's pretty heartbreaking to see. The fact that you were saving the block too, the time spent on its shaping, and then, CRACK!
I will have some Jamesons for you tonight sir

 

cigrmaster

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Zack, how dare you ruin my pipe. I was so looking forward to having a meer with a custom made vulcanite stem. You teased me with all those pics over the last couple of weeks and then when it is almost ready, you choked and broke my freaking pipe.
Seriously though I am sorry that you put in all that hard work to have this happen. As you said on the phone, it is a learning experience and I am sure that won't ever happen again.

 

jpmcwjr

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A cryin' shame, but you are taking it well! Great photos, too.
Did you do something to make it crack, or just reveal a fault that was there?

 

zack24

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Did you do something to make it crack, or just reveal a fault that was there?
It definitely was the result of taking a room temp stummel and sticking it in melted wax... I probably should have slowly warmed it over a couple of hours and then put it in the wax...
Harris, your gums would have been flappin' with happiness...that stem was comfy, flat, 4mm thick, and a draft you could stick your pinky finger through....I might just take that stem, stick it on a nice Dublin Morta and tease you some more...

 

saltedplug

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Amazing work, as always, but too bad that this pipe didn't work out.
Can you seal the crack?.

 

zack24

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Can you seal the crack?.
Don"t really need to...it's just on the surface and will be a great pipe...but in good conscience, I couldn't take 20 bags of Stonehaven from Harris for a pipe with a crack in it,,,:)

 

newbroom

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Tell him the fissure is part of the mystique and character of your efforts and get 40 from that stogie smoker.

Nice job on that shaping!

Wonderful stem, too!

 

admiral

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Sand blast it :)

Harris wont notice, and will be the proud owner of the 1st ever sandblasted Meer pipe in the history :)

Maybe he'll even throw some Penzance bags on top of the 20bags Stonehaven :)

 

jvnshr

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it's just on the surface and will be a great pipe
Totally agree with that Zack.
You can't import the raw material from Turkey
Yup, the government prohibits importing raw meerschaum from Turkey, however if I am not mistaken there was a website selling drilled block of meerschaum, you could buy and carve it.

 
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