How to Repair a Hole in a Horn Stem?

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Jwebb90

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Picked up an old Barling today but it needs some serious work. I have yet to repair a stem with a hole through it, much less a horn stem. Does anyone have advice on how to proceed? IMG-0436.jpgIMG-0437.jpg
 
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Jwebb90

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Cleaned up the bowl but still have not found a solution for the stem. I am sure someone is just waiting for the right moment to drop some knowledge on me :) IMG_0456.jpg
 
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mortonbriar

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The fastest and cheapest way for a stem hole in my experience is a softy bit, then you cant see the hole anymore and stop worrying about it! Would be interested to hear if there are any 'real' answers though....
 
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Jwebb90

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I would probably have a proper vulcanite stem made.
Turns out the pipe is a pre-transition Barling, so if I can salvage the original stem that would be the goal. However, if all else fails this will be the route I go.
 

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Turns out the pipe is a pre-transition Barling, so if I can salvage the original stem that would be the goal. However, if all else fails this will be the route I go.
The only thing I think that might work then is building it back out with a colormatched epoxy of some kind.

if you cut it off and make a new button you might as well just get a new stem IMO as it won’t be original anyway.
 

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If you can get another piece of horn you can grind a bit into powder then mix that with some CA and make a putty. Fill with the putty, let it dry/cure fully, then sand it smooth.
 
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mso489

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That bowl really came back to life. I'd get a Vulcanite stem made, but keep the horn stem for authenticity, carefully labeled and stored.
 

Jwebb90

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If you can get another piece of horn you can grind a bit into powder then mix that with some CA and make a putty. Fill with the putty, let it dry/cure fully, then sand it smooth.
Come to think of it I have deer antler already at my house and that would probably work well. If not, Vermont Freehand carries ox horn slices.
 
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peteguy

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The DIY repair scene will tell you to us CA glue and mix something in with it. Sand and shape and you are gtg.
The purist scene will tell you to spend $100+ on a new stem from a top repair guy.
The average pipe shop will put a new black stem in it for you.
 
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