Everyone here would be interested to see for themselves the damage years of oil and tar can do to a pipe.
It looks like mildew damage to me.Clearly, this thread hasn't just gone fishing, it's gone trolling. Which is sad.
Here's a simple challenge @Briar Lee , Take the stain off the part of the pipe that seems most damaged and take it down to bare briar. My guess is you will see virgin briar rather quickly. You can easily re stain that part of the pipe. Send a picture of the stain removal. Please don't send a story about cow barns, cow floors, or boots and suits.
Everyone here would be interested to see for themselves the damage years of oil and tar can do to a pipe. So far, the actual physical evidence provided by @Chasing Embers points to dirt, grime, and environmental contaminants darkening the finish. But please peel back a bit more stain and we will see.
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This picture seems to indicate the damage is from the surface, not the other way around.
I’m glad that you found some pipes that make you happy ?All this reminiscing about bygone days makes me want to go out to me father’s milk barn, see the paths worn in the floor where he walked, and touch the numbers of cows on the door he marked in pencil for a substitute milker would know to put kickers on.
Any of those cows could have kicked his brains out at any time. He designed his barn to have elevated stanchions, so he never had to stoop.
Daddy never needed to use kickers, but Proctor boy that milked when Mama made us go on vacation a week might.
We never know just when, we’ll clean up our milkers and head for the house, where supper waits, that last time.
But a hind cow and an oil soaked pipe both wear down slowly, and my oil soaked Lee deserves a second chance, to serve.
I scrubbed the beejezzus out of it for about thirty minutes using tooth paste, and I hope I’ve not ruined it.
It looks awful.
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I better let it dry a bit and see what grapeseed oil cab replenish.
The good attorney is a master of the art of obfuscation. ?Okay.... but that reply avoids the question, "What evidence - written documentation (online, etc) - do you have that Lee pipes were oil cured? I haven't found any data to suggest they were."
I have found written evidence in advertisements that Gold Coast pipes were "seasoned and cured". Nada for Lee.
Which is a shame. I was interested in reading about an obscure pipe line as I have a genuine interest in old American factory pipes.The good attorney is a master of the art of obfuscation. ?
Well, the debate could be solved by sawing the bowl in half, which might be its best and highest purpose.I suspect my initial thought was correct—that just looks like burnished exterior soiling to my eyes.
Most likely… I have cut open old pipes that were most likely smoked dozens of times daily for decades, and there was a petrified layer of dark tarry wood paper thin, which was most likely just petrified tar.Part of me is wondering if the blackened area on the Lee is external from handling all those years.
Well, the debate could be solved by sawing the bowl in half, which might be its best and highest purpose.
Seriously, oil saturation through use is not happening. Tobacco tars and oils don't penetrate to any great depth, as has been demonstrated a number of times by sawing bowls in half, bowls with decades of use behind them.
I do admire Briarlee as a spinner of stories. Assuming that he's not an AI experiment, he's provided a colorful pickle barrel full of misinformation and speculation.
So, that isn’t dark matter that is staining the pipe. ?Most likely… I have cut open old pipes that were most likely smoked dozens of times daily for decades, and there was a petrified layer of dark tarry wood paper thin, which was most likely just petrified tar.
Oils, dirt, sweat and smoke that land on the surface of pipes makes more sense… My natural finish Bones pipes are turning brown, but it’s not tobacco oils soaking through. Tobacco oils and byproducts don’t penetrate briar like neutrinos penetrating the earth and being collected in 3000’ deep mines…