Restoration of Grandpa’s Middleton II Bent Smooth Briar

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lukasstrifeson

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mso489

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I think you have the right attitude. First, do no harm. It's a sturdy pipe with lots of life left. I don't have any legacy pipes, but a nice ten-pipe round rack with amber tobacco bowl, now in its third generation.
 
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mikethompson

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I've seen a few of your cleanups and I hardly think you will destroy the pipe.

You know what to do, light touch and take your time. I think that pipe looks fairly clean to begin with. I say go for it!
 

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I've seen a few of your cleanups and I hardly think you will destroy the pipe.

You know what to do, light touch and take your time. I think that pipe looks fairly clean to begin with. I say go for it!
I agree with Mike. This doesn’t look more difficult than some of the restorations you have done. Proceed with caution and I am sure you will achieve nice results. Looks like this one is in your wheel-house. Looking forward to seeing the after pictures.
 
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madox07

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It's quite doable with tools you have at handy in your home. Just try to be careful .. pour the alcohol over the salt with a pipette, use spit or lemon juice on the rim, try oxy clean on the stem, and perhaps buffing it a bit with carnauba wax, and there you go, you will have a lovely pipe !
 

SpookedPiper

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Grandpa's pipe has a very nice shape! I have faith you won't effe it up, and if you do well that's what grandkids are for, you should have tried fixing it for him earlier!
I am sure you can at least start the process and if it gets dicey send it out!

Good luck.
 

AlabamaDan

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I’m happy with how it turned out. I’ve had a lot of other stuff going on so I haven’t had a lot of time. I didn’t “restore” this one as much as preserve. I kept the teeth chatter in the stem because it was grandpa’s. I also kept the marks on the rim because they were from his use. I cleaned it but didn’t eliminate the ghost. It smells nice and reminds me of him. I also sent his zippo off for repairs at the factory and put the new pipe insert in it.

Thanks for the encouragement to do this.
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Pierre1965

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A beautiful sympathetic restoration! I like to restore old tools. I enjoy restoring something to a servicable state while maintaining some of its "history". I hope you'll occasionally enjoy a bowl of your grandpa's favorite tobacco in it.
 

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