Restoring a Dragon Claw Meerschaum...

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zack24

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After spending the past 10 weeks in recovery from my illness, lung surgery, and other assorted good times, I finally felt like getting back to the shop. My victim for this session was really a challenge- It was what I guess to be a late 1800's Meer with a fragment of the amber stem and bone tenon remaining....and it was small- 3.25" in length with what appears to be a group 6 bowl. The bone tenon was split lengthwise and was fairly unusual- it had the typical thread on one end, but was a tapered fit on the other end. It's one of those deals where an integral tenon was impossible due to the thinness of the tapered end, so I went with a Delrin tenon and tigereye acrylic for the stem. Here are a few pics of the process...


















 

ashdigger

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Zack, great resto....even better respirator. That's the same one I use at fire scenes.

 

didimauw

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That's awesome work my friend! I always thought those dragon claw pipes were just for looks. Didn't really realize people actually smoked them..... intriguing...

 

zack24

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even better respirator. That's the same one I use at fire scenes.
Yep- I have good dust control, but the left lung is still functioning at 80%....Taking no chances until it's back to normal.... (the problem wasn't all the things you would expect- it was inhaling a tiny steakbone maybe 10 months ago creating an empyema...) This respirator works really well....

 

npod

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Glad to see you are feeling better, Zack.
And now for something completely different ...


 

didimauw

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A question that always needs to be asked. Is that one for you to smoke or sell?

 

jpmcwjr

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Nice!!
Yes, I've seen a bunch of claws for sale at the WCPS, and picked up one for me. Still haven't smoked it, as I am concentrating on some other new ones.

 

anthonyrosenthal74

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I love everything about that pipe! :clap: Good to see you're feeling well enough to do stuff. You're missing the black helmet and cape to go along with the mask.
I always thought those dragon claw pipes were just for looks. Didn't really realize people actually smoked them.....
I have two that I smoke the heck out of, and another I smoke on occasion. :mrgreen: My rule: If it's drilled as a pipe it's meant to be smoked as a pipe.

 

bluesmk

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Great to see you back at work and feeling better Zak. Lovely old meer. I've been using the same respirator for a few years now.

Dan

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mtwaller

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Wow I’m kind of obsessed with this pipe. And the case. Really nice work, that’s the first meer I’ve ever found appealing.

 

condorlover1

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They show up quite often, they just take for ever to color unless you get an old one that some broke in for you a hundred odd years ago!

 

craiginthecorn

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  1. Generally speaking, how's the draw on old meerschaums? I have only one vintage meer--an old English curry. It's super tight and I don't dare try opening up an old amber stem.
    That's one REALLY cool claw! And great job with the restoration.