The Erlich Bulldog Odyssey, Part 2

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georged

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Rather than try to re-tell Part 1, I'll just link to the original thread: (aren't computers great? :lol: )
http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/should-this-be-a-fill-or-band-fix
The pipe was indeed sent.
After clearing the project I was in the middle of when it arrived, I set upon it last night and finished the final couple steps this morning. (I love the smell of vulcanite dust in the morning... It smells like victory!)
It will be headed back to its owner Monday. :D


 

mcitinner1

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Victory...I guess! That doesn't look like the same pipe! When I grow up, I want to learn to take pictures like George's.

 

dmcmtk

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George, the band on the pipe looks perfect.
I love the smell of vulcanite dust in the morning... It smells like victory!
"Ya know, some day this pipe will go back and be smoked..."

 

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ejames

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It's ready for another 20 years or more of smoking now! Well worth the investment I'd say!

 

gloucesterman

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It's pretty amazing what the right repair can do for a pipe. That band really make the pipe look classy. Well done but given the craftsman, I'd expect nothing less.

 

meatballj

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What a story all around! I've really enjoyed reading Fnord's attraction to this pipe and George your repair job not only suggests a craftsman's talent but shows us the wonderful people that frequent this forum. There is a humanity to everything about this pipe and that is what makes it a wonderful piece for me...that and I love bulldogs.

 

georged

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...the band on the pipe looks perfect.
Thanks. Them square 'uns is tricky little devils that will test you for sure. Getting them "perfect" is impossible... it's how close you get that counts. :lol:
(btw --- Those seamless transition, Danish-style metal shank treatments are bands in name only. The process is completely different---they're designed in, not added on.
Getting a thin band to LOOK Danish-flush is always satisfying, though. Square ones especially so. Squares bands are 20X tougher to get shrink-tight on all sides than round or oval.
In fact, by far the most difficult part of banding a pipe like this is "blacksmithing" a round band into a square one before doing anything else. Here's why: 1) the circle must end up EXACTLY the right size after squaring it; 2) what looks like a cube is actually a section of a pyramid (the sides aren't parallel because the shank tapers); and 3) because pipe shanks are finished by hand even when frazed, no two sides are the same length.
Here's what was done for this one:
The problem: (I still have no idea how such a chunk came to be missing)

The white tape was for initial alignment, the clear tape (so-called hockey tape) was built up to serve as a file guide:

A #4 demi-narrow pillar file (teeth on flats, dead edges) to cut the wood to a depth slightly less than the thickness of the band:

Heat band to expand & press on:

Remove excess:

After it's on it gets a bit of sanding to dead-level, of course. (Don't rely on it much, though, even a top quality sterling band is only about 16-18 thousandths thick).

 

aggravatedfarmer

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What a classy fellow you are sir for volunteering your talents and your time! I'm so happy for Fnord! The pipe looks wonderful! George, you did an excellent job!

 

davet

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A great story with a great ending. Once again the generosity of site members on display. Thanks so much for the repair pictures, a glimpse of the magic that's performed is inspiring for us fumbling newbies.


 

fnord

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I'll be damned.
That's my pipe.
It's just beautiful, George, and you'll never know how much this means to me. (But, then again, you probably do know.)
Thank you.
Fnord
P.S. And thank you, Kelley.

JPA

 
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