Tsuge Pipe Shank Repair

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orlandofurioso

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Gentle folks,

This is a lovely 1979 C graded Stuge Ikebana .
The acryl shank extension looks to be nibbled by mice :)
If so the little critters chipped off quite some .
I contemplate filling the damage with CA glue, or epoxy resin.
UV light might eventually cause some yellowing.
Please share your expertise with me.Tsuge Ikebana 1979 C pipe 01.jpgTsuge Ikebana 1979 C pipe 02.jpgTsuge Ikebana 1979 C pipe 03.jpg
 

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orlandofurioso

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Thank you ofafeather, it is.
Apart from the gourgeous shape there is plenty straight grain and an abundance of tight birdseye on the
rim.
No, there are three "nibbles" 1-2 mm deep.
The acrylic shows tranparence with wonderful underlying angel hair lines, so my intuition tells me a transparent fill could be appropriate, also in terms of color etc.
 

orlandofurioso

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Thank you all , so many good options to consider !
Smoothing the damage out a little with a drop of thin viscosity CA glue could also make a huge difference and could protect for further hurt .
I beg to differ ; it is def. not horn ! I cleaned up many horn stem ( rams horn and bovine- walkingstick handles too ) and this is sophisticated acrylic or similar.
Horn is actually similar to hair ; it is keratin.
When chipped ( actually it cannot chip ) it does not feel brittle; this does, brittle and kind of sharp.
The pattern is not like in horn either .
 
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orlandofurioso

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Almost forgot ; the shank extension can be removed !
I suspect it was not meant to be, but the glue somehow let go. The residue feels like a gell type of glue.
When removed the shiny, metal tube that keeps the marriage intact is exposed.
It gives a nice insight in how this pipe was constructed, will post a picture later.
The face of the extension also shows is not horn .
If I'm mistaken I'll eat my hat; in public !
 
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