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    Maltreated Dunhill

    I found this Dunhill 1975 Root Briar Group 3 at a fleamarket for 15$. It is badly maltreated and I am not quite sure how to get it in shape again.

    I was thinking of sanding the rim down 1,5 mm and carefully rounding the outer rim. The bowl has some severe dings and a small black spot that might or might not be the beginning of a burn-through. When I look in the bowl, there is nothing that indicates a beginning burn-through though.
    I was thinking of sanding the bowl down and restaining it as it is faded on the left side.

    Another thing. It stinks to high heaven as though it has spent the last 40 years in a mouldy basement. I wiped the bowl down with alcohol and soaked the stem in Oxiclean, cleaned the airway with several pipecleaners soaked in BBB pipecleaner, but no.

    Will I ever get a smokeable piece of briar out of this..?



    (Sorry for the poor quality of the pics).

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    Last edited by Dunstan Hillwell; 09-06-2017 at 15:05.
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    The decision on topping I will leave to you. On the smell, make sure the mortise is very clean. If it's a moldy smell, put a cotton ball or two inside the chamber and soak it in white vinegar for a few days. It works, you will taste the vinegar in the first few smokes, but it fades. See,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...ht=moldy+smell

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    Gawd awful pipe tapper but with hammer force. Those types really bug me. So beat the pipe to death so it can be ready for the next series of abuse.
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    I can offer no advice but I'd love to follow any updates at your attempt to restoring it. What on earth has the previous owner been doing with it to get it into that state?

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    Thanks for your replies and suggestions.
    I'll definitely try the vinegar trick as we have both cotton and vinegar in the house.

    Bill, but it has already been beaten to death and I hope to resurrect it. Our cats have nine lives, so I hope this poor thing...

    Crawford, I do not know what he has done with it and I do not want to know, but I wouldn't treat a basket pipe or a corn cob that way.
    I will keep you all updated on my doings.

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    At long last I got around to trying to get the wretched thing in a smokeable state.
    I tried the vinegar trick to no avail but the stench vanished when I sanded it down
    and restained it and is now barely noticeable in the bowl but hopefully it will disappear
    when I smoke it.

    I carefully sanded down the rim a couple of millimeters and rounded the outer edges
    to get rid of the large wound at 11 o'clock.

    This is only my second restoration and I do think that it looks slightly better than when I bought it.

    Dunhill 87 - Root briar - finished 01.jpg

    Dunhill 87 - Root briar - finished 02.jpg

    Alfred Dunhill hates me.

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    Only 'slightly' better .....uh uh I never thought it would come out like that. Good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    Only 'slightly' better .....uh uh I never thought it wold come out like that. Good job.
    Thanks, Bill.
    I am not quite happy with the rim, though. I very carefully sanded it down by moving it in circles with an even pressure and the rim is slanted. I cannot for the life of me remember what it looked like when I started but it must have been even then.
    I didn't dare continuing sanding or I would have ended up with a cigarette holder.

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    Jesper, that pipe looks just fine from what I can see of it in the photos.
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    Very nicely done for your second restoration, Jesper! Looks like you held the shape pretty well. With apple shapes, any amount of topping is difficult because the curve is so extreme. It takes a lot of work to make it look natural and you've done a pretty good job here. Congrats!
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