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    Barling's Make Fossil 233 EL

    This one arrived today from Anthony (Piffyr). A nice post-war Fossil; I could tell the stem was not original when I bought it, but the blast looked really good. You can see in the before pictures there was a lot of gunk on the blast, Anthony thought someone had literally put shoe polish on the pipe! The stem and the blast now look GREAT , the pictures tell the story!

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    Sweet Mother Mary on a bicycle. Whatta pipe. And whatta refurb!

    I really had thought that Anthony's mad skills had previously been expressed to their fullest extent. Wrong. That is the finest work of his that I've seen to date-- and that is saying something. The patience alone he showed is exemplary, much less the technique and taste.

    Sorry for gushing. You must be over the moon, Dave. A standout even in your stable. Happy for you.
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    Holy cow...that looks like a new pipe! That turned out beautiful!
    Take care and check six!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    The stem and the blast now look GREAT , the pictures tell the story!
    Wonderful job indeed.

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    Congrats on a beautifully restored Fossil, Dave, and what a beautiful restoration on your part, Anthony!
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    There's only one way to describe this pipe. Exquisite!

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    I'm happy that you're pleased with it, Dave. Smoke and enjoy!

    Even though the stummel shows the greatest transformation, all of the work on this one is in the stem. It still has some issues, but that's about as good as this particular stem can get.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Anthony thought someone had literally put shoe polish on the pipe!
    That's my best guess. I've seen the waxy, paste-style shoe polish recommended on various forums as a way to polish textured pipes. Don't... for reasons that should now be obvious.
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    Wow, what a restoration! The stem work is magnificent. Can you describe how the tenon was funneled so beautifully?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riff raff View Post
    Wow, what a restoration! The stem work is magnificent. Can you describe how the tenon was funneled so beautifully?
    Thanks, Al. I started the funnel with a countersink bit and massaged it by hand for a smoother transition.
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