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Thread: 1938(?) BBB Restoration [Pic Heavy]

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    1938(?) BBB Restoration [Pic Heavy]

    Preamble: The spam filter will not allow me to publish this post with the shape name in the test, but you know what it is. Also, resident BBB guru Wes (PSU member, "pitchfork") has called into question the actual date of manufacture for this pipe. The date hallmarks for both 1913 and 1938 are very, very similar. So, while I've stuck with my original assessment in the title, I'm not nearly convinced that it's correct.

    Sometimes, a pipe can be loved too much. Take this 1938 BBB [shape name redacted] that Mark (PSU member, "achtman") recently picked up for example. It appears that the previous owner was so proud of it that he displayed it prominently in an area exposed to direct sunlight. Thatís great for public viewing, but not so good for wood finishes and vulcanite stems. The stummel was extremely sun-bleached. The only areas that held their original color were the bottoms of the bowl and shank. Since Mark had asked me to restore the pipe to as like new condition as possible, those would areas would function as my color swatches to match the original finish.







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    The only structural damage was beneath the silver cap where there were significant cracks at approximately the 4, 6, and 8 oíclock positions.



    The cap had done a fair enough job of holding everything together thus far, but it was obvious that the it wasnít form fitting at the very end. The space between the cap and the shank had allowed the wood to flex too far and fracture. So, two different types of adhesive were required to stabilize the cracks. The first was a thin epoxy that I could work into the fissures before clamping them together to bring the shank back into shape. The second was a gap-filling epoxy paste that was applied between the cap and shank. That would fill in the void and prevent any flex and stress in the future.
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    When all was said and done, this was the pipeÖ









    This pipe was part of a batch of four that Mark sent in for some restoration work and, believe it or not, itís probably the runt of the litter. Iíll try to get the other three posted within the next few days.
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    That was one well used pipe. I imagine it might be the owner's only one. Love the bit ......and silver resto ....and wood etc.
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    A rekoP. We did fix this problem once...I guess the machines have taken over.

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    Poaker?

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    What an outstanding restoration, Anthony, and congrats to you, Mark!
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    Didn't realize this was Mark's pipe. The BBB I posted on the other forum, with Glokar stem and what I believe is a 1913/14 "O," is also Mark's.

    Great shape, whatever you call it!

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    Fantastic work Anthony. If I could fit myself in a BIG box,could you do a restore on me?

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    Beautiful restoration
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