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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklin Bill View Post
    That was one well used pipe. I imagine it might be the owner's only one.
    Not at all, Bill. The previous owner actually had a pretty nice collection. Mostly Comoys, but pretty much every venerable, old, Brit brand was represented in some quantity. He also appears to have been a bit of a tinker whose reach may have exceeded his grasp at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitchfork View Post
    Poaker?
    I like that one. It has a nice, old-world feel to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigmillar View Post
    Fantastic work Anthony. If I could fit myself in a BIG box,could you do a restore on me?
    Well, I usually ask my clients to send some photos before accepting work, but in this case...
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    Sometimes when I see your work I just wonder to myself if your the guy who fed the 5'000 with the loaves and the fishes!

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    This is the first pipe that Anthony has restored for me. As he kept working on it, and kept sending me photos, I became more and more despondent. With all those cracks in the shank, I gave it up for dead, and consoled myself that it had only cost about $80.

    What came out in the end was a pipe that looks new, except when I squint inside the shank. Then I can see that the wood has suffered somewhat. Otherwise, it looks better than almost all other pipes I have.

    I bought the pipe because
    1. I love and collect old BBBs.
    2. Pokerís look stupid. They look like somebody was beginning to learn how to make a pipe and tried to imitate a branch coming from a stem. How hard can it be to male a cylinder with two holes, one in an elongated branch? But I didnít own one and thought I needed to hold it to be sure what I thought.
    3. It was cheap.

    What I had not realised was
    1. A poker sits. It has a flat bottom and the stem is in the air. You put it on a table and it doesnít fall over. You don,t have to keep it in your mouth or in your hands. You can actually do something else. You donít even need a piperest. So a poker is not stupid but practical. Long live pokers!
    2. An old BBB poker weighs almost nothing. Even if you stick in your mouth and donít clench, there is little danger that it will fall out.
    3. This pipe smokes well and tastes good. There is a reason it was so damaged, namely somebody loved it as much as I will, and smoked it a lot.

    I think it was 1938 as well. BBB was making pokers in 1912 but I donít believe the button would have looked this modern in 1918.

    Greetings to all of you. Iíve been absent for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalsmoke View Post
    What an outstanding restoration, Anthony, and congrats to you, Mark!
    Thanks Russ. BBBs are great. Enjoy yours when it comes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigmillar View Post
    Fantastic work Anthony. If I could fit myself in a BIG box,could you do a restore on me?
    Hi Joe
    That BBB display box is doing really good service for most of my other BBB's. Thanks again.
    Incidentally, I just picked up a Comoy's display box and it just arrived. Great condition abut about 1/3 the size of the BBB display box. It takes six pipes but they're sort of crowded whereas in your there's lots of space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allyby View Post
    Sometimes when I see your work I just wonder to myself if your the guy who fed the 5'000 with the loaves and the fishes!
    Not me, Ally. I can't rock a beard as well as that guy can.
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    Aye Anthony, Great work!! I has a question about the nomenclature on the shank, how do you keep it so sharp? In the original it looks like it is weak and about to go away during any light sanding or buffing... Curious minds likes to know these things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PyrateMate View Post
    Aye Anthony, Great work!! I has a question about the nomenclature on the shank, how do you keep it so sharp? In the original it looks like it is weak and about to go away during any light sanding or buffing... Curious minds likes to know these things...
    This is what you're looking for, John: http://www.sunshinepolishingcloth.com/
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