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    Comoy’s Specimen Straight Grain 229 Restoration [Pic Heavy]

    This Comoy’s Specimen Straight Grain 229 is the second pipe out of the batch of four for Mark (PSU member, "achtman") that I’ve previously mentioned here: http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showthread.php?10353

    It had a lot of the same issues as the pipe at that link and it brought a few of its own as well. Thankfully, no shank cracks this time, but the surface was just as deteriorated. There was also a dark stain along the top of the shank where something had been spilled/swiped. The most puzzling thing to me was a hard, crystalline deposit on the end of the shank. It was almost like old glue, but I could see no reason for it. I’ve never encountered anything quite like it and don’t care if I never do again.

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    The real problem came to light after I had cleaned the deposits from the end of the shank. There was a pretty good gap between the shank and the stem that had previously been filled with that stuff. I could see evidence of some indelicate tinkering at the end of the shank, but that didn’t explain the gap because the two faces didn’t meet and the space between was more or less even all the way around.



    The pipe was thoroughly clean, the tenon wasn’t bottoming out (tenon: 18.3 mm / mortise: 19.7 mm), and there were no burs or steps inside the mortise. The cause was a complete mystery to me. I tried various, judicious tweaks to see if I could get even the slightest closure in the gap, but no luck. I was almost out of ideas and about to admit defeat. So, I called in the big guns and hit up George D. (PSU member, "PSPR&R") for an assist.

    One of George’s suggestions was to massage the shoulders of the tenon a bit. I took a shot and knocked the upper shoulder…



    … back toward the base by about 1 mm. Success! The shank and stem faces finally made contact. Thanks again, Big G!
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    The joint wasn’t a perfect one though. With the two faces in contact, I could see just how much the unevenness at the end of the shank was throwing everything out of whack. It was damn close though and further tweaking had equal opportunity to make things worse as better. So, I decided to cut my losses and let it be. I may have been defeated, but I think I still retained some dignity.

    Here’s the finished pipe…









    (Sorry for the bad nomenclature photos – I’m better with pipes than cameras)
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    Worked out well.

    Good to see experts helping one another out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    Good to see experts helping one another out.
    I'm just standing on the shoulders of giants, Jim.
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    Another fine job from your workshop, Anthony!
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    More amazing work!

    Don't give away any secrets, but how did you freshen up that "C" on the stem? It looked to be on its last legs, but it's darn purdy and smooth in the "After" photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    I'm just standing on the shoulders of giants, Jim.

    To me, George is the biggest giant - if it's not perfect then it's wrong!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitchfork View Post
    Don't give away any secrets, but how did you freshen up that "C" on the stem? It looked to be on its last legs, but it's darn purdy and smooth in the "After" photos.
    Yeah, that "C" was in even worse shape than it appears to be in the photos and I am pretty darn pleased with how it turned out. I'd rather not give away the actual material used in the reconstruction, because I'm still experimenting with it to figure out where else it might be useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    To me, George is the biggest giant - if it's not perfect then it's wrong!
    My own attempts at chasing perfection is not unlike a Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote cartoon.

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