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    Re- configuration of a pipe

    I've probably posted this before but, if so, it was a long time ago.

    A friend gifted me a Lannes Johnson pipe - a great smoking pipe but it looked like he'd made it with his feet:


    original Lannes Johnson.jpg

    So, it never got smoked.

    I eventually sent it to Kirk Fitzgerald (Briar Spirit) and asked of he could improve its looks - this is what he achieved:

    Briar Spirit LJ2.jpgBriar Sprit LJ.jpgBSLJ.JPG

    I've been criticised for this elsewhere but I like it - and, more to the point, I smoke it.
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    It does look much better without the rustication Jim.

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    I agree with Dave. It looks much better without the rustication. So, much so that I wonder why is was ever rusticated at all.

    De-rustication is something that I've never tried. I cringe a little at the thought of it. That's no small amount of work to keep the proper lines of the pipe.
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    The pipe in the original condition looked like it was bent in the wrong direction. Could have just been the way the pipe was standing, maybe it is just the way I am looking at it...The new look is definitely better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    I've probably posted this before but, if so, it was a long time ago. A friend gifted me a Lannes Johnson pipe - a great smoking pipe but it looked like he'd made it with his feet. So, it never got smoked. I've been criticised for this elsewhere but I like it - and, more to the point, I smoke it. I eventually sent it to Kirk Fitzgerald (Briar Spirit) and asked of he could improve its looks - this is what he achieved:
    original Lannes Johnson.jpg

    BSLJ.JPG

    I can't believe it's the same pipe, Jim! How did he do that?
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    Soooooo much better now Jim. Accolades for Kirk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo44 View Post
    I've probably posted this before but, if so, it was a long time ago.

    A friend gifted me a Lannes Johnson pipe - a great smoking pipe but it looked like he'd made it with his feet:


    original Lannes Johnson.jpg

    So, it never got smoked.

    I eventually sent it to Kirk Fitzgerald (Briar Spirit) and asked of he could improve its looks - this is what he achieved:

    Briar Spirit LJ2.jpgBriar Sprit LJ.jpgBSLJ.JPG

    I've been criticised for this elsewhere but I like it - and, more to the point, I smoke it.
    You did right, Jim. I do not like pipes with crinkly bottoms! Or with any sort of partial rustication, to be honest. The result is a pipe that I would now be happy to have in my centuria
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    What an improvement..!
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    Like Russ I would never have believed it was the same pipe either.

    Definitely an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan story....happy smokes Jim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottishgaucho View Post
    Like Russ I would never have believed it was the same pipe either.

    Definitely an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan story....happy smokes Jim.
    Crawford, I agree with you and Russ.

    Looking more closely at the photos, I am amazed that the rusticated areas (especially on the shank) could be removed AND still leave a pipe that seems symmetrical and balanced in every way, with no sign that it had been brutalised in the first place - clearly the work of a master craftsman at the top of his game!
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