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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Peter, any pictures of those? Inquiring minds...
    I'll have to dig those up and probably resize them. I'm on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffie666 View Post
    I'll have to dig those up and probably resize them. I'm on it.
    The photos are to big for me to resize on my tablet. Here are the links. The first is an 01M with ferrule. Not sure if it was acrylic or horn but it looked like horn to me.
    The second is. 01 M with no ferule. The second was lost during shipment. I'll be upset about hat one forever.

    http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/...ps5ofbxcsg.jpg

    http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/...pswpcxdyxc.jpg

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    So I took a flashlight to the mortise of the Selected Briar 10. The previous owner put a lot of beeswax in there. So much that there is a solidified drip coming out of the draught hole bore into the mortise where the tenon fits into. That drip is what I think is causing the stem to not seat properly (it's at least part of the problem). I'm thinking about stuffing some rolled up paper towel into the draught hole and in the mortise, then using a hair dryer to blow warm air into the bowl (move on to heat gun if necessary). Hopefully this will melt the wax and it will instantly get sucked into the paper towel. Then I can quickly remove the paper towel to get the liquefied wax out. Repeat if necessary. At least that's my theory of what should happen. Is this worth a shot?

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    The old Stanwell pipes are hard to beat, I've read accounts from high-end collectors who say the old Stannies smoke just as well or the same as the Bo Nordh pipes they have in their collections, which is true of just about every pipe methinks --- it's just a cool aspect of the hobby, how you can find a wonderful pipe for like $10 that will smoke just the same or better than a $1,000 pipe. I've been a collector all of my life, of one thing or another, but I must say that pipe collecting has been the most rewarding and exhilarating.

    Coincidentally,
    SmokingPipes just listed a shape #10 today and they're asking $140 --- they've always been on the higher end of estate pricing, but it still warms my heart that these old Stanwells are getting some good recognition as they are some truly great pipes!

    https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/e...duct_id=218672

    Congrats on yours and good luck with the resto, I'm afraid I can't offer much tech info for refurbishment but thought I'd just add my 2 from the enthusiast angle...

    ...btw, if you haven't seen it,
    Pipedia has an awesome entry for Stanwell including links to old catalogs of which the #10 is included:

    https://pipedia.org/wiki/Stanwell

    Smoke thee well and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffie666 View Post
    I'm thinking about stuffing some rolled up paper towel into the draught hole and in the mortise, then using a hair dryer to blow warm air into the bowl (move on to heat gun if necessary). Hopefully this will melt the wax and it will instantly get sucked into the paper towel. Then I can quickly remove the paper towel to get the liquefied wax out. Repeat if necessary. At least that's my theory of what should happen. Is this worth a shot?
    No heat gun necessary. That beeswax will melt easily and quickly. Shoot the hair dryer down into the mortise to melt the wax (will only take a few secs) and swab it out with cotton swabs. Easy Peasy.
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    I sold two Stanwell pick axe shapes not to long ago.
    Stanwell 01 (b), another Sixten Ivarsson shape, and two very nice examples. The pipe with the horn extension particularly so. A couple of other examples are here,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01

    The earlier, and much less often seen Stanwell 01 (a) the Nefertiti shape, also by Sixten Ivarsson is here,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piffyr View Post
    No heat gun necessary. That beeswax will melt easily and quickly. Shoot the hair dryer down into the mortise to melt the wax (will only take a few secs) and swab it out with cotton swabs. Easy Peasy.
    Very helpful. Thank you so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmcmtk View Post
    Stanwell 01 (b), another Sixten Ivarsson shape, and two very nice examples. The pipe with the horn extension particularly so. A couple of other examples are here,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01

    The earlier, and much less often seen Stanwell 01 (a) the Nefertiti shape, also by Sixten Ivarsson is here,

    http://pipesmokerunlimited.com/showt...on+stanwell+01
    Dave, I'm kicking myself for selling them. I swore I would keep one of my pick axe's. Then I convinced myself to sell the second one off and it was lost in the mail. My eyes are crying.
    I do believe the Neferiti in the other post is a higher grade than my second photo, which is a BenchMade. I forget the name on the first one with the horn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterlowercase View Post
    The old Stanwell pipes are hard to beat, I've read accounts from high-end collectors who say the old Stannies smoke just as well or the same as the Bo Nordh pipes they have in their collections, which is true of just about every pipe methinks --- it's just a cool aspect of the hobby, how you can find a wonderful pipe for like $10 that will smoke just the same or better than a $1,000 pipe. I've been a collector all of my life, of one thing or another, but I must say that pipe collecting has been the most rewarding and exhilarating.

    Coincidentally,
    SmokingPipes just listed a shape #10 today and they're asking $140 --- they've always been on the higher end of estate pricing, but it still warms my heart that these old Stanwells are getting some good recognition as they are some truly great pipes!

    https://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/e...duct_id=218672

    Congrats on yours and good luck with the resto, I'm afraid I can't offer much tech info for refurbishment but thought I'd just add my 2 from the enthusiast angle...

    ...btw, if you haven't seen it,
    Pipedia has an awesome entry for Stanwell including links to old catalogs of which the #10 is included:

    https://pipedia.org/wiki/Stanwell

    Smoke thee well and enjoy!
    Awesome information mlc. Thank you. I love me and old Stanny

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffie666 View Post
    Dave, I'm kicking myself for selling them. I swore I would keep one of my pick axe's. Then I convinced myself to sell the second one off and it was lost in the mail. My eyes are crying.
    I do believe the Neferiti in the other post is a higher grade than my second photo, which is a BenchMade. I forget the name on the first one with the horn.
    I should dig out my 01(b), an excellent smoker. It's still in a box from when I moved. The Nefertiti shape is 01(a) which is a Selected Briar (in the third linked thread). The older Stanwell's really are nice pipes.

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