I got this Capt. Pete for a low price because of the condition of the pipe as shown in the seller pics, I have included my own pics instead. Its a thick diamond shanked stubby bulldog canted forward. Well, as can be seen by the pics, this pipe was abused! The stem had plenty of oxidation, the rim had scorch marks front and back that burnt down into the briar. There was a bunch of pock marks on the back of the rim but the worst abuse was a large area chipped off the back. Prepare yourself for graphic photographic evidence…
I dropped the stem in an oxyclean/hot water bath and scrubbed every half hour with a green sponge. There was minimal chatter which cleaned up with 220 grit paper followed by finer grits until I hit it on the buffer wheels to gloss it up. The brass P was gone so i carved out the P with a dental pick and other small picks under a jewelers loupe and filled with grout whitener, wiping the excess off with my finger before it dried. after drying I waxed it up.
i reamed the bowl back to a thin cake and gave it an alcohol/cotton ball soak overnight. Next I cleaned the interior of the shank. Then I topped the bowl by rubbing the rim on 220 sandpaper. I had to do this several times, the scorch marks really dug into the rim deep! Upon doing the topping, I discovered a small crack on the rim top and front. i made a small hole at the base of the crack and patched with CA glue.
OKAY, then i tackled the “best” part of the refurb… the back rim. Raw and exposed briar, below that was pock marked with road rash pin holes!
I used the hot knife trick to steam out about half of the damage. I sanded using 320 paper on the backside slope until i eliminated most of the holes and the chipped area was reduced significantly. I sanded with finer grits and rubbed a dab of olive oil to match the rest of the bowl. I thought i was done, ran it through all the wheels of the buffer and took pics.
I said heck no, we aren’t done yet. I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of holes still visible in the pics. I mentioned in a comment previously about how when i pull a pipe from my rack to smoke, I see areas that I can improve on from my earlier initial restorations while learning my craft.
So back with the steam, paper, olive oil and buffing. There are now only a FEW pin holes on the slope of the rim which looks close to perfect. You can still see the rim is not perfect but this pipe turned into a real stunner. Thanks for looking!