Peterson’s Irish Made 999 trial and ERROR

This post details my trials and error in my resto on a Peterson’s Irish Made 999. The pics show the rim char I had to work with.

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I reamed out the rock hard cake with extreme difficulty, then did the alcohol treatment followed by cleaning the shank.
I topped it slightly and lightly sanded the burn area on the back of the bowl. I couldn’t sand the burn out so I used bleach on a qtip and dabbed the burn area and let dry. Bleach is very whitening so it must not be overused. It seemed to get lighter as it kept drying. I built up the depression with briar chips and CA glue. After sanding it down, I redid a small area on the inside of the rim.

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After another round of sanding, I used Medium Brown dye on the whole pipe except the burn area. I applied with a qtip to have more control. After running through all the buffer wheels, here is the finished pipe. It is very nice grain, a shame it was carelessly lit, to burn a gouge in the rim that deep. The stem was shockingly free of gnarly tooth marks and in pristine condition. The bowl is round again and the slope of the rim is where it should be. Only in certain angles or lights can you see the repair. I’m disappointed I didn’t grind out the burned out area more, the sides of the repair are black, and maybe I should have cut a briar plug instead of the chip buildup. If I keep it, it could be a yard pipe the way it is now.

Stop the presses!
My better half suggested rusticating the area above the grooves and stain it jet black. Upon reflection, that sounds like it could work and maybe even make a cool pipe even cooler! I’ll probably not start phase 2 of the resto for awhile if I do it, I’ve spent way too much time with this pipe for now, having to repeat the buildup process and covering a few pin holes with CA glue.

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What do you think about the proposed phase 2 of this project, stop or go?

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