Peterson’s Emerald 80s

This Emerald 80s by Peterson’s had seen better days. Maybe I could turn back the hands of time to an age where this pipe was new and never subjected to the horrific abuse it has seen.

The 2 main issues were some briar knocked out of the rings on the left side and the stem. The stem. Wow, one of the worst I’ve ever seen. It was heavily calcified and the top had been chewed enough to where the airway was exposed. The bottom had a trench cut across also. Oh yeah, the rim was out of round from a careless hack job reaming it.

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I almost forgot the band was loose, the front of the bowl had some scratches and the loose tenon was fixed with a bunch of dental floss.

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The stem went into extensive repeated oxyclean soak/scrub until it could be sanded with 100 grit sandpaper, 150 and 220. I wrapped a pipecleaner with tape and ran it through the stem to where the tape was in the repair area and wouldn’t let the glue stick to the pipecleaner.

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I used black CA glue mixed with powdered charcoal to layer up enough to fill the holes and sand smooth. This took several layers obviously.

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I used tape to keep the edge sharp during one glue session.

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After more layers to fill minute airholes, it was done. Sanding and buffing finished the stem. Also heated the tenon and expanded it with a tapered wooden dowel to fit tight. Refreshed the P with grout whitener to put the icing on the cake.

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Alternating with the stem work, I worked on the bowl. The grooves were cleaned out after wiping the bowl with alcohol. I filled the area with clear CA glue and briar chips.

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After drying,  I used files to cut the lines and sanded it smooth.

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The rim was lightly sanded to try to bring it back into round. Buffed the pipe and stem and glad this beast is beaten!

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Thanks for looking!

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Caminetto 8-L09 restored

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I got this, my first Caminetto, for a song off ebay. The seller refunded part of my payment for not disclosing the burned down rim. I’m sure the seller had no evil intent, just honest ignorance from not actually smoking a pipe but just flipping them from an estate sale. The pics showed it was in good shape aside from some tooth chatter on the acrylic stem. What the pics failed to show fully was the area on the front of the rim that was burned with a jet lighter, resulting in a dip or gouge of at least a quarter inch of burn out.

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The tooth chatter was sanded smooth and I repositioned the band that had moved away from the stem, exposing a bit of briar.

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Now the fun begins! After reaming the bowl, I sanded the charred area of the rim down to solid briar. Oh the careless abuse some pipes suffer!

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Next I built it back up with CA glue and briar chips, finishing with chips on top.

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After it had cured, I rough sanded it and added some rustication to match the craggy original surface. I use a modified Phillips screwdriver and it slipped one time.

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I smashed the Caminetto into dust, the end.

Actually they say an artist must suffer for his work and put some blood sweat and tears into it and I did all three on this one.
Some stain matching and a bowl coating and it’s good to go!

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She smokes great and is a favorite shape already. It fits nicely in my hand. Thanks for looking!

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