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.
The tooth chatter was sanded smooth and I repositioned the band that had moved away from the stem, exposing a bit of briar.
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!
Next I built it back up with CA glue and briar chips, finishing with chips on top.
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.
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!
She smokes great and is a favorite shape already. It fits nicely in my hand. Thanks for looking!