I broke my first and favorite pipe. I need help!

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  1. Raggedearth

    Raggedearth Member

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    I did something really stupid...I tried to clean my pipe without the correct pipe cleaning equipment. The stem had accumulated a lot of oxidation, and so i looked up how to clean in. I left it in a Clorox solution over night and when i took it out to do the rest of the cleaning i realized that i did not have any pipe cleaners. So like a dumb@$$ i tried to pull a piece of cotton through it with a smaller string, and guess what... it got stuck. So i made another stupid decision and stuck a piece of metal down the stem to try to push it out, after 2 hours of doing this, with no success, the mouth piece shattered. and the cotton is still lodged with no hope of coming out. is it possible to replace a stem for a bowl? I feel naked knowing i cant have my pipe. this is my pipe, it is a mini churchwarden, please say the stem can be replaced.[​IMG]
     
  2. dhintonca

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    Sure it can - stems are relatively easy. There are several fine gentlemen here who can make a new stem for you, at quite reasonable prices. I can't personally recommend any of them, as so far I haven't needed their services.
     
  3. Lestrade

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    Yes Sir, you can get a new stem made for it.
     
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  4. Raggedearth

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    Does anyone know where I can get a stem made?
     
  5. Arkie

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    I have had stems replaced by Floyd Norwood and Walker Briar Works in addition to having other work done by them. I can highly recommend both of them. You can contact them via their names on a search engine.
     
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    I've heard nothing but good things about Walker Briar Works, though I have not needed their services myself. Good luck.
     
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    Sorry to hear about your mishap!
    The same happened to me a few years ago when a pipecleaner got stuck in one of my Dunhills which I just bought off the bay!
    It's annoying of course but most of these little accidents can be repaired..... Good luck!:bing:
     
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    Would you ever have gotten the taste of Clorox off or out... maybe this is a good thing.
     
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  9. Arkie

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    Send it to Dave or Floyd. You will hardly recognize it when you get it back. It will look better than it did when it was brand new. They turned a couple of my cheap pipes into a pair that now look like $100+ pipes.
     
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    I just sent 3 pipes to Dave (Walker BW) the other day. 1 for a new stem and 2 for repairs. :th1:
     
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  11. Raggedearth

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    This is awesome, I really thought all hope was lost when I saw my stem brake. Thanks guys!
     
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    I'm sending my pipe to Floyd Norwood in the morning, I'm really excited.
     
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    Good choice. Not only does he do great work but he will have it fixed and back into the mail to you within a couple of days of receiving it. His fees are really reasonable too.
     
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    I have no idea of the make or sentimental value of your pipe, but if look at the following, the mini 'style B' is a pretty close match to yours.
    Just in case.

    http://www.pipeshoppe.com/ps_cw_mini.php
     
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  15. len smetona

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    Sounds like you need the pipe hospital. hehe, plenty of folks could make a new stem, you might check locally first but if your local shop is going to send it out, heck you could do that yourself.
     
  16. Raggedearth

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    wow your right, that looks exactly like mine, i will keep that in my back pocket just in case, thanks Elwin.
     
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  17. Elwin

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    You're welcome!
    That's part of the fun of being part of this forum - helping out when you can.
    :)
     
  18. IrishRover

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    I've used the clorox trick and after that I use alcohol. I haven't tasted the clorox yet, but, maybe I was a little buzzed from the alcohol ;)
     
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  19. jhe888

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    You already chose, but Floyd Norwood made a new stem for one of mine recently. It took about one week, including mailing and cost about $20. Can't beat that.
     
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