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The Guidall Shape 284 - Restoration

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Riff Raff, Jul 20, 2013.

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  1. Riff Raff

    Riff Raff Active Member

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    I'm a big fan of the Comoy's shape 284, but they don't come up often and are pricey. I found this "The Guidall London Pipe" shape 284 on Ebay earlier this week. It was in rough shape, but still looked solid, so I took a gamble. It took a lot of work, but I'm pleased with result. The stamping indicated a post WWII pipe (per Comoys guidelines). I detailed the restoration steps at Steve's Reborn Pipes blog and you can read more here:
    http://rebornpipes.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/restoration-the-guidall-284/

    The pipe mud used in the bowl is drying, so I'll wait a few days for the first smoke. I've been told that this is a premade stem but it doesn't feel bad in my mouth (rather soft, like a Charatan DC stem feels to me).

    A few before and after shots.

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  2. jpberg

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    Again, terrific work, Al.
     
  3. Riff Raff

    Riff Raff Active Member

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    Thanks, I'm hoping it will fit into my traveling pipe requirements, ie fit my one-pipe bag and be able to take some bumps...
     
  4. jpberg

    jpberg Moderator Moderator

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    If it was mine, I'd want to take it on the road as well.
     
  5. Summit

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    Looks nice!
     
  6. User3940

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    Well done Sir. That came out very nice.
     
  7. DogTalker

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    Great job!
    How long is it?
     
  8. Pipe Matt

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    Nice job! Lovely pipe, and what a great shape! :)
     
  9. Riff Raff

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    It's just over 5.5". Comoys described the shape as a "compact Rhodesian" and that is an apt description. A little smaller scale than my GBD 9438's or Comoys Extraordinaires. I haven't weighed it, but guess it is around 45 grams.
     
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    jdto Well-Known Member

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    That's really nice. Good work, man.
     
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    By George you are right!
     
  13. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    Oh well. I thought it was a rare variant destined for export to Italy.
     
  14. Riff Raff

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    I'm still chuckling on that one. In my mind I'd been saying "Gui-Doll", so that 's how I spelled it not "Guild-Hall"..... I was able to correct the spelling on the blog entry....
     
  15. Riff Raff

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    I just finished the inaugural bowl of MM965 in the pipe and Winner! What a great smoking little pipe. The stem is comfy and feels great (yep, just like my Charatan DC's rubber) One match later, the pipe mud held up well and a cake is starting, about a 35 minute smoke (perfect for standing outside an hotel). You'll see me sporting this one up and down the East Coast.
     
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