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First time reforming a missing bit

Discussion in 'Stems & Stummels' started by holymolar, Dec 10, 2013.

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  1. holymolar

    holymolar Member

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    Got a Hamilton pipe at the flea market for $5. The bit was broken off leaving a ragged edge.

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    I cut off the ragged edge and filed a new bit with needle files. It took a lot of time but not as difficult as I thought it would be.

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    Before and after of the rest of the pipe

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  2. mitchell

    mitchell Active Member

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    WOW, nice work holymolar!
     
  3. SmokeyJoe

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    NICE! I have a few stems like that but I've been afraid to try reshaping them. Did you use isopropyl to strip the finish?
     
  4. AustinLM

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    Wow. I have no words. That is just amazing! I think you may have just been the tipping point into a new hobby. :thu2:
     
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    ZOINKS! Like, woah Scoob!
     
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  6. Kayla

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    Nice work! I'm trying to start working on pipes. You give me encouragement.
     
  7. holymolar

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    Sandpaper 220-1200 grit, isopropyl alcohol inbetween grits, elbow grease, and lots of time.
     
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  8. User3940

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    Amazing work Joyal. I wish I could work with stems as well as you do. Maybe after years of practice I can accomplish what you have.
     
  9. holymolar

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    I read a lot about how everybody hates working on stems. It's challenging but I really like it and it's the most fun part of a restoration, for me. After all, it's the part that goes in your mouth

    and I'm into mouths
    I mean, I'm a mouth man
    I mean...
    Oh nevermind, you know what I mean.:xd:
     
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  10. User3940

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    Like chumming for sharks. :laff:
     
  11. DODiF

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    Very nice. Looks great.
     
  12. TWolf

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    Beautiful work sir! You are the stem master!
     
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