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I took on a Savinelli and lived to tell about it.

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I picked up this Savinelli Alligator on line becuse I really like the shape and because I couldn't refuse the sale. When it finally arrived I noticed that the "alligator" look on the top of the bowl seemed backwards (I think you can tell what I mean by the pics below). I still liked the pipe, but that look on the top of the bowl just bothered me. Up untill I started meching around with the Dremmel and the carnuba on some estates I considered mod-ing a Savinelli sacriledge; but that silly faux alligator look on top of the bowl finally got to me today and I took the chance:
Heres the shape:


Here's the original top of the bowl, maybe that's why it was on sale. They call this 'alligator'? If anything, its reverse alligator!

Here's my mod using a little light tan leather dye and carnuba:


I could have sanded a bit more to get that tiny black ding out of the edge of the bowl, but I wanted to err on the side of caution.
I prob smoke this pipe more now that I don't have to see that reverse alligator schlock.
 
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It took me a minute, but I finally got what you meant....and boy howdy, do I agree! That original looks terrible. Makes you wonder what they were thinking.
 

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Definitely an improvement on the original IMO. I don't know if I would have had the intestinal fortitude to have tried it though. Good on ya.
 
#11
Great job. What an improvement. Funny they would hide that nice wood grain with that finish and carvings.
3:20 am post?! You are either suffering from insomnia, or you live across the pond. If the former, try reading 'Critique of Pure reason' by Immaneul Kant, you'll be out in 90 seconds; if the latter, :toast:
 
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Ok now I'm gunna have to look at mine. The first pipe I bought around 5 years or so ago was that same shape of a Sav Gator, same finish and everything, but I don't think mine has anything like that on the top of the bowl. It's either flat or has the same texture as the sides. If I remember I'll take a picture of what it looks like.
 
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