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

Discussion in 'Pipe Making Forums' started by Quinn Martin, Dec 16, 2013.

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  1. Quinn Martin

    Quinn Martin Member

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


  2. ArmedOctopus

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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.
     
  3. AustinLM

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    That looks MUCH better than the factory! Great job. :toast:
     
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  4. MikeInMaine

    MikeInMaine Passes for human

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    Way better. Nice work.
     
  5. Kayla

    Kayla Member

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    Great job. What an improvement. Funny they would hide that nice wood grain with that finish and carvings.
     
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  6. Dwijattam

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    Really a huge improvement.
     
  7. sillyoldbear

    sillyoldbear Active Member

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    You're right, the pattern on the rim made it look cheap and tacky, looks much better now.
     
  8. User3940

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    That looks so much better. Good work Sir.
     
  9. gd9704

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    Yep, much better. Like you, that would have annoyed me every time I picked that pipe up! Good job!
     
  10. Moose

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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. Quinn Martin

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    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:
     
  12. Kayla

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    In georgia with irregular sleeping patterns :)
     
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  13. ruffinogold

    ruffinogold Ruffinogold-Mayor, I.R.G.E.--At Large. Mayor

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    Now it will smoke better too because youre happier with it ;)
     
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  14. DODiF

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    Great job! If I didn't know better, I would think it came like that.
     
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  15. AdamInWA

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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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  16. Quinn Martin

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    Some Alligators do come like that, that's what gave me the idea.
     
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