Restored – Kaywoodie Flame Grain 13B (Author) Drinkless – Pat Russell

It is a pleasure to present Pat’s second contribution to the blog. In it he describes his work on an old Kaywoodie in one of my favourite shapes – the 13B. Thanks for the contribution Pat. Keep ’em coming. You are doing some great work.

Greetings friends.

It’s been one heckuva week, one of those weeks where life just seems to take over. As a reward for making it through, I’ve taken a holiday today to restore a beautiful old pipe that has been sitting on my bench for a month or so. This was another $14.00 eBay win, and one I was thrilled about. I started looking for early Kaywoodies about a year ago when I fell in love with the quality of the briar. This lovely little author was in pretty good shape. The drinkless stinger, with 4 holes, and a two digit shape code with one letter dates it to between 1940 and the early 1950s. There was a sizable tooth mark in the top of the stem, a couple smaller bites out of the bottom of the bit, and a few small dings and dents in the bowl. Other than that, the pipe was in pretty good shape.
KW1KW2KW3KW4KW5 So I threw the stem in a OxyClean bath, and then took the new PipNet reamer to the cake.
KW6KW7KW8 I then wet a tea towel and set the bowl rim down on the towel for two minutes or so, before using the damp towel to wipe off the rim char and tars.
KW9 Once that was done, I wet sanded the stem with 600 and 800 grit sandpaper.
KW10 Then took the heat gun to the stem to work on those dents.
KW11KW12 It took a couple attempts, but they both lifted somewhat.
KW13KW14 Then I took 0000 steel wool to the stinger to clean it up.
KW15 Following the stinger, I elected to do a surface clean of the stummel with acetone and a cotton pad.
KW17KW18KW19KW20 At this point, it was time to make some judgement calls. There was still some rim darkening, there were a couple very minor dents in the bowl, and that tooth mark was still there even after the heat treatment and there was a little bleaching around the top of the bowl. This pipe is for me. I’m a clencher. I elected to leave the tooth mark. I also elected to leave the dents, and do a light tint of the bowl to bring back the colour.

The next step was a date with about fifty pipe cleaners and the same number of bristle cleaners liberally dosed with isopropyl alcohol. After a thorough scrub out, I elected to finish the stem, shank and stummel clean with a retort.
KW21KW22KW23 Testament to the fact that isopropyl alcohol and pipe cleaners don’t clean out everything, here are the cotton balls from the bowl post retort.
KW24 Post retort, I added two drops of Fiebing’s Light Brown to about half an eye dropper of 99% isopropyl alcohol. I do this to create tints. I don’t always want to restain a pipe, the tint allows me to blend the stain and bring colour back to the bleached areas of the stummel.
KW25KW26KW27KW28KW29 After adding the tint, I used a cotton ball with isopropyl alcohol to wipe down the stummel and even out the tint.
KW30KW31 Then the pipe went to the buffer. First with white diamond…
KW32KW33 Then with Carnauba…
KW34KW35KW36KW37 Then after a wipe down with a Dunhill Pipe Wipe…
KW38KW39KW40KW41KW42KW43 I love this pipe. I’m thrilled to have it, and can’t wait to smoke it.

Right now I’m having one of these to celebrate.
KW44 As always, thanks for looking, and feel free to toss any tips my way.

4 thoughts on “Restored – Kaywoodie Flame Grain 13B (Author) Drinkless – Pat Russell

  1. Pruss

    Thanks gang. One thing I forget to log in the report above, was that after the retort I took the stem up from 1200 – 12000 grit with micromesh sanding pads before taking the pipe to the buffing wheel.


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