Blog by Al Jones
I found this diminutive Peterson “Barrel” at the JB Hayes shop in Winchester VA. It was part of a large group of estate pipe recently brought into the shop. I actually picked it out of the “box-o’pipes” twice. I put it back the first time because I’m not a fan of the P-lip stem. On the second visit, it was still there, right on top, and I couldn’t resist restoring the pipe.
The pipe had some build-up and scorching on the rim and the military style stem had only light oxidation. The pipe felt incredibly light and sure enough, it only weighed 22 grams. The air-hole to the p-lip was blocked but overall, it did not look like a difficult restoration.
There was only a slight cake in the bowl and after removing it, I found the bowl to be in very good condition. I used spit and a cloth to remove the bowl top build-up and then a worn piece of 8,000 grit micromesh to lessen the rim darkening. There was a scorch mark around the 5 o’clock position of the bowl top which the worn micromesh lessened considerably, without removing any of the stain. I soaked the bowl with alcohol and sea salt. After soaking overnight, I buffed the bowl with white diamond rouge and several coats of carnuba wax, avoiding the nomenclature. A little metal polish was used on the shank ring.
I used a very small pick to remove the build-up in the P-lip draft hole. The oxidation was removed using 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000 grit wet sandpaper. Then 8,000 and 12,000 grade micromesh sheets were used. Finally, the stem was buffed lightly with white diamond rouge.
A member of the PIpesMagazine forum is the new owner of this little gem and reports it smoked very well. The bowl is surprisingly large for such a tiny pipe. This was one I mulled over keeping for myself and perhaps one day I’ll find one with a fish-tail stem. Below is the finished pipe.