Blog by Steve Laug
This is the eighth pipe from the box of pipes that I was gifted by a good friend of mine with the instructed purpose of cleaning them up and selling them with all of the proceeds going to the aid of earthquake victims in Nepal. Once again all funds raised will all go to the SA Foundation, and organization that has worked in Nepal for over 15 years helping provide recovery, housing and job training for women who are victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking. The ongoing earthquakes (over 300) that continue to shake Nepal have left much in ruins. The SA Foundation Project there was able to find new housing for the women and help with staff as well. Every dollar raised from the sale of these pipes will go to the work in Nepal.
This one is a Kriswell Chief, shape number 32. It is stamped on the left side of the shank, Kriswell over Chief over Handmade in Denmark. On the underside of the shank next to the stem it is stamped 32. It is an oval shank sitter. It is kind of a combination of shapes – a bent poker, and canted Dublin with a flat bottom, and a rounded rim billiard. All of these shapes combine to make a unique and interesting pipe. It was in decent shape though dirty. The finish was in very good shape under the grime and the briar should really stand out once it was cleaned and buffed. The bowl needed a light reaming and the shank and airway were dirty. The stem was oxidized and looking closely I could see faint stamping of the Kriswell snowflake. I was not sure I could bring it back as it was very faint in the vulcanite.
The rim had some small dings on the inner edge on the left side of the bowl and there were some light tars on the top of the rim. The close-up photo below shows the surface of the rim and the cake in the bowl. The stem was oxidized and quite brown but it appeared to be mostly on the surface of the stem. When I wiped it down lightly after these photos most of it came off easily.
I cleaned the bowl, airway, mortise and stem airway with alcohol, cotton swabs and pipe cleaners and it did not take a lot of work to clean them. I lightly sanded the stem with a medium and a fine grit sanding sponge and then moved on to work on it with the micromesh sanding pads. I wet sanded with 1500-2400 grit pads and rubbed the stem down with Obsidian Oil before moving on to dry sand with 3200-4000 grit pads. I rubbed it down with oil a second time and then dry sanded with 6000-12,000 grit pads.
When I had finished with the micromesh I gave it a final coat of Obsidian Oil and when it dried took it to the buffer and buffed the entire pipe with Blue Diamond Plastic polish on the wheel and then gave the stem and bowl multiple coats of carnauba wax to protect and shine. I finished by buffing it with a clean flannel buff to raise the shine. The finished pipe is shown below and is ready for the pipeman who accepts the offer to purchase it and support the women of Nepal.
This Kriswell Chief is a beautiful pipe and the unique combination of shapes gives it a distinctive look. As I said above, it should make someone a great addition. If you are interested in this pipe email me with an offer at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it. The entirety of the sale price will go to the Nepal project. I will pay the postage so that does not get taken off the proceeds. If you are interested in reading about the SA Foundation you can look at their website at http://www.safoundation.com.
Thanks for looking.