Restoring a Cracked Chacom 296 Canadian

I have a GBD panel that Charles used the same method to repair the cracked bowl. Mine had a lot of cracks and splits around the bowl and he pinned them/stitched them with the brass pins. I have been using for a long time now and there is no flex in the cracks.


I came across this Chacom 296 Canadian pipe at a local antique market, and though it was in rough shape, it had a few things going for it in my mind. First was the unique leather pipe case it came in that featured a snap closure just like Grandma’s change purse. The case is unmarked, so I don’t know if it is original to the pipe or was simply purchased to use with it. At any rate, its novelty caught my attention.

Releasing the pipe from its case, I could see that the pipe was a Canadian, one of my favourite pipe shapes. It had been a constant, though poorly maintained, companion to its previous owner. The rim was hidden under a thick crust of lava, the bowl was nearly choked off with cake, and the stem looked like it had been chewed on by a puppy instead of a…

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