Using the Dremel for Polishing – An Addendum

Blog by Dal Stanton

I leave Bulgaria Monday, to join my family as we celebrate the wedding of my youngest daughter, who will be married to my future son-in-law in Nashville, November 6th!  I decided to give my future son-in-law a wedding gift – not just my beautiful daughter!, but also his choice from among the pipes that I’ve restored.  I sent him a picture of pipes that all have been published on and encouraged him to look at the write-ups by searching my name and to choose the pipe he favored.  His choices were (from top to bottom), the No-name from Sozopol that was just published as my Dremel Polishing Techniques essay; Horn stem throw-away Pipe; a Butz-Choquin Rocamar with a Cumberland stem, a Jeantet Fleuron and, at the bottom, a Denicotea Deluxe Curling.dremel1He chose well.  He was drawn to the Butz-Choquin Rocamar (center, above) with its eye-catching Cumberland stem.  After I received the text message with his choice solidified, I picked up the BC Rocamar and took a closer look at it.  The thought that ran through my mind was that somehow the finish had dulled and I wanted to spruce it up a bit before wrapping it and packing it to the US.  Then on a hunch, I decided to look back at the write up that was published on rebornpipes in July and see if the finish had indeed dulled or was it the way I had finished it?  After a quick look at the BC’s restoration, I realize that I’m looking at the same finish that I gave the pipe then.  In that restoration, I did the full micromesh phase (9 pads) and followed with staining the stummel.  Then I by-passed Tripoli and Blue Diamond compounds and went directly to carnauba wax with a cotton cloth wheel, then a buff with a clean cotton cloth wheel, concluding with a microfiber cloth rub down.  Since I had just completed the Dremel Polishing Technique essay for Steve, I find myself comparing the finishes of the later pipes with the BC and there was a distinct difference.  The luster and depth of the briar grain was much more distinct in the more recent pipes that I’ve restored.  A wonderful thought came to mind – the Dremel technique and process that I’ve been honing in on really DOES work!  I’m not just blowing pipe smoke up to people reading these blogs and who use a Dremel! J  The next thought was to write an addendum to the Dremel Technique essay and run the BC through the polish process again – as I’m doing it now, and see if I can detect and record a substantive advance in the finish of the BC Rocamar (by the way, the BC Rocamar is a pipe of Saint Claude, France).  My approach is to reverse time with the BC by applying both Tripoli and Blue Diamond with felt wheels, at the lowest RPMs available, and work it to the end of the process as fully described in detail in the Dremel Technique essay (Link).  After completing the process again with the BC, I retook pictures as closely as I could to mimic the pictures of the BC’s restoration in July.  I did this to compare the effectiveness of the Dremel approach I’m using now to what I did before.  Here’s what I found:

dremel9 Disclaimer: This definitely was not a scientific test, but I will let you judge stem and stummel! I’m pleased with the results that I see before me today compared to July. I’m not sure the pictures do full justice to the view the naked eye enjoys of the rich briar grain, but I will be very happy and pleased indeed to wrap this reborn pipe and bring it to my future son-in-law as a gift from his future father-in-law. This special gift from my hands and prayers from my heart entrust this soon-coming marriage into God’s able hands. Thanks for joining me!

10 thoughts on “Using the Dremel for Polishing – An Addendum

        1. Dal in Bulgaria

          I have two as well, and this will be number two! It doesn’t get any easier on the old man, but it’s definitely a time of celebration for our family!

    1. Dal in Bulgaria

      My son-in-law and I have already agreed to share a bowl as he breaks in his new pipe! Thanks so much for your well wishes.


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