Comoy’s Billiard Sandblast Restoration


By Al Jones

This Sandblast Comoy’s, a shape 28, from the pre-Cadogan era was in too good condition to pass up. The stem was only mildly oxidized and the rim bowl top showed some of the factory beveled edge was still visible. On delivery, all of this was confirmed. There was heavy cake, but the owner had never overfilled the pipe.

I reamed the cake with my Castleford set and finished with a piece of 320 grit paper around a slightly smaller bit. The interior of the bowl was in excellent condition. The bowl was soaked several hours with alcohol and sea salt. I used a wet rag to remove some of the bowl top buildup and a worn piece of scotchbrite on the polished beveled edge, followed by a piece of 8,000 grit micromesh. The bowl was then polished with Halycon wax, worked into the sandblast with an old toothbrush.

The stem was soaked for a few hours in a mild Oxy-Clean solution. Mounted to the briar, I used 800, 1000 and 2000 grade wet sandpaper to remove the oxidation and teeth abrasions. Fortunately, the marks were only minor. The stem was then buffed with white diamond rouge and then Meguiars plastic polish.

Below is the finished pipe, which has been sold to a member of the PipesMagazine.com forum. I’ve sold a number of these straight billiards over the years, many of where were Comoy’s. If I ever discover that I enjoy smoking a straight billiard shape, I’ll have many regrets, including this fine specimen.

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