Blog by Dal Stanton
This very sharp Jobey Hand Rubbed Zulu/Woodstock came to me via eBay auction block when I secured the Lot of 66 which has been a great acquisition for restoring pipes benefitting the Daughters of Bulgaria – women and girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Brian, a pipe man in Kentucky, had already commissioned my last Peretti Oom Paul Sitter and saw this Jobey as he was checking out my page, For ‘Pipe Dreamers’ Only!. We came to an accord and Brian had two pipes in the queue for restoration. Here are pictures of the pipe that got Brian’s attention. The nomenclature of the Zulu/Woodstock has Jobey (cursive) over HAND RUBBED on the top of the shank. The bottom of the shank is marked with 015, which I assume is the shape number for a Zulu/Woodstock. The stem has on it the well-known JOBEY roundel ensconced on the top.When one searches the usual places for information about pipe manufacturers and names, Jobey consistently stands out as having a mysterious beginning. From TobaccoPipes.com, the Jobey history is summarized.
The exact origins of the Jobey Pipe Company are a mystery…Depending on the year, a Jobey pipe could have been produced in England, North America, or France. Since the early 1920’s, Jobey pipes have jumped continents with production falling into the hands of seven different companies over the years. No one is really sure who first produced smoking pipes under the Jobey brand. The pipes are believed to have originated in England; but their true origin is still a bit of a mystery. Jobey pipes were, for most of their history, primarily an English and American brand.
In the same article, interestingly it describes Jobey having a strong Danish influence in its early history as well:
Danish pipe artist Karl Erik had taken a strong interest in the Jobey pipes and started to offer a wide variety of pipe designs that became extremely popular in England and throughout some of the countries such as Holland and the Netherlands.
Today, Jobey pipes are manufactured out of Saint Claude, France, and in 2012 the name was taken on by the Weber Pipe Company, according to PipesTobaccos.com.
The most well-known invention that has been associated with Jobey is the Jobey Link – the tenon system that is popular for its ease of cleaning and replacing. In his post on of a Jobey Cauldron on RebornPipes, Steve became the recipient of original packing information about the Jobey Link that I found fun and interesting:The Jobey Hand Rubbed Zulu/Woodstock is fitted with the famous Link. Regarding the Jobey line, Hand Rubbed, from some old eBay posts I found some ‘Hand Rubbed’ Jobey pipes and one listing gave it a general dating in the 1980s. From this Pipedia Jobey article, I found this older ad for a Jobey Hand Rubbed Poker that I thought was interesting giving a description of the unique properties of this line of Jobey offerings. For the ease of reading, I clipped the description.The Jobey Hand Rubbed Zulu/Woodstock now on the worktable is in good shape. The cake is almost nonexistent. The stem is in good shape with almost no detectable tooth chatter but with a bit of oxidation. The briar grain is stunning, and I see few problems with the surface. The only question is the shiny finish over the briar. I’m hoping that it isn’t an acrylic finish which is a bear to remove. This restoration may be more of a refresher if the finish isn’t a problem. I begin refreshing this Jobey by first removing the Jobey Link from the stem and running some pipe cleaners dipped in isopropyl 95% to clean the internal stem. I then add the stem to a soak with Before & After Deoxidizer along with 5 other stems. The Deoxidizer does a good job dealing with oxidation and is friendly to stampings and, in the Jobey’s case, the brass roundel. After soaking for a few hours, I fish out the Jobey stem and wipe off the raised oxidation with cotton pads wetted with light paraffin oil. I also run a pipe cleaner, dipped in alcohol, through the airway to clear the Deoxidizer. The Deoxidizer has done a good job.Turning now to the stummel, with the chamber being so lightly caked, I use only the Savinelli Fitsall Pipe Tool to scrape the walls removing the cake. It did not take much. I follow by sanding the chamber with 240 grit paper to clean more and to reveal fresher briar for a fresh start. I then wipe the bowl with a cotton pad wetted with alcohol to remove the leftover carbon dust. Pictures show the progress. Now to clean the external surface. I’m hoping that using undiluted Murphy’s Oil Soap will make a dent on the shiny finish. I scrub with Murphy’s using cotton pads and rinse with cool tap water. The stummel cleans up nicely, but as the picture below reveals, there remains a shine on the surface which says to me there’s still old finish needing to be removed to get to the natural briar. I also detect a small fill that is pitted and will need some attention.To continue the cleaning regimen, I use pipe cleaners and cotton buds wetted with isopropyl 95% to clean the internal mortise and airway. I’m getting the impression that this pipe has not been smoked a lot. The internals are not too grungy, and the cotton buds and pipe cleaners are coming out clear.Now, to see if I can remove the shine from the briar surface, I first try using alcohol on cotton pads to see if it will do the trick. Not quite – still some shine. Next, I apply acetone with cotton pads. That did the trick.Now, to work on the shaky fill on the stummel. I take a closeup of it. I use a sharp dental probe to excavate the old material. I then clean it with a cotton pad and alcohol. To create a good blending patch, I mix a small amount of briar dust and CA glue to form a putty. When mixing the two, when it reaches the consistency of molasses, it’s ready to be applied to the patch. I use a toothpick as a trowel. I then set the stummel aside to allow the patch to cure.While the patch cures, I turn my attention back to the stem. The stem is in good shape, but the vulcanite surface is rough. I use 600 grade paper and wet sand the entire stem. I follow the 600 with 0000 grade steel wool. The paper and steel wool did the job, now I’m ready to move to the micromesh pad phase. Using micromesh pads 1500 to 2400, I wet sand the stem. I follow by dry sanding with pads 3200 to 4000 and 6000 to 12000. Between each set of 3 pads I apply Obsidian Oil to the stem to revitalize the vulcanite. And, it looks great! With the stem poised to join a stummel, I look now to the Jobey Zulu/Woodstock bowl. The briar dust putty patch has cured and is ready to be filed and sanded. I initially use a flat needle file to bring the patch mound down near to the briar surface. I keep the file on the patch mound to not impact surrounding briar. I follow the file with 240 grit paper and sand the mound flush with the briar surface. I then cover the scratches of the 240 with 600 grit paper. To deal with the lightening of the wood around the patch due to sanding (above) I use both a cherry and walnut dye stick to color the area – seeking to strike a good blend. I would also dab the area with a cotton pad wetted with alcohol to achieve the blend. I’m satisfied.To address the small nicks on the surface, I start the micromesh sanding pads wet sanding with pads 1500 to 2400, then dry sand with 3200 to 4000 and 6000 to 12000. I take a picture after each set of three to watch the briar grain emerge. Next, I apply Before & After Restoration Balm to the briar surface. I have grown to like this product. What I like about it is that it enhances the natural grain color by deepening and enriching it. I squeeze some of the Balm on my finger and work it into the briar. The Balm starts with a light oil texture but then thickens into a wax-like consistency as it works into the briar. After fully saturating the bowl, I set the Zulu/Woodstock aside to allow the Balm to do its work for a few minutes. I take a picture capturing this. Then, I wipe the Balm off with a cloth – it starts tacky, but this buffs out. I like the results.I reassemble the Jobey Link tenon and reunite the stem with the stummel and mount a cotton cloth buffing wheel on the Dremel with the speed set at about 40% full power. I then apply Blue Diamond compound to the stem and stummel. When completed, I use a felt cloth to buff the pipe, wiping off the compound dust in preparation for the wax. I then mount another cotton cloth wheel to the Dremel, maintain speed at 40% and apply a few coats of carnauba wax to the pipe. I complete the restoration by giving the pipe a rigorous hand buffing with a microfiber cloth to bring out the shine.
This Jobey Hand Rubbed Zulu/Woodstock is a keeper and I enjoyed recommissioning him. The briar grain reminds me of a zebra – the bird’s eye and swirls are incredible. The Zulu/Woodstock shape always seems to have a bit of attitude to it. This Jobey Zulu/Woodstock is a classic expression of this pipe shape. Brian commissioned this Jobey Zulu/Woostock and he will have first opportunity to acquire it in The Pipe Steward Store and this benefits the Daughters of Bulgaria – helping women and girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited. Thanks for joining me!