Blog by Steve Laug
The next pipe on the work table is a nice, large blasticated Bent Billiard. It is stamped with a Crown logo then Baronet over Bruyere on the heel of the bowl followed by 606EX over Italy. The shape number and stamping tell me this is a Savinelli made pipe. The finish is what I call “Blasticated” as it appears to have been rusticated then sandblasted to give it a unique look that is uniform and almost looks like a sandblast. It was quite dirty and the rim top had a thick overflow of lava deep in the grooves of the top. The bowl was thickly caked and between that and the lava I was not sure what to expect of the inner edge of the bowl underneath the grime. Time would tell. The stem was a vulcanite taper style that was very oxidized and spotty. It had some tooth marks and chatter on both sides near the button. There was a faint Crown logo stamped on the left side of the taper that may not be able to be restored. Jeff took some photos of the pipe to show the general condition of the pipe before he started his clean up. He took some photos of the rim top and bowl from various angles to give me a clear picture of the condition of the rim top and bowl. You can see the cake in the bowl and the thickness of the lava coat. It also looks like these is some damage on the lightly beveled inner edge in the photos. Jeff took some photos of the sides and heel of the bowl to show the condition of the rusticated finish on the pipe. The photos show the “Blasticated” style I explained above. Under the oils and grime it was a nice looking bowl. I think it will be a really nice looking pipe once it is restored. He took some photos of the stamping on the underside of the shank and the left side of the taper stem. On the shank there was the crown as noted and the stamping Baronet over Bruyere. Next to that was the shape number 606EX (which is a Savinelli number) and under that Italy. On the left side of the stem was a worn Crown stamp that matched the one on the underside of the shank.The next two photos show the top and underside of the stem. It is deeply oxidized and has calcification on both sides at the button. There is also some tooth chatter and some light tooth marks. The final photo shows the curve of the full stem.Before I started my part of the restoration I wanted to have a clear picture of the background of the Baronet pipe. I turned to Pipephil as he often has photos and information that give me what I am looking for (http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-b2.html). The pipe is indeed made by Savinelli, though it appears that LHS also made a line with the same stamp. The LHS Version had a different logo on the stem. I did a screen capture of the pertinent section of the page and include it below.I turned to Pipedia and looked up the brand there (http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-b2.html). I found a shape chart that gave the 606KS shape that matches the 606EX that I am working on. I believe the EX is the designation for a large pipe and that fits this one. I also found the Baronet listed in the list of sub-brands or seconds.Now I knew I was dealing a Savinelli made pipe that was large and was a sub-brand or second line. It is a beautiful pipe which will become evident as I work on it.
Jeff once again did an amazing job cleaning the pipe. He reamed it with a PipNet pipe reamer and got rid of the cake so that we could see the walls of the bowl and assess for damage. He cleaned the internals of the shank and stem with alcohol, pipe cleaners and alcohol. He scrubbed the exterior with undiluted Murphy’s Oil Soap and a tooth brush to get into the grooves and valleys of the rustication. He rinsed the pipe under warm water. He dried it off with a cloth and then let it air dry. The stem was scrubbed with Soft Scrub and then soaked in Before & After Deoxidizer. It came out looking pretty good with a light coat of oxidation still present. The finish on the bowl and the rim top cleaned up pretty good. I took pictures of the pipe to show how it looked when I unpacked it. I took a close up photo of the rim top to show how clean it was. There was some damage to the inner edge of the rim toward the front of the bowl. The stem looked good just a few light tooth marks and some remaining oxidation. Overall the pipe looked impressive at this point in comparison to where it had started.I decided to address the damage to the inner edge of the rim. I used a folded piece of 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the rim edge and cleanup the slight bevel that was there. I was able to minimize the damaged area. I stained the edge with a black stain pen to blend it into the rest of the rim top. I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the briar with my finger tips and a horsehair shoe brush. The product is a great addition to the restoration work. It enlivens, enriches and protects the briar while giving it a deep glow. It is a product I use on every pipe I work on. I set the bowl aside and turned my attention to the stem. I sanded out the tooth chatter and marks in the acrylic with a folded piece of 220 grit sandpaper and polished out the scratches with 440 grit wet dry sandpaper.I polished the stem with Denicare Mouthpiece Polish from a tin of it I have in the drawer here. It is a gritty red paste that I rub on with my finger tips and work it into the surface of the stem and button and buff it off with a cotton pad. It gives me a bit of a head start on the polishing work.I used some Paper Mate Liquid Paper to repair the white in the Crown stamp on the left side of the stem. Once it dried I used a 2400 grit micromesh sanding pad to remove the excess. While not flawless it is recognizable.I polished the stem with micromesh sanding pads – wet sanding with 1500-12000 grit sanding pads. I wiped it down after each sanding pad with Obsidian Oil. I polished it with Before & After Pipe Stem Polish – both Fine and Extra Fine. I buffed the stem with a soft cloth to raise the shine. I rubbed it down with Briarville’s No Oxy Oil as a final preservative measure to protect the stem. As always I am excited to finish a pipe that I am working on. I put the pipe back together and buffed it using a light touch with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I gave the bowl several coats of Conservator’s Wax and the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the pipe with a clean buffing pad and hand buffed it to raise the shine. It is fun to see what the polished bowl looks like with the variations of colour in the blastication around the bowl and shank. Added to that the polished tapered vulcanite stem was a beautiful touch. This is large, nice looking pipe and I am sure that the tactile nature of the finish will feel great as the bowl warms up during smoking. It is light and well balanced. Have a look at it with the photos below. The dimensions are Length: 6 ¾ inches, Height: 2 ½ inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 ½ inches, Chamber diameter: 7/8 of an inch. It is another beautiful pipe and one that will be on the rebornpipes store soon. You can find it in the section of Pipes by Italian Pipe Makers. If you are interested in adding it to your collection let me know. Thanks for walking through the restoration with me as I worked over this pipe. Thanks to each of you who are reading this blog. I want to keep reminding us of the fact that we are not pipe owners; we are pipemen and women who hold our pipes in trust until they pass on into the trust of the next pipeman or woman.