Kaywoodie Yacht (Shape 35) – 1936?

By Al Jones

This Kaywoodie caught my eye as I didn’t recall seeing the Shape 35 previously.  It looked like a Churchwarden, and similar to the more common Shape 95.  I didn’t find much on the Shape 35.  Pipepedia shows alternately, that it is listed in the 1927 catalog, then elsewhere shows it was in the 1936 catalog.  I found no picture of the shape in any catalog, only the reference to the shape number.  This pipe clearly has the Yacht bowl.  Apparently there was also a 35L.  Was “In Between” a reference to a shape slightly smaller than the 95 Churchwarden?  By the 1940’s, the is no longer shown in catalogs.

Dating this pipe was made more difficult because the stinger has been cut off.    This was good and bad news.  Good in the fact that my Shape 95 had the original 4-hole stinger but the draft was very tight and it did not smoke well.  I always wondered how it would smoke without the stinger.   I found the long, Shape 95 awkward to smoke, so I’m curious to see how this one fits my style.

The pipe was in relatively good condition, given its age.  Like most longer pipes, there was some scorching on the bowl top.  The stem was over clocked, but otherwise in good shape.   The nomenclature was as new.

The first order of business was to re-orient the stem.  I used a heat gun to warm the aluminum singer end, which softened the glue into the stem.  It has a very fine thread, so care is needed.  I removed the stinger, and after determine the proper orientation, re-glued it with wood glue.

I used micromesh to remove the bowl top scorching.  There were a few minor dings around the bowl, I used a wet cloth and electric iron to steam them out.

I removed the heavy oxidation on the stem with 400>800>1500 and 2000 grade wet sandpaper, followed by 8000 and 12000 grade micromesh.  The stem was then buffed with White Diamond and Meguiars Plastic polish.

The bowl had a very slight cake, but even my smallest reamer wouldn’t fit.  I used a piece of 320 grit paper on the end of a marker cap to remove the very slight cake.  The bowl was then soaked with alcohol and sea salt.  The bowl was then carefully buffed with White Diamond and Carnuba wax.

Below is the finished pipe.


8 thoughts on “Kaywoodie Yacht (Shape 35) – 1936?

  1. plasticmask

    Please consider this my “letting you know”. 🙂 I don’t care if I have to save for months, I am interested. The pipe was interesting and pretty before it’s restoration, however now it is incredible and beautiful and YES SIR I am interested, yes. 🙂

    1. upshallfan Post author

      Understood. I’ll probably move it, but I think mailing something is going to be a bit risky for the near future. Lets get thru this mess, and see what happens! When I decide times are right, you’ll get first dibs.

    2. upshallfan Post author

      Were you still interested in this pipe? I did end up selling it, to a PipesMagazine.com member. He never smoked it and now was looking to sell it and remembered your comment. If you are interested, I can put you in touch with him.

  2. plasticmask

    So what shall you be doing with this incredible beauty, Sir? Selling it? Donating it for sale? Auctioning it? Keeping it for your own appallingly vast collection? 🙂 Your fans MUST KNOW!!


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