Daily Archives: November 21, 2021

Another Unsmoked Hand Made Mystery Pipe – A Rusticated Panel Pot


Blog by Steve Laug

The next pipe on the table was one of a pair of unsmoked Mystery Pipes. The first was an unsmoked Poker or Cherrywood with a stamped MV, VM or NN logo on the bowl bottom that I cannot interpret. No one seems to be able to identify the maker. When Jeff and I picked this one up it was one of two pipes in a batch of pipes we bought from am online auction in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA in March of 2019. It has taken a while for me to work on these. The one pictured below is for sale in the American Pipe Makers section of the rebornpipes store if you want to see a few more photos of it.This second pipe from the pair is a rusticated Panel Pot that is quite nice. It too is unsmoked and it is stamped with the same logo but this time on a smooth panel on the left side of the shank. It is as well made as the previous one. The pipe has a very tight almost cut glass-like rustication that has been stained in dark brown that complements and contrasts with the light brown on the smooth left shank and the band around the other three sides of the shank. The finish was dusty and dirty but other than that it was a clean unsmoked pipe. The bowl and rim looked good and the stem was flawless polished vulcanite that is deceptively shiny. Jeff took photos of the pipe before he cleaned it up. Jeff took photos of the bowl and rim top to show the new condition of the pipe. He also took photos of the stem showing what it looked like on both sides from the shank to the button. It was very clean. The top side had some light oxidation but no marks.The finish on the sides of the bowl and shank is deeply rusticated with a very tight pattern that makes it like cut glass (but not sharp). It is quite pretty.The next photo shows the mysterious seemingly unidentifiable makers mark. Is it an “NN”, an “NV”,  “MV”, “AW”? I am not sure and it seems I have found no one else who knows the mark. Do you? Leave a comment in the box at the bottom of the blog and fill us all in on your thoughts. Thanks.Jeff had done a great job cleaning up the pipe, scrubbing the interior of the shank and stem to remove the dust and debris of time using pipe cleaners and alcohol. He scrubbed the exterior of the pipe with Murphy’s Oil Soap and a tooth brush to remove the dust from the rusticated finish. He scrubbed the exterior of the stem with Soft Scrub and then soaked it in Before & After Deoxidizer. He washed it off with warm water to remove the Deoxidizer. The pipe looked good when it arrived. I took some photos of it before I did my part of the restoration. I took some close up photos of the rim top and also of the stem surface. I wanted to show how well it had cleaned up. The rim top photo looks good and the bowl clean and ready to be smoked. I also took close up photos of the stem to show how clean it looked. There was still a light oxidation on the top side but otherwise it was in good condition.I took a photo of the stamping on the left side of the shank. Any ideas?I removed the stem from the shank and took a photos of the parts. It is a nice looking pipe.The pipe was virtually new so I started my restoration with a simple first step. I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the surface of the briar with my fingertips and a horsehair shoe brush to clean, enliven and protect the briar. I let the balm sit for 15 minutes and then buffed with a cotton cloth to raise the shine. The photos show the bowl at this point in the restoration process. I wanted to give some idea of how the shank, though it appeared to be square, was not. It was wider on the left and the top than the bottom. The tenon had some different looking turning marks on it that I would need to smooth out. It is definitely a hand made pipe not machine made.I set the bowl aside and 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 gave it a final coat of Obsidian Oil and set it aside to dry. This Hand Made Rusticated Panel Pot  turned out to be a great looking pipe. The rusticated dark brown finish on the briar is beautiful and the nooks and crannies have taken on depth that is quite stunning around the bowl and shank. I put the pipe back together and buffed it lightly with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I gave the bowl multiple coats of Conservator’s Wax and the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the pipe with a clean buffing pad to raise the shine and hand buffed it with a microfibre cloth to deepen the shine. It is fun to see what the polished bowl looks like with the polished black vulcanite stem. This classic looking No Name Panel Pot feels great in my hand. It is light and well balanced. Have a look at it with the photos below. The dimensions are Length: 5 ½ inches, Height: 1 ½ inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 ¼ x 1 3/8 inches, Chamber diameter: ¾ of an inch. The weight of the pipe is 35 grams/1.23 oz. It is a beautiful pipe and one that I will be putting in the rebornpipes store in the American Pipe Makers section with the Cherrywood Mate. Thanks for walking through the restoration with me as I worked over this pipe. Thanks to each of you who are reading this blog.

Replacing a Broken Tenon on a L’Anatra dalle Uova d’ Oro 2 Egg Bent Egg


 

Blog by Steve Laug

Last week I received a call from a local Vancouver realtor who had gotten my phone number from the pipe shop here. He had a pipe that he said needed a stem replacement and wanted to know if I could do that for him. I have learned to ask what he meant about needing a stem replacement. I had him send me photos of the pipe so I could see what it needed. It was a L’anatra bent egg shape with a silver ferrule. In the first photo you can see the tenon snapped off in the shank. I talked with the fellow a bit and we decided to do a tenon replacement. He was keen to keep the Duck head on the stem so this seemed the best solution for him. I told him to drop the pipe off at the house so I could work on it. I have included the photos that he sent me so you could see what I was going to deal with. With the oval shank L’Anatra tenon replaced I turned my attention to the original one that he had called me about. It too had the tenon snapped off in the shank. It was stamped on the left side of the shank and read L’Anatra [over] dalle Uova d’ Oro [over] 2 Eggs for the Grade of smooth pipe that it was. Underneath that it was stamped Hand Made in Italy. It had some beautiful grain around the bowl and shank. It was a little dirty with some debris and darkening on the beveled inner edge of the bowl. It had been smoked significantly more than the previous pipe. It had a screen in the bowl to help with what I assume was wet smoking but I did not know for sure. I left it in the bowl. It looked like he had dropped it as well but there were no dents in the finish. The stem was in good condition with some chatter on both side ahead of the button but nothing to deep. Once the tenon was replaced it would be a quick clean up and polish before I gave it back to him. I took some photos of the bowl and stem when I received it to show what a great looking pipe it was. I took photos of the rim top to show the condition of the bowl and the darkening on the back inner edge of the rim. I also took photos of the stem to show the tooth chatter on both sides at the button. I rotated the bowl and took photos of the stamping on the left and underside of the shank. It was clear and readable as noted above.I decided to start my work on the pipes by pulling the tenon on both pipes. That way I could proceed on them both from the same starting place. The broken tenon was firmly stuck in the shank so I put the bowl in the freezer while I had a coffee. When I finished the coffee I tried to pull the tenon again with the screw and it came out very easily. I went through my tenons and found a threaded one that would fit the shank with a few minor adjustments. I used a Dremel and sanding drum to remove the should ahead of the threads and to reduce the diameter slightly to fit the shank. I also used the Dremel and sanding drum to remove the fragments of the broken tenon on the stem face. I put the tenon in the shank and took some photos of the fit. It was looking very good. Now it was time to work on replacing the broken tenon. I drilled out the face of the stem with a cordless drill and a bit roughly the size of the airway in the stem. I find that this helps to center the drilling. I worked my way through drill bits up to 15/64s which is approximately the size of the threaded portion of the tenon.I flattened out the threads with the Dremel and sanding drum until the fit in the new opening on the stem was snug. I fit a pipe cleaner in the stem and then coated the threaded tenon end with black CA glue and turned it into the stem. I set it aside to let the glue harden. Once it had I removed the pipe cleaner and took some photos of the pipe with the stem. While the glue cured on the new tenon I turned my attention to the bowl. I polished the briar with micromesh sanding pads – dry sanding with 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the bowl down after each pad with a damp cloth. I worked over the darkening on the rim top at the same time. It looked much better. I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the surface of the briar with my fingertips to clean, enliven and protect the briar. I let the balm sit for 15 minutes and then buffed with a cotton cloth to raise the shine. The photos show the bowl at this point in the restoration process. I set the bowl aside and turned my attention to the stem. It was in such great condition that I polished it 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 finished it with a final coat of Obsidian Oil. This L’Anatra dalle Uova d’ Oro 2 Egg Grade Bent Egg turned out to be a more beautiful pipe than I had expected once I had replaced the tenon. The finish on the briar is beautiful and the grain is quite stunning around the bowl and shank. I put the pipe back together and buffed it lightly with Blue Diamond on the buffing wheel. I gave the bowl and the acrylic stem multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the pipe with a clean buffing pad to raise the shine and hand buffed it with a microfibre cloth to deepen the shine. It is fun to see what the polished bowl looks like with the polished black vulcanite stem. This classic looking L’Anatra dalle Uova d’ Oro Bent Egg feels great in my hand. It is light and well balanced. Have a look at it with the photos below. The dimensions are Length: 5 ½ inches, Height: 2 inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 ¼ inches, Chamber diameter: ¾ of an inch. The weight of the pipe is 54 grams/1.90 oz. It is a beautiful pipe and another one that will be heading back to the Vancouver Realtor now that I have replaced a broken tenon on each of the pipes. Thanks for walking through the restoration with me as I worked over this pipe. Thanks to each of you who are reading this blog.