Daily Archives: March 19, 2022

A Mystery Poker/Cherrywood with the initials BW stamped on the left side of the shank


Blog by Steve Laug

This interesting pipe with a very simple and blurry BW stamp on the left side of the shank came to us from an online auction on in February, 2021 in Upland, California, USA. It is a mystery in that there is no record of who “BW” was or where he lived and carved. The pipe has some amazing grain around the bowl and shank. There was some darkening on the inner edge of the bowl and a stain mark on the left side near the top. The bowl had a moderate cake in the bowl with a light lava overflow on the back side of the edge and rim. The stem was oxidized and had light tooth marks and chatter on both sides near the button. Jeff took photos of the pipe before he started the clean up work on it.He took photos of the rim top and bowl to show the condition of the bowl and rim. The rim top looked amazingly good under the grime with some amazing birds eye. You can also see the cake in the bowl. And the lava on back edge of the rim. He took photos of the stem surface to show the oxidation and the tooth chatter and marks on both sides ahead of the button. He took photos of the sides and heel of the bowl. The grain is really quite stunning and really stands out. Once it is cleaned up and polished it should really sing. He took a close up of the oil stain on the left side of the bowl near the rim top. Jeff was able to capture the stamping on the shank side. It appears to read BW but we cannot be certain. Perhaps someone reading this recognizes the stamp and can let us know.This pipe was better condition than many of the pipes we work on. I was curious to see what it would look like when I unpacked it. I was surprised at how good the bowl looked. Jeff reamed it with a PipNet pipe reamer and cleaned up the reaming with a Savinelli Fitsall Pipe Knife. He scrubbed out the internals of the shank and stem with alcohol, pipe cleaners and cotton swabs until the pipe was clean. He scrubbed the exterior of the bowl with Murphy’s Oil Soap and a tooth brush to remove the grime and grit on the briar and the light lava on the rim top. The staini mark on the side of the bowl looked better. The finish on the bowl looked really good when I got it. The rim top looked very good. The edges looked good as well. He scrubbed the stem with Soft Scrub and the let it soak in Before & After Pipe Stem Deoxidizer. He rinsed it off and cleaned out the internals. The surface of the stem was clean and the tooth marks were light and less visible. I took photos of the pipe before I started my work on it.  I took photos of the condition of the rim top and stem before I started working. The rim top looks very good and the bowl is spotless. The stem is clean and the light tooth chatter is very visible in the photos. I took a photo of the stamping on the left side of the shank. It looks like BW but is slightly overstamped. I took the bowl and stem apart and took a photo of the pipe to show the look of the pipe. The polished the briar with micromesh sanding pads – dry sanding with 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the briar down with a damp cloth after each sanding pad.I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the finish of the bowl, rim top and shank with my fingertips to clean, enliven and protect it. I find that the balm really makes the briar come alive again. The contrasts in the layers of stain and the separate finishes really made the grain stand out. I let the balm sit for 10 minutes and then buffed with a cotton cloth to raise the shine. The bowl really looks good at this point. I polished the stem with micromesh sanding pads – wet sanding it with 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the stem down after each pad with a cloth impregnated with Obsidian Oil. I polished it further 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 well made mystery pipe that is lightly smoked. It is a Poker or Cherrywood Sitter with a slope on the front can be yours today. It is a well made pipe with a tall bowl and a great finish. The rim top is smooth and the inner edge is lightly beveled. The finish is a quite attractive around the bowl. The grain is straight around the sides of the bowl and shank and birdseye on the rim top and base. The left side of the shank is stamped BW or FW and no other stamping. The pipe looks great, feels great in the hand and should smoke very well. The contrast between the polished black vulcanite stem and the brown finished bowl works well together. This pipe is ready for you to load with a favourite tobacco and make it yours. The dimensions of the pipe are Length: 6 inches, Height: 1 3/4 inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 1/2 inches, Chamber diameter: 7/8 of an inch. The weight of the pipe is 46 grams/1.62 ounces. This well made, moderately priced pipe might be one to add to your collection.

Restoring a Beautifully Grained Bari Squash 7315M Bent Apple


Blog by Steve Laug

The next pipe on the work table was purchased off EBay on January 8, 2017 from Sheridan, Arkansas, USA. It has been sitting here for 5 years. Jeff took photos the week after we purchased it. Now I am finally getting a chance to work on it. The pipe is a classic Danish looking Bent Apple shape with a smooth brown finish with highlights of red. The pipe was dirty and worn looking. On the left side of the shank it is stamped with Bari [over] Squash. On the right side it was stamped Made In Denmark [over] the shape number 7315. The mix of stains makes the grain stand out even with the grime ground into the finish. There was a thick cake in the bowl and a light overflow of lava on the rim top. The edges look to be in good condition as far as we can tell until we clean up the pipe. The stem was heavily oxidized, calcified and there was light tooth chatter and marks on both sides near the button. The white Bari stamp on the left side of the stem was faded. Jeff took photos of the pipe before he started working on it. I include those below. Jeff took photos of the bowl and rim top to show the cake in the bowl and the condition of both. It was heavily caked with a light lava overflow on the rim top. The inner and outer edges look very good. He took photos of the top and underside of the stem showing the oxidation and tooth marks on the stem surface and button.  In person the tooth marks are far deeper than they look in the photos.      He took some photos of the bowl side and heel to show the grain around the bowl and shank. It is a real beauty. Jeff took two photos to capture the stamping on the sides of the shank. It is clear and readable as noted above.   I turned to Pipephil’s site (http://www.pipephil.eu/logos/en/logo-b1.html) to see if I could find a listing for the Bari Squash with this four digit number. There was nothing specifically listed for this line of Bari pipes. There was also good info on the brand as a whole and that it was founded by Viggo Nielsen in 1950 and he ran it until 1978 when Age Bogelund managed the production for them. In 1993 it was sold to Helmer Thomsen. Pipedia gives a great history of the brand (https://pipedia.org/wiki/Bari) that is well worth reading. There were also examples of the Bari pipes showing their stamping.

This pipe was a bit of a mess like many of the pipes we work on. I was curious to see what it would look like when I unpacked it. I was surprised at how good the bowl looked. Jeff reamed it with a PipNet pipe reamer and cleaned up the reaming with a Savinelli Fitsall Pipe Knife. He scrubbed out the internals of the shank and stem with alcohol, pipe cleaners and cotton swabs until the pipe was clean. He scrubbed the exterior of the bowl with Murphy’s Oil Soap and a tooth brush to remove the grime and grit on the briar and the lava on the rim top. The finish on the bowl looked really good when I got it. The rim top looked very good. The edges looked good as well. This pipe was purchased before we used Before & After Pipe Stem Deoxidizer so while it was clean it was also still very oxidized. The surface of the stem was clean and the tooth marks were light and less visible. When the pipe arrived here in Vancouver for the second stop of its restoration tour it looked much better than when he found it. I took photos of the pipe before I started my work on it.  I took photos of the condition of the rim top and stem before I started working. The rim top looks very good and the bowl is spotless. The stem is heavily oxidized and the light tooth chatter is very visible in the photos. I took photos of the stamping on the sides of the shank. The BARI SQUASH stamp and the Made in Denmark and shape 7315M are very clear. I took the bowl and stem apart and took a photo of the pipe to show the look of the pipe. The polished the briar with micromesh sanding pads – dry sanding with 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the briar down with a damp cloth after each sanding pad. I worked some Before & After Restoration Balm into the finish of the bowl, rim top and shank with my fingertips to clean, enliven and protect it. I find that the balm really makes the briar come alive again. The contrasts in the layers of stain and the separate finishes really made the grain stand out. I let the balm sit for 10 minutes and then buffed with a cotton cloth to raise the shine. The bowl really looks good at this point. I scrubbed the oxidation on the stem with Soft Scrub cleanser an was able to remove most of it.  I sanded the remaining oxidation on the stem near the button with 220 sandpaper. I started polishing with 400 grit wet dry sandpaper.   I touched up the Bari stamp on the left side of the stem with white acrylic fingernail polish. I let it dry and sanded it with 1500 micromesh sanding pads to remove the excess. It looks better though some of the stamping is faint on the edges.   I polished the stem with micromesh sanding pads – wet sanding it with 1500-12000 grit pads. I wiped the stem down after each pad with a cloth impregnated with Obsidian Oil. I polished it further 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.    Once again I am the part of the restoration that I always look forward to – the moment when all the pieces are put back together. I put the pipe back together and lightly buffed the bowl and the stem with Blue Diamond. I gave the bowl and the stem multiple coats of carnauba wax. I buffed the pipe with a clean buffing pad to raise the shine. I hand buffed it with a microfiber cloth to deepen the shine. It is fun to see what the polished bowl looks like with the smooth finish and the black vulcanite stem. This richly stained Bari Squash Sandblast 7315 Bent Apple is light weight and ready for you to load up a tobacco of preference and enjoy breaking it in for yourself. Have a look at it in the photos below. The dimensions are Length: 5 inches, Height: 1 ½ inches, Outside diameter of the bowl: 1 inch, Chamber diameter: ¾ of an inch. The weight of the pipe is 36grams/1.31oz. This is one that will go on the Danish Pipemakers section of the rebornpipes online store shortly. Thanks to each of you who are reading this blog. Remember 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 generation.