Anyone that knows me and my pipe smoking affinities knows that I have a warm affection for the good Dr. Grabow’s ability to deliver a straightforward smoking experience. I don’t often get the chance to work with one though. So, it was a treat when this Grand Duke came across the bench.
There are certain rules that have to be followed when dealing with highly collectible pipes and rarities. Those rules don’t necessarily apply to a pipe that has a value defined by something other than collectibility. Of course, you still want to stick as close as possible to the intention of the maker, but it’s liberating to be able to take off the cotton gloves, get in knuckle deep and do whatever is going to serve the pipe the best in the final result.
For example, parts of the damaged rim here were rebuilt using a color-matched resin. That’s not a technique that I would typically use on a higher priced pipe because there’s a chance that it would adversely affect its value as a collectible. In this case, however, it kept me from having to choose between noticeably altering the shape of the pipe (albeit only to eagle eyes) through topping or leaving very evident damage behind. Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results.
Post by lonecoyote on Oct 31, 2018 15:58:39 GMT -5
Anthony, I’ve followed your restorations for a number of years, I know what your abilities are, this is yet another fine example of your exemplary craftsmanship. I’m always amazed whenever I see one of your restorations, simply amazing👌👍👍👍
“Nowhere in the world will such a brotherly feeling of confidence be experienced as amongst those who sit together smoking their pipes.” – The Results and Merits of Tobacco, 1844, Doctor Barnstein
Your eye for detail is second to none. When looking at before/after pics, my eye is always drawn to the stem shank connection. And this one is seamless. Well done on the chamber repair.
Thanks, Dave. Those little details, like an unbroken line from stem to shank, make for a better looking pipe overall. Regarding the chamber, the inner rim was handled with just a bit of careful and creative shaping with a fine grit. Only the outer edges of the rim have been rebuilt.