Every year over the Christmas/New Years break, my wife's family gets together in North Carolina for a family model rocket launch. It is a tradition that started almost 20 years ago and we have been doing it every year since. It was started 19 years ago by my three brothers-in-law and has carried on since. Everybody builds a model rocket and we launch them off. The kids chase them down as they return to earth and we cut up about whose rockets worked and whose were epic failures. Remarkably, over the years we have only had one injury when one of the nephews got his calf impaled by a wayward rocket.... Every year a different grand child or now, great grandchild, makes a drawing that is put on a shirt for all to wear. It is a much anticipated event, especially by the kids.
Last year, I was smoking one of my restored e-bay pipes and my wife's cousin was commenting on how nice it was and was amazed that I could bring an old nasty pipe back to life. He was a pipe smoker years ago, but had gotten rid of all his pipes and had just started smoking again. I showed him the kind of pipes that I was getting on ebay, and he saw one that he thought was pretty cool, an old Master Craft billiard that someone had obviously loved so much that he had chewed the button off of it. Unbeknownst to him, when I got home, I decided to bid on it, won the auction, (about 12 bucks) and decided to clean it up and restore it for him. I gave it to him with a good supply of different tobaccos Saturday. He was tickled. Here it is Before:
Nice job on the resto, I can't see any reason at all why the cousin shouldn't be proud of that pipe. I think it's beautiful
It really is a great smoker too, Jack. Before I did any serious work on it, I cleaned it up and smoked it a couple of times. I removed the stinger and it smokes like a charm. If I had kept it it would have definitely gone into my rotation. I think he's real going to enjoy it.
My cousin worked for Estes for several years out of Penrose Co.... I never did rockets, but repurposed the engines for nefarious activities. You guys tapped into a cool tradition, one worth copying!
As for the pipe... a pretty badass job at restoration!
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