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Isagar

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PostSubject: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:06 am

I just recently bought a nice estate pipe from ebay that requires a good bit of refurbishing (inside and out).

I have researched a few places such as Starfire pipe works, Walkers pipe repair etc.

Does anyone have any experience with those? Or perhaps got one that they can personally recommend?
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SpeedyPete



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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:59 am

Walker is your man cheers 
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Isagar

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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:03 am

SpeedyPete wrote:
Walker is your man cheers 
Have you sent any pipes to them for cleaning before?
I'm really curious about their 'ozone' machine.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:17 am

I've used 3 different pipe repairmen to date. Mike @ Walker gets my nod hands down, beautiful work and reasonable turnaround times.

Never tried their ozone treatment though
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:27 am

Isagar wrote:
SpeedyPete wrote:
Walker is your man cheers 
Have you sent any pipes to them for cleaning before?
I'm really curious about their 'ozone' machine.
No, I've never done that but I've bought a couple of pipes from Mike which he's refurbished. Good as new. Lots of the BoB deal with him and all of them are happy. Never heard one complaining about bad service.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:14 am

Yep, one more vote for Walker. I have sent two pipes in since Mike took over the helm, couldn't be happier.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:43 am

I've used Floyd Norwood as well, also excellent work. He's a good bit faster than most of the others, from my experience and what I've read of others.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:04 pm

Mike @ Walker gets my vote as well, though his current turn around is about 6 weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:11 pm

I've used Walker for ALL my bit work for almost a decade now and have to say they are one of if not THE BEST !! I have not had a pipe that needed their "Ozone" treatment, I only own two estate pipes, so I can't speak to that part of your question, but from my limited experience I would NOT hesitate to send a pipe to 'em for it! Razz 
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:32 am

A quick question for the folks that have used Walker - Does Mike do custom stems? I am looking to have a Peterson 338 of mine refitted with a fishtail. I know I could send it to Peterson, but at that rate I might as well sell it and buy another sans P-lip
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:46 am

We know "a guy" already! He's right under your nose.......lol! 

http://www.precisionpiperepair.com/
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:57 am

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
A quick question for the folks that have used Walker - Does Mike do custom stems? I am looking to have a Peterson 338 of mine refitted with a fishtail. I know I could send it to Peterson, but at that rate I might as well sell it and buy another sans P-lip
HE does ALL kinds of bit work! OEM to custom. I've had several P-lips replaced with fishtail by Walker. They do BIT work !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
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Isagar

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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:08 pm

Thanks for all the insightful replies guys.

I guess I'll try Norwood first seeing as they got less than a week turnaround time compared to Mike's 6 weeks.

PS. Is the gentleman photo on http://www.norwoodspiperepair.com/ Mr.Norwood himself?
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:15 pm

Isagar wrote:
SpeedyPete wrote:
Walker is your man cheers 
Have you sent any pipes to them for cleaning before?
I'm really curious about their 'ozone' machine.
I had a real stubborn Lakeland ghost from an estate. Sent it to Walker and he had it in his ozone contraption for a week.

Got it back and it was about 90% gone. Still can taste some of it at the last few puffs of the bowl.

Lakelands are very stubborn, but I'm dedicated to smoking the ghost out as I really like the pipe.

HTH


Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:56 pm

Isagar wrote:

I guess I'll try Norwood first seeing as they got less than a week turnaround time compared to Mike's 6 weeks.
I have had Norwood do one stem. Turnaround was pretty snappy. I am pretty sure I sent it off and had it back in a week. I was very pleased with the work.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:12 pm

monbla256 wrote:
HE does ALL kinds of bit work! OEM to custom. I've had several P-lips replaced with fishtail by Walker. They do BIT work !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
Cool. So he uses the existing stem I take it? That would be great.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:28 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
monbla256 wrote:
HE does ALL kinds of bit work! OEM to custom. I've had several P-lips replaced with fishtail by Walker. They do BIT work !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
Cool. So he uses the existing stem I take it? That would be great.
When I've had my P-Lips replaced with wide fishtails, he makes a NEW bit to fit and sends the OEM bit back with the pipe with the new bit fitted. I'm not picky about whether it has a 'P' on it as that part wouldn't go in my mouth anyway !! Twisted Evil 
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:22 pm

Isagar wrote:
PS. Is the gentleman photo on (link to Norwood's home page) Mr.Norwood himself?
If Mr. Norwood is a male model, then yes, that might be him.
If mr. Norwood repairs pipes for a living, then, no, that is not him.

(honest answer: That is a stock photo, not Mr. Norwood)

I have two pipes with Mike at Walker's, I'll report back when they arrive home in mid-December.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:38 am

I've used Mike at Walkers many times. Excellent work but as others mentioned there is about a six week turn around. You can check on their work load any time by visiting their web site and going to- Pipe Repairs-Repair schedule.
I always get the ozone treatment on estates. It's only $5 and well worth the minimal cost.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:12 pm

DrumsAndBeer wrote:
monbla256 wrote:
HE does ALL kinds of bit work! OEM to custom. I've had several P-lips replaced with fishtail by Walker. They do BIT work !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
Cool. So he uses the existing stem I take it? That would be great.
Not that, that couldn't be done but I must assume that they change the bit for a fishtail type. Much less work involved.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:22 pm

Cartaphilus wrote:
DrumsAndBeer wrote:
monbla256 wrote:
HE does ALL kinds of bit work! OEM to custom. I've had several P-lips replaced with fishtail by Walker. They do BIT work !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil 
Cool. So he uses the existing stem I take it? That would be great.
Not that, that couldn't be done but I must assume that they change the bit for a fishtail type. Much less work involved.
Hey Drums. Have you looked over at smokingpipes? They carry replacement Peterson stems in fishtail and p-lip. Looks like they carry the animal you're after but are currently sold out. You might want to see when they expect more in.
http://www.smokingpipes.com/accessories/pipe-supplies/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=125561
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:08 pm

Trifecta13 wrote:
Hey Drums. Have you looked over at smokingpipes? They carry replacement Peterson stems in fishtail and p-lip. Looks like they carry the animal you're after but are currently sold out. You might want to see when they expect more in.
http://www.smokingpipes.com/accessories/pipe-supplies/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=125561
Thank for the link. The stem I am looking to have replaced is not on a system pipe but rather a midgrade 338 shape. I did however recently replace a P-lip on a System 314 with an aftermarket fishtail that I bought from 4noggins. They're right when they say that the taper is a bit different. The fishtail fits but not quite as well as the original P-lip. It's still very much functional though.
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:30 am

George Dibos. I haven't had any contact with him for a couple years, and not sure where he is living now. He is a real craftsman. I think someone else previously posted a link to him at precisionpiperepair.
Mike
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:53 am

hagley wrote:
George Dibos.  I haven't had any contact with him for a couple years, and not sure where he is living now.  He is a real craftsman.  I think someone else previously posted a link to him at precisionpiperepair.
Mike
Like Bob Davidson, George has suffered some major issues. He's living around KC. I've spoken to him at at three pipes shows this year but I was talking to a guy in Vegas and he reported that George will not return calls or emails and has his pipe sent to him when he was staying in ND. All the guy wants is his pipes back. Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Can anyone recommend a good pipe refurbisher?   Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:15 am

daveinlax wrote:
hagley wrote:
George Dibos.  I haven't had any contact with him for a couple years, and not sure where he is living now.  He is a real craftsman.  I think someone else previously posted a link to him at precisionpiperepair.
Mike
Like Bob Davidson, George has suffered some major issues. He's living around KC. I've spoken to him at at three pipes shows this year but I was talking to a guy in Vegas and he reported that George will not return calls or emails and has his pipe sent to him when he was staying in ND. All the guy wants is his pipes back. Shocked 
That is puzzling. I know he does fine work, but not aware of the issues you mention. I wish George well, and hope the fellow you mentioned gets his pipes back.
Mike
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