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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:26 pm

I have a bit of an ulterior motive for showing off this pipe. Before I get that though, let me introduce you...

This Italian-made, Wally Frank bullmoose was obviously well-loved by someone. They weren't content with building cake in the bowl and decided to build a fair amount on the rim as well. If a little cake is good, then a lot of cake is even better, right? Aside from being a filthy, little beast, it was riddled with faded fills that the rustication pattern barely covered, the rim had a sizeable chip above the bead line on the front (possibly another fill), the shank face was chipped, and the stem was tooth-marked.

Speaking of the stem, it had oxidized in a way that I had never seen before. Rather than turning the yellowish/brownish/reddish color that I'm used to, it remained black. However, the surface was pitted and it was rough and chalky to the touch.

Here's the pipe before the work:




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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:27 pm

While working with the stem, I think that I discovered the reason for the weird oxidation. After removing the deteriorated surface, I could see that the stem was flecked with tiny metal particles. From what I've learned in working with these old pipes, that means that the rubber that was used was probably produced during the war years when they would grind up tires, studs and all, to be recycled into new rubber. I've worked with a few of these before, but never one with this much metal. It's almost like a metal-flake paint job and the stem has a bit of a rubbery wet-look to it.

I stuck closely to the original color when restaining, but punched it up a bit to accent the grain. I really like how this one turned out. It appears to have almost a warm glow from within.

Here's the finished pipe:






Now, here's where we get to my ulterior motive. This pipe is not mine, but I very much wish that it were. I can't really tell you what it was about it, but I fell in love with it and I was a little heartbroken to have to send it home again. So, now I'm on the hunt for one of my own. I know that Tom Howard also made some of a very similar design and I would be just as pleased with one of those. So, if you know where one is or run across one in the future, I would appreciate it if you would let me know about it.
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Dutch

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:07 pm

Fantastic resto job Piffyr! cheers cheers cheers

I happen to have a very similar pipe in my collection, but I can't recall offhand the maker. Seems like mine is a Weber, but I could be mistaken since I have around 240 pipes now. Next time I go home, I will see if I can find it, and let you know exactly the nomenclature and dimensions.
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Richard Burley

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:31 pm

You ruined it. That pipe was owned by a REAL pipe smoker, not some dilettante with pinky finger extended like we have so many of on this here forum thing. It had character; now the owner is going to have to break it in all over again, subject it to abuse, and generally not give a flying dang about the pipe. Hope the current owner has learned his lesson.

Seriously, now: stunning, as usual--or maybe even more than usual. I don't think this shape is hard to find. For example, here's one on eBay that caught my eye for some reason, although the asking price is too much IMO.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Weber-The-Scoop-Imported-Briar-Pipe-5-1-2-Long-/321732170903?hash=item4ae8bb5497:g:2HoAAOSwBahVC408
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riff raff

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:38 pm

Wow, fantastic work, all the way around. But I'm particularly impressed with the bead repair, which is invisible!

I think that you are correct about the issues with the rubber. I once worked on a British-made Willmer and after cleaning the stem, there was a tiny nub of rubber sticking out of it! I've since read they had to use lower-grade vulcanite at times.


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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:10 pm

Dutch wrote:
I happen to have a very similar pipe in my collection, but I can't recall offhand the maker. Seems like mine is a Weber, but I could be mistaken since I have around 240 pipes now. Next time I go home, I will see if I can find it, and let you know exactly the nomenclature and dimensions.
Thanks, Dutch. I would appreciate that. I really wish that I had taken measurements when I had it in my possession. I meant to but I got wrapped up in the work, and then it was gone. Sad

Richard Burley wrote:
I don't think this shape is hard to find. For example, here's one on eBay that caught my eye for some reason, although the asking price is too much IMO.
Thanks, Richard. It's not just the shape that's blowing my skirt up, but the finish as well; the smoother the better. A bullmoose without a billion birds staring at you from the rim kind of misses the point of the shape, in my opinion. There's a Tom Howard on eBay right now that's are very close, but with a rim that's more flat. I admit that I'm tempted, but at $60 shipped it's more than I can justifiably go since the Christmas elves have been pickpocketing me all month long.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301830764704
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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:19 pm

riff raff wrote:
Wow, fantastic work, all the way around.  But I'm particularly impressed with the bead repair, which is invisible!
Thank you, Al, the rustication around the damage really helped. It almost paid to be a little sloppy.
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Fazby



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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:59 pm

I like the shape and have a few rhodesians and authors. None of them have the saddle stem though, Those are only on my bulldogs.

Nice pipe and great restoration.
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:31 pm

That's very impressive Piffyr. Given what it looked like before you made it look brand spanking new!

Cool 


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RR
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:26 pm

That surely isn't the same pipe?!!! I don't think I've ever seen such a transformation on the BoB! That is truly impressive work, and on such an interesting pipe too. I'm liking it. Lots! I can see why you're after one for yourself. Good luck on your quest!
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:29 pm

OMG....

Nicely done Sir!


Just wow.........
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:31 pm

superb work!.. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:43 pm

Looks like we have a wealth of competent and highly qualified pipesmiths here on BoB. And Piffyr has clearly established himself as one of those!

Cool



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RR
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:02 am

Another total stunner. Sick! As the youngsters say, intending a very high compliment.
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:35 am

Brewdude wrote:
Looks like we have a wealth of competent and highly qualified pipesmiths here on BoB. And Piffyr has clearly established himself as one of those!

Cool
Cheers,

RR

I echo his sentiment. cheers
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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:11 am

Brewdude wrote:
Looks like we have a wealth of competent and highly qualified pipesmiths here on BoB. And Piffyr has clearly established himself as one of those!
Thanks for the kind words, Brewdude, and to the rest of you gents as well. I'm no pipesmith though. Just a guy that likes to practice a bit of clumsy necromancy in his free time.
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:38 am

riff raff wrote:
I once worked on a British-made Willmer and after cleaning the stem, there was a tiny nub of rubber sticking out of it!
This sentence just now hit home (forgive me -- I'm slow sometimes). You mean that there was a bit of unshredded rubber poking out of the stem material? Wow! That's hilarious! Now, the question is; did you remove for aesthetic reasons or did you leave it as part of the personality of the pipe?
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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:31 pm

Piffyr wrote:
Brewdude wrote:
Looks like we have a wealth of competent and highly qualified pipesmiths here on BoB. And Piffyr has clearly established himself as one of those!
Thanks for the kind words, Brewdude, and to the rest of you gents as well. I'm no pipesmith though. Just a guy that likes to practice a bit of clumsy necromancy in his free time.


You sell yourself short brother. From what you've shown us here you are well qualified to call yourself a pipesmith!

sunny



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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:09 pm

Piffyr wrote:
riff raff wrote:
I once worked on a British-made Willmer and after cleaning the stem, there was a tiny nub of rubber sticking out of it!
This sentence just now hit home (forgive me -- I'm slow sometimes). You mean that there was a bit of unshredded rubber poking out of the stem material? Wow! That's hilarious! Now, the question is; did you remove for aesthetic reasons or did you leave it as part of the personality of the pipe?

I couldn't quite remove it, so it is still there! (member herbindave's pipe)
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Piffyr

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PostSubject: Re: Wally Frank Bullmoose Restoration   Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:56 pm

riff raff wrote:
I couldn't quite remove it, so it is still there! (member herbindave's pipe)
The pipe is better for it I'd say. That's something you don't see every day.
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