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MichaelM

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Age : 51
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PostSubject: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:10 am

This one was a a lot of fun.  I learned a lot on this project as I had never even held a gourd calabash before this one and I had to do quite a bit of research to figure out the best way to clean the gourd.  Honestly I was building the plane as I was flying it, but in the end I'm quite pleased with the results.
You can watch the process here if interested: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQFCU-_AnJElABvVvLT8Lhahv0jw2-_V1
Thanks for looking,
Mike.
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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:25 am

You're lucky the cap wasn't stuck! The pipe repair folks I contacted all basically said once that happens, trying to remove the cap is likely to split the gourd.
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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:48 am

DrT999 wrote:
You're lucky the cap wasn't stuck!  The pipe repair folks I contacted all basically said once that happens, trying to remove the cap is likely to split the gourd.

I put beeswax on the cork with mine because I am paranoid about this. It has stayed unstuck for 30+ years.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:52 am

That is one helluva good looking gourd Calabash, Michael!

Cool



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RR
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DrT999

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:59 am

Fr_Tom wrote:
DrT999 wrote:
You're lucky the cap wasn't stuck!  The pipe repair folks I contacted all basically said once that happens, trying to remove the cap is likely to split the gourd.

I put beeswax on the cork with mine because I am paranoid about this. It has stayed unstuck for 30+ years.

Alas, when I stopped smoking for 15 years I neglected that step when I put it away.
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huffelpuff

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:25 pm

Beeswax is fine for the cork. I personally use cork grease for the saxophone or clarinet as I have it on hand. If you want to use cork
grease it's cheap and easy to get at any music shop.

Jim
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MichaelM

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:01 pm

It actually was stuck, and I can see how trying to force it off would have ruined the gourd. When I first got the pipe I was looking it over and it and I thought it might have been glued in (I knew it was supposed to come off, but thought I might have some cheap "fake" calabash on my hands). After pushing and prodding for a bit, I tried some gentle heat from a heat gun mostly directed at the cap. That did the trick and I was able to pop it off with no harm to the gourd. Thanks for the tips on wax, I'll definitely do that now.
Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Sun Mar 06, 2016 1:49 pm

Word to the wise on cork grease.....go with the unscented variety lol
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:02 am

huffelpuff wrote:
Beeswax is fine for the cork.  I personally use cork grease for the saxophone or clarinet as I have it on hand.  If you want to use cork
grease it's cheap and easy to get at any music shop.

Jim

How often ought one to apply the beeswax or cork grease? I've recently acquired a calabash and want to care for it properly.
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:42 am

The rule I go by is if you disassemble it you should grease it. I disassemble it every time I use it. If I don't smoke it for awhile I'll still regrease it say every other month or so. Don't use lots of grease just a thin film is more than enough. YMMV

Hope this helps
Jim

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AJ

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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:48 pm

No doubt that is the most attractive gourd calabash I've ever seen. Great job! Smile

AJ
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PostSubject: Re: Restoration of a Gourd Calabash   Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:39 pm

You Certainly did a great job Mike bring that back and making it LK new again!
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