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denholrl

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PostSubject: fills   Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:33 pm

I would rather see fissures than fills. I collected Ed Burak's [i]Connoisseur[i] pipes for a lot of years. He never filled fissures or sand pits. I agree with his point of view that these elements are part of the natural wood and should not be disguised. (He also never stained his pipes.)

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PostSubject: Re: fills   Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:41 pm

denholrl wrote:
I would rather see fissures than fills.  I collected Ed Burak's [i]Connoisseur[i] pipes for a lot of years.  He never filled fissures or sand pits.  I agree with his point of view that these elements are part of the natural wood and should not be disguised.  (He also never stained his pipes.)

Rob D

Aye mate I concur. It's a natural part of the briar and are to me what beauty marks are on a beautiful woman - never to be concealed by makeup.

cyclops



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PostSubject: removing fills   Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:44 pm

I have a good pipe buddy who appreciates Peterson's Irish Seconds. When he get a shape he likes that is filled (as they all are), he picks out the putty!

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PostSubject: Re: fills   Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:37 pm

I wholeheartedly agree on the "no fills!!" Sand pits and natural fissures are fine by me. What you say?? A Peterson with a fill!! Shocked How unusual Razz Razz cheers FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: fills   Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:11 pm

That's an easy question. I've been reading this question on pipe boards since the beginning and I don't think I've ever read that someone would rather have a fill than a pit. What's harder and what's been the sore spot in the hobby has been, does a glue and sawdust "stabilization" in a small sand speck count if you can't see it? Would your answer change if you were dealing with a $400, $800 or much higher end pipe? Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: fills   Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:18 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with the position that small pits are a natural result of how Briar grows and shouldn’t be hidden.

Although, I have toyed with the idea of filling larger fissures with black Ebony dust and CA glue. This leaves a smooth surface, but doesn’t hide the flaw. It sort of makes a feature out of the flaw.

What do you guys think of this idea?

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PostSubject: Re: fills   Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:30 pm

taharris wrote:
I wholeheartedly agree with the position that small pits are a natural result of how Briar grows and shouldn’t be hidden.

Although, I have toyed with the idea of filling larger fissures with black Ebony dust and CA glue.  This leaves a smooth surface, but doesn’t hide the flaw.  It sort of makes a feature out of the flaw.

What do you guys think of this idea?


Todd

Have you a pic of this Todd?


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PostSubject: Re: fills   Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:40 pm

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Here is a quick in process of a pipe that I did a while ago.  

I did not finish the pipe as a smooth.  I was just playing around with the technique.

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PostSubject: Re: fills   Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:12 pm

I believe there is a similar concept in Japan: a treasured piece of pottery that has broken is repairs with gold to celebrate rather than deny the flaws.
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PostSubject: Re: fills   Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:52 am

Just recently bought a refurbished pipe, a GBD Rhodesian.  In the description by the seller, "no flaws detected" was noted.  I bought the pipe.  Upon examination I quickly located a putty fill near the bottom-side of the bowl.  I "detected" the "flaw"  within a few seconds, and the refurbisher never noticed the fill as the pipe was being buffed.  OK.

I kept the pipe, but would have preferred to know about the fill BEFORE the purchase.  Fills, pits, putty, cracks, if disguised should be noted by sellers.  But, some pipe-makers and pipe-owners  view these imperfections differently.

A perfect, straight-grain, in my mind, means "perfect"....zero, zip, nada.... flaws, fills, cracks, etc.


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