View Full Version : My 7 dollar "Smocking Pipe" makeover

04-11-2014, 07:23 PM
I wanted to share this little beauty I brought back from the grave. While recently surfing the bay, and telling my self the whole time "you already have too many, why are you on here", I came across a listing. The listing was for a "smocking pipe", yep, I know I'm not the only one who gets excited with a misspelled pipe listing with blurry pics. As experience would tell us, I got it for a little over a dollar, and with shipping it set me back about 7 dollars.

It got in today and besides thick cake and grime all over, I could see the gem underneath. Although it was described as a no name, it turned out to be a "London Crown". Not much info on these pipes, but some say they are a Hardcastle, which is a second by Dunhill. I could see that with the shape and finish.

I put this baby through a full refurb, I'm talking full refinish, shellac, buffing, reaming, salt/alcohol treatment, retort, pipe mud to fill a suspect internal hairline crack, draft hole redrill, sand/smooth the rim, tighten tenon, the whole nine...nay, the whole nineteen yards. After the makeover though, she is a beauty which I will smoke with pride.

I would also appreciate if someone could shed some light on the "London Crown".

Before and afters...

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/315E42EF-C137-4914-89B0-F63D34FF872B.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/315E42EF-C137-4914-89B0-F63D34FF872B.jpg.html)
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http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/40A615A4-0658-4CA0-9432-973DA34B8CD6.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/40A615A4-0658-4CA0-9432-973DA34B8CD6.jpg.html)
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/B59BF282-68B3-469A-A8D2-60F6B37D011D.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/B59BF282-68B3-469A-A8D2-60F6B37D011D.jpg.html)

04-11-2014, 07:23 PM
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/239195F7-8F9B-4189-9843-73E25DD1B5AA.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/239195F7-8F9B-4189-9843-73E25DD1B5AA.jpg.html)
http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/582E37CB-BFBB-4A17-A127-5999B8A6A4DA.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/582E37CB-BFBB-4A17-A127-5999B8A6A4DA.jpg.html)

She is a looker...

http://i306.photobucket.com/albums/nn275/bambam1723/Mobile%20Uploads/6DD73ED5-B8E4-418B-B99E-C7B486D27C9F.jpg (http://s306.photobucket.com/user/bambam1723/media/Mobile%20Uploads/6DD73ED5-B8E4-418B-B99E-C7B486D27C9F.jpg.html)

04-14-2014, 07:06 PM
The transformation is really impressive!

04-14-2014, 07:23 PM
Amazing transformation!

04-14-2014, 07:25 PM
What did you use?

04-14-2014, 09:07 PM
What did you use?

Not one thing in particular, it is a long, complicated process with many products and methods.

04-15-2014, 02:56 PM
Well done! Something to be proud of, for sure.

04-15-2014, 03:36 PM
Bravo-Zulu! Nice job.:tu

04-18-2014, 03:57 PM
that is a great restoration!

04-30-2014, 10:58 AM
Wow! ace job on this one, she's a beaut.

05-28-2014, 05:58 PM
nice! ever thought of restoring pipes for a living, or at least for extra cash to spend on more pipes?

05-28-2014, 06:35 PM
That's amazing, not knowing what I'm talking about, but seems you do really first class work, well not work seems it's more a labor of love. Great pipe :)

06-02-2014, 05:49 PM
check this out

06-02-2014, 06:32 PM
Wow great job.

08-30-2014, 05:49 PM
It is always nice to have a Good Subject for working. Very good pipe and great restore job.

08-30-2014, 11:13 PM
Nice, nice, nice. My Pappy and Grand-pappy were pipe smokers and had pipes like this. I wish I had known something about it before they got rid of all the stuff. Who knew that pipes could be restored so nice. I still may take up a pipe someday.