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		Pipes Digest #10 - May 1, 1989

In the pipeline:

 - Elias Mazur comments on loose stems, and a favorite place to repair
   a pipe;
 - Bill Thacker comments on loose stems, and on corncobs as a source
   of supplemental income :-)
 - Norm Carpenter comments on loose stems;
 - Phil comments on cobs, clays, and good smokes for the outdoors;
 - and your moderator runs across a source of pipe arcana.

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From: ??????????????????????? (Elias Mazur)
Subject: Stems.

Steve wrote:

>Now on to stems: I have a couple of pipes (a Savinelli and an "Amphora"
>special - both have been around since my _first_ stint in college!) whose
>stems have loosened. On the theory that the stems might be thermoplastic,
>I've tried using hot water to soften them - no luck. If anyone has some good
>tricks for tightening stems, please write in!

I don't know any trick for tightening stems, but I can suggest that you
contact a good pipe store owner, who can fix your stems, or even put on a new
one. I know of a pipe shop in Utica (I mentioned in previous mails), whose
owner, Mr Bob Smith, is an expert on the subject. He has a large quantity of
new stems, and the know-how. Every time I go to his pipe shop, I take a pipe
with me, so that he can clean the stem. It looks like new !  Anyway, I'm going
to pass you his address and phone number, and you can contact him. I'm sure
you'll be pleased to do business with him.

			       Pipes Unlimited
			   Bob Smith,  Tabacconist
			       19 Auburn Avenue
			       Utica, NY  13501
				(315) 735-2588

Good luck !!

Smoke in peace ~\U

Elias Mazur

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>From: cbema!wbt (thacker,w b)

Steve Masticola writes:
>[I can't really describe how a mango tastes - it's somewhere in between a
>peach and a melon,[...]  My broker says that with the
>money I saved buying a corncob instead of a Dunhill, I can get about 150 of
>them. :-) -S.]

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention the tremendous investment potential of
corncob pipes ! 8-)

norm writes:
>Based on the news from this group I have tried a more English style
>of tobacco.  The Tinder Box chain here has a brand called Sherlock's
>Choice.  I can't remember the mixture except that is has some Latakia.
>When I know I will make a better statement,  but so far I am enjoying it
>more than the sweetened brands.

Deja vu !  Just yesterday, I went to the TB (the only pipe store in
East Columbus open on Sundays...) to try some latakia.  I turned my
nose up at Sherlock's, and picked Connoisseur, which sits right next
to it.

I got two ounces and promised myself not to make a decision until I'd
smoked it all  (to make sure the my pipe cake picks up the full flavor,
after years of smoking flavored cavendish), but my initial impression is
underwhelming.  There is a certain plain, woodsy flavor, which is
pleasant, but that's offset by the smell, which is certainly no crowd
pleaser.  We'll give it a while, yet.

Steve Masticola writes:
>Now on to stems: I have a couple of pipes (a Savinelli and an "Amphora"
>special - both have been around since my _first_ stint in college!) whose
>stems have loosened. On the theory that the stems might be thermoplastic,
>I've tried using hot water to soften them - no luck. If anyone has some good
>tricks for tightening stems, please write in!

You need to sand down the stem a little, then it should fit fine.  If not,
sand off a little more.

Some stems are too far gone to be recovered, I'm told, so you may find
after a few sandings that the stem literally falls out of the pipe.  In
that case, you'll need a replacment stem.

8-)  8-)   sorry, couldn't resist.

A couple of my hard rubber stems, and one lucite, did the same thing,
giving me to presume that the pipe itself has expanded, as opposed to
the stem loosening.  Anyway, my quick fix (which has been in place for
a year or two now 8-)  was to wrap a small bit of thin paper around the
tip of the stem, to act as a shim.  Experiment with the exact thickness you
need, but one turn is usually sufficient.  Scotch tape works even better,
so long as you carfully clean the stem first.

My greatest pipe repair to date was on a favorite old deep bend (the sort
that bumps your chin as you smoke).  Managed to drop this one, splitting
the pipe neck in half and breaking off the top half:

       /           \    /\
      |            |   / x\
      |            |  xxx  /
      |            \_/    /
      \                  /
where everyinging above and to the left of the x's was broken off.  As the
pipe was a fine smoker, I refused to give up so easily.   I put the too
half back in place (it fitted perfectly, no chips were lost), and
tightly wound that broken area of the neck with wire.  Then, I placed
a bit of heat-shrink tubing over the wire wrap, and with a heat gun,
shrunk it tightly into place.

Sure, it looks funny, but by God, it's held up for over 2 years now !

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Bill Thacker			att!cbema!wbt	     ??????????????????

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From: ???????????????????????????? (Norm Carpenter)
Subject: Tightening a stem.

When I first started smoking a pipe I was  fortunate  to  find  a
person  in a pipe shop who helped me a great deal and would spend
a lot of time answering my questions.  As much as  "Phil  of  the
Bay  Area"  hates malls, the Bruyere Shoppe at the local mall was
the best store going.  Anyway, back to the  reason  for  posting.
As  a  newcommer  to pipe smoking I tended to smoke the pipe fast
and hot (still do sometimes, but I'm  working  on  it)  and  this
would  cause the shank to expand compressing the stem.  If it did
not crack the shank eventually, the stem  would  get  loose.  The
gentleman  that  I  spoke  of  showed me how to fix this with the
statement, "The first time I'll show you  for  free,  after  that
there  is  a  charge".  This  works  for  the  vulcanized, black,
bowling ball style stems, I don't know about the acrylic.

What he did was to cram as many pipe cleaners into  the  stem  as
would  fit.  Usually  two,  but  I've found that three are needed
sometimes and in other stems only one.  Once  the  pipe  cleaners
are  in  place  and positioned so that they are right against the
opening in the tenon, you take a match or lighter and heat up the
tenon.  This makes the tenon soft.  Be sure not to hold the flame
so that it touches the stem as this might start the stem burning.

When the tenon of the stem is hot  and  becomes  soft,  push  the
tenon  against  the  side of a counter or another flat surface at
the same time keeping the tenon as perpendicular to  the  surface
as  possible.  This  will cause the tenon to bulge just a little,
the pipe cleaners keep the hole open.  As you use this  technique
often, you learn just how much pressure you  can  use  to  get  a
tight fit without giving up much tenon length.  When the stem has
cooled so that it is no longer soft, remove the pipe cleaners and
sand  the tenon down, a little at a time, checking the fit to the
pipe.  To sand, wrap the sandpaper (about 120  grit)  around  the
tenon and turn the stem so that you are removing material  evenly
around  the  tenon.  When  the  tenon  just  fits into the shank,
remove it and cover the tenon surface with  graphite  by  rubbing
with  pencil  lead (this allows the tenon to slide into the shank

You can do this three or four times, and then it is time to buy a
new stem.

Norm Carpenter

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From: ????????????????
Subject: Cobs and Clays

As several folks have pointed out, corncob and clay pipes are entertaining
bargains.  Both of them start out porous enough that they need little or
no breakin, both are light and easy to carry, both are easy to break or
char, and both are cheap enough so you don't care.

I find the cobs best for pocket pipes to smoke at outdoor sports, on safe spots
on trails (e. g. big rocks), and general casual al fresco adventures.  I
haven't had a clay for a long time and would probably reserve one for St.
Paddy's day.

(Other excellent outdoor smokes include Connecticutt Valley cigars. These
are all-tobacco with fine wrappers and a fairly heavy taste. Judges Cave
is one brand.  I tend to think of them as "cigars ordinaire", the rolled
equivalent of a decent jug red.)


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From: ?????????????????????????
Re: With Pipe and Book

I've received a few back issues of "The Pipe Smoker's Ephemeris" from
Tom Dunn, one of which mentioned a store in Lake Placid, NY called,
"With Pipe and Book." They carry a variety of pipe books, including
some which are rather difficult to find, and which I've wished for for
years (Carl Ehwa's book on pipes and tobaccos, Ben Rappaport's book on
collecting, several Dunhill books, and about 50 or 60 more!) Their
address, for those who are also curious, is:

	With Pipe and Book
	Breck & Julia Turner, Proprietors
	91 Main St.
	Lake Placid, NY 12946

The store's name comes from a poem which they print in their pamphlet,
and which I quote here, for those who hack at close of day.

With Pipe and Book at close of day,
Oh what is sweeter, mortal, say?
It matters not what book on knee,
Old Izaak or the Odyssey,
It matters not meerschaum or clay.

And though one's eyes will dream astray,
And lips forget to sue or sway,
It is "enough to merely be"
	With Pipe and Book.

What though our modern skies be gray,
As bards aver, I will not pray
For "soothing Death" to succor me,
But ask this much, O Fate, of thee,
A little longer yet to stay
	With Pipe and Book.

		- Richard de Gallienne.

Smoke in peace,
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Article Index

  1. Subject: Stems.
  2. Subject: Tightening a stem.
  3. Subject: Cobs and Clays
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