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1 16th January 16:31
danielmorlan
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Is this "scar" on the pipe a natural wood occurrence, or is it the
result of mishandling?

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I've already paid for the ****er... I think I got it at a great
price.

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2 16th January 16:31
david
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Neither. It is a form of rustication...the pipe maker did it.

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3 16th January 16:31
justin
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Looks intentional to me. I am currently winning on an S&R freehand (Don't go
sniping me : ) ) that has similar markings on it. Seems like maybe a 70s
style thing?
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4 16th January 16:32
chantymanjack1
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More like a method of covering up flaws.

Jack
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5 16th January 16:33
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It was popular on Marxman pipes...

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6 16th January 22:18
danielmorlan
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Gawd, I said MISHANDLING... Didn't mean that...

Well I won it, and I'll share how it smokes...

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7 16th January 22:19
tbomb5653
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Isn't that what all rustications are Jack? Don't get me wrong, I like
rusticated and blasted pipes but I've yet to see one that you can't
find the flaw the maker was covering up if you look hard enough.

Bob
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8 17th January 01:27
justin
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That's what I thought. But I don't see too many with that kind of
rustication. Most of my cheaper bjarnes are blasted in weird ways, ways that
I'm sure cover up a flaw in the briar. These are just a much different style
than most of the blasts you see now.

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9 17th January 02:58
tom cavanagh
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I've got 3 or 4 Tracy Mincer pipes and they are rusticated in that fashion.
FWIW

Tom
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10 17th January 02:59
cheryl
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The pipe you won is a rustication to cover a flaw, usually done with an
etching tool. A blast is totally different and done with a sandblaster
by removing the softer wood and leaving the hard.

Yours, and similar styles of rustication, were used by a lot of makers
and manufacturers and seems to have continued into the 80's - and I still
see mfg using similar, more random, techniques - but with a tad more
finesse now <g> I had a very old Whitehall with almost the exact
markings around it.

Flaws exist in every piece of briar (nature) and trying to stick to a
classic shape means it's often tough to sand them out when they happen to
be right where you need to stop sanding. (Which is why freehand styles
can be a lot easier to make) It doesn't indicate that there is anything
wrong with the pipe or the briar. It's just that rustication techniques
have become a lot more refined and artistic since that one was made. You
may have a nice old piece of wood in that "new" pipe.

Once again, I'm reminded to thank the pipemakers for continuing to
recreate and refine their artistry - which forces the mass manufacturers
to become a little more creative.

Cheryl
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