Danielmorlan 2012-01-16 14:31:26
Is this “scar” on the pipe a natural wood occurrence, or is it the
result of mishandling?
I’ve already paid for the sucker… I think I got it at a great
David 2012-01-16 14:31:33
Neither. It is a form of rustication…the pipe maker did it.
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Justin 2012-01-16 14:31:59
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
Chantymanjack1 2012-01-16 14:32:11
More like a method of covering up flaws.
Tim wisner 2012-01-16 14:33:19
It was popular on Marxman pipes…
Danielmorlan 2012-01-16 20:18:28
Gawd, I said MISHANDLING… Didn’t mean that…
Well I won it, and I’ll share how it smokes…
Tbomb5653 2012-01-16 20:19:20
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.
Justin 2012-01-16 23:27:00
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.
Tom cavanagh 2012-01-17 00:58:21
I’ve got 3 or 4 Tracy Mincer pipes and they are rusticated in that fashion.
Cheryl 2012-01-17 00:59:07
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
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.
Joe lavigne 2012-01-17 05:44:16
I have a very nice Tracy Mincer Pot with the same thing. All told, 5 or
6 lines down the bowl, and right into the shank. Very artistically
done, and one of my favorite pipes.
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