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Dads old pipes

This is a discussion on Dads old pipes within the The Pipe Hobby How-To Discussion Forum forums, part of the Pipe Smokers Forums category; I am new to pipes . Is there anything special I need to do to my fathers old pipes that ...

  
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    Young Fish


     

    Dads old pipes

    I am new to pipes . Is there anything special I need to do to my fathers old pipes that have not been smoked since the 60's?

    Thanks in advance

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    Puffer Fish with many spikes mturnmm's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Throw some pics up...lets see them. Oh yeah how about doing an intro and telling usa bit about yourself
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    Young Fish


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Sorry for not realizing there were intro areas for the cigar and pipe areas. When I was back home for Thanksgiving I dug out my dads old pipes then I forgot to put them in my luggage. So my mom is mailing them to me. By the time I receive them I should have the required number of posts to be able to post pics Two are Briar and have been smoked the third is Meer and has not been smoked

    Thanks Rob

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    Midlife crises Puffer mcgreggor57's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Lot's of good threads on cleaning up estate pipes. Grab yourself some Everclear and lots of pipe cleaners. At the very least, a thorough cleaning of the stems would probably be in order . Depending on condition, some work on the bowls might be needed as well. Slight reaming if the cake is too thick or salt treatment to eliminate the ghosting and allow you to start fresh. Do you remember what tobacco he usually smoked?

    I went through mom's basement when I was home Thanksgiving as well. I was pretty sure all of dad's pipes went into the auction after he passed but was hoping maybe a treasure or two was still hanging around. Looking forward to seeing yours when they arrive. Welcome to Puff!
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    THE MAN WHO LOVES TWANG! TonyBrooklyn's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Quote Originally Posted by mturnmm View Post
    Throw some pics up...lets see them. Oh yeah how about doing an intro and telling usa bit about yourself
    Quote Originally Posted by mcgreggor57 View Post
    Lot's of good threads on cleaning up estate pipes. Grab yourself some Everclear and lots of pipe cleaners. At the very least, a thorough cleaning of the stems would probably be in order . Depending on condition, some work on the bowls might be needed as well. Slight reaming if the cake is too thick or salt treatment to eliminate the ghosting and allow you to start fresh. Do you remember what tobacco he usually smoked?

    I went through mom's basement when I was home Thanksgiving as well. I was pretty sure all of dad's pipes went into the auction after he passed but was hoping maybe a treasure or two was still hanging around. Looking forward to seeing yours when they arrive. Welcome to Puff!

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    Snuff-hound steinr1's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Welcome!

    If your father looked after his pipes well, there may well be nothing you need to do at all. Just load tobacco and start smoking where he left off. I have found that very old tobacco and "cake" can sometimes leave a foul taste (the oils go rancid, I believe) and deoderising of the bowl with salt and alcohol may be in order. (Not sure how new you are to pipe smoking; Cake is the build up of the residue of burnt tobacco that helps a pipe burn slow and true.) If you need or want to, keep asking for advice - they are a friendly and knowledgeable lot here and there really are no stupid questions. No matter how long you have been smoking, there are always new things to learn and try.

    Just looked again - you're new to pipes. The same advice still holds and...

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    (By the way, there is much talk on the forum at the moment about the weather, temperatures, and the amount of snow each person has seen so far. Seeing where you live, perhaps you could put us straight on what REAL snow is like.)
    Last edited by steinr1; 12-29-2012 at 05:54 PM.
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    Young Fish


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    As of now we are at about 24 inches of snow on the ground. It would probably be more like 36 if it had not warmed up and rained for a week. By March we will have about 60 inches.

    Rob

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    Puffer Fish with many spikes mturnmm's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    You are getting a meer from the 1960's that is unsmoked!! Uh....its probably not any good so just send it to me...I'll take care of it! Lol.....that is awesome!! You probably have a treasure there!!
    Here's to us and those like us!
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    Young Fish


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Ya it was was the first Christmas gift my mom ever gave my dad. Very ornate with a horse carving, kind of like the one in mcgreggor57s avatar although not quite as fancy

    Rob.

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    A Squid founder, retired ProbateGeek's Avatar


     

    Re: Dads old pipes

    Welcome, Rob. If your dad's smoked pipes are in really bad shape, another option is to have them professionally restored. I did this with 3 of my dad's pipes (the other 8 or so went to my two other brothers), and was very happy with the results.

    I used puff's own mrsmitty (aka Josh, his website is here: Pipe Restoration - Smittys Lighter Shop ) and I think the cost was just over $60 for all three. Here are the before (3 pipes in the middle) and after pics:






    I've got another 4 pipes for Josh to work on - this time from my stepdad - two of which were his great uncle's pipes; his great uncle died in 1937. I've had no responses from Josh, however. Anyone knows how he is?

    Good luck, Rob. We're all awaiting the photos when available.
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