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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:35 pm 
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There are Dunhill collectors, Dunhill ODA collectors, and Dunhill ODA's-of-a-specific-shape collectors.

The last sort are definitely lifers, because there aren't many ODA's in the world to begin with, and finding a specimen of every finish within a specific shape isn't easy. Trying to find a full set of one the scarcest shapes in the ODA range borders on masochistic.

The pipe in this thread was sent to me by one of the last type of collectors. (If he were an athlete he'd want to run the Leadville 100, or climb Mount Everest, I imagine. )

How those guys tend to do it is by filling their collection with whatever they can find, and then never stop playing King of the Hill, swapping out the weak specimens when stronger ones are found.

Dunhill's 838 in the Root finish is a right little piggy in that regard, though, being infamously elusive. Never mind trading up, finding one for sale in pretty much any condition is a rare enough event that you grab first and deal with its issues later.

And here we are. This one had a poorly-made replacement stem (even the dot wasn't round... how's that even possible?!), and the rim had been rounded over at some point with sandpaper and refinished, presumably to remove knock damage. The nomenclature had also suffered from the heavy-handed re-stem (some shaving to achieve level had taken place) and possibly from the rounded rim re-finish (if the entire stummel had been sanded to make the stain color matching easier.)

So, the two main issues with this piece just happened to be what are (by a considerable margin) the two most challenging things to achieve in the pipe repair world: Cutting and leveling a geometric/faceted stem with absolutely ZERO shank manipulation allowed because of the faint nomenclature; and getting a perfect color & translucency match of raw wood to an existing finish when ONLY the rim can be touched. (If an entire stummel can be re-stained, even slightly, matching is much easier. That's how it's usually done. But not in this case. Simply color-buffing the shank would blitz the nomenclature.)

Anyway, there you have it, and here are the pics. (My apologies in advance to anyone using a slow connection):

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The Result:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:32 pm 
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Really incredible work.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:18 pm 
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Lovely work, as always, George! Thanks for sharing!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:06 am 
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As usual, incredible work.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:31 am 
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Man that's pretty. You've done that whole "stem too nice for the stummel" thing again, though!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:26 pm 
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Very nice, thank you for showing the process.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:20 pm 
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Wow!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:27 pm 
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Beautiful work, George!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:10 pm 
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That really is amazing work! Can I ask what kind of tape you use as the center line of the stem before you start shaping?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:10 pm 
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Just ordinary masking tape. It's available in different widths.

Hit the size drop-down on this page to see 'em all:

https://www.amazon.com/3M-2364-Performa ... e+1%2F8%22

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:17 pm 
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Great, Thanks LL!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:16 pm 
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You are amazing Sir!!! :notworthy:


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