Re: Opening Up the Airway
- From: mark tinsky <mt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 02 Jun 2009 22:26:24 -0800
In article <23hb25hkf6nedqjjo5v4r9sthtjqm64fb9@xxxxxxx>,
What a difference opening up the airway makes. I have a large Salim
reverse claw meerschaum that colored beautifully but always smoked
just "ok". So, I finally got around to sending it off to Floyd
Norwood to have the draft hole opened up in the shank and a new hand
cut Lucite stem added to replace the cheap acrylic one that came with
the pipe. Total cost was $22.00, and the postage was paid by for by
the local B&M as a service to their customers.
The hand cut stem is gorgeous and the pipe now smokes great. I can see
this pipe now getting smoked a whole lot more than it used to be.
I highly recommend Floyd Norwood for pipe repair, especially for
Not that it matters all that much , but I doubt you got a hand cut stem
for $22. Generally, a hand cut stem is taken to be made from a
solid rod or square of lucite or vulcanite material, drilled , shaped
and filed by hand. Takes almost an hour to do.
A lucite stem used for repair , is generally like a key blank. A
certain length and width. The repair person cuts a tenon to fit it
to the stem and stem is then sanded flush.One could make the
argument that a lucite blank can be made just as comfortable and
have the same smoking qualities as a completely hand cut stem. However,
it is not considered a handcut stem and is priced accordingly. $22
is a pretty standard price for this type of repair.
Also the fitting was probably the culprit in your previous problems
rather than the stem. The airways in those little plastic fitting is
tiny and often obstructed.
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