I have been keeping a eye out for a nice Weber Blackthorne billiard or Canadian. They are not that easy to find , if you do find a decent one people want to charge you twice or more what they are worth. I happened upon this 735 on a Ebay listing. I have a couple of 735’s and they are fine smokers. One is a Jobey (made by Weber at the time) and the other is a Weber Golden Walnut smooth finish. Being a fan of sandblast pipes i jumped on the Blacthorne and won the bid of the pipe that also was from his fathers collection.
The pipe needed some work but for the price less than a average pizza it was worth it. The stem was pretty chewed but the rest of pipe was in excellent shape.
Pipe as it arrived,
Weber’s have a large button hole and it makes them have a great draw but its also a weakness .They tend to get holes and cracks easier than most stems.
I first gave the bowl a good scrubbing and cleaning along with sanding most of the cake out.
I soaked the stem in alcohol to clean and scrub all the old tars and such.
I then soaked it Oxy Clean and warm water for a couple of hours and then scrubbed it with a Scotch Brite pad get rid it of oxidation.
After the years of usage and my cleaning of the briar the color was becoming thin so i made up a match of the factory color. I dyed it let it dry in between coats.I ended up dying it with three thin coats.
While the bowl was drying i went to work on the stem.
First thing i did was address the crack on the top of the stem by adding a very thin coat of CA glue to the exposed section before i sealed it up with the repair.
I then filed the areas to be repaired so it would have a good bond and made me a stem plug ( thin cardboard wrapped in packing tape).
I mixed up a combination of carbon and vulcanite powder i got from a old donor stem.
I worked my way from the middle of the defect working my way out with thin coats of CA glue and powder . Filing in between coats to give it shape and a bond for the next coat.
After i got the stem part repaired i taped it up to build up the button.
After filing it to shape the rough filling is done and ready for the sanding.
I sanded the stem and repairs starting with 400 grit working my way up to 2500.
After the repairs were done i took the bowl and wiped it mineral oil and gave it a rub with 000 steel wool to knock down the finish some and give the color some relief and depth
The bowl and stem back together for wipe down again with mineral oil to check work before going to the final buffing and wax.
One thing i did notice on the stem then it is stamped English Para. This is the only pipe i know of in my collection that has this stamped on the stem.
After some time on the buffer , the finished pipe.
I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out and looking forward to smoking it in the years to come.