|Some time back i was thinning out my herd of Dr.Grabow’s that i never smoke anymore.
I had this Westbrook #21 and sent it of as a gift to a friend of mine on The Dr. Grabow Collectors Forum. He had mentioned he was looking for a # 21 shape and since i never smoked mine i thought he should have it .
In his kindness he sent me back this Dr. Grabow Starfire #85 by surprise . I have owned more #85 pokers than any other Dr.Grabow shape ( 30+), so I’m sure he thought it would have a good home as well.
It was clean as a whistle and is in excellent shape. The finish was getting a little thin and i like my black wirecarving black ,not semi black .
I stripped off the old wax with a light scrub of Oxy-Clean , warm water and a Scotch -Brite pad. I then mixed up purple and black dye for a two stage wirecarved color match.
I gave the bowl two good coats of dark purple.
After drying i added two real thin coats (drying between coats) of black to let the purple show through.
While the bowl was drying i filed out one small tooth mark and sanded the stem with 600-2500 grit.
Bowl and stem back together after a wipe down and drying of mineral oil and final inspection before going to the buffer.
Pipe after buff and wax.
The pipe is a great smoker and a fine addition to my Dr.Grabow #85 collection.
Thank you OB (Old Briar).
Til next time,
Good smokes to you.