Last week a fellow member of the Dr.Grabow Collectors Forum (Ted) sent me a email asking if i would be interested in a Kaywoodie 22 he had. He said i could have it for free of charge. Not looking a gift horse in the mouth i replied ,sure i would gladly take it.
I arrived quickly and after a quick look over i could see it was a excellent condition pipe. Just a good basic cleaning is all the 22 needed.
I have a couple of 22’s in Yello -Bole but none in Kaywoodie so i was glad to add this to my collection.
The 22 shape was made for several years according to my chart.
22 Medium billiard long stem 1931-1972
From the three hole stinger and the feel of the stem i would say this is most likely a 70’s model. Maybe as early as a late 60’s.
Since the cake in the bowl was very thin i left it alone and moved to drilling out the shank with a 3/16 inch drill bit for better airflow.
I gave the bowl and stem a good cleaning and removed the rim cake.
After cleaning i went ahead and gave the chamber a thin coat of syrup/carbon and gave it a rub down with mineral oil. I let the bowl set out in the hot sun for a couple of hours.This will help the bowl coating dry, the mineral oil to soak in and for the alcohol i cleaned it with evaporate.
While the bowl soaked in the summer sun i gave the stem a good wet sanding with 1000 grit on up to 2800. The stem had no major tooth marks or such so the sanding did not take long.
I went ahead and bored out the three hole stinger with a old round file for better airflow. Cleaned off the burs and polished it with 000 steel wool.
With bowl and stem done i gave it another rub down with mineral oil and gave it one last look over before buff and wax .
After a quick buff and wax on the wheel the 22 is done.
The 22 is a great little smoker. I’ll use it for my Dark Fired Kentucky blends as large bowls tend to turn bitter after a long smoke. I’ve already put a couple of bowls of PS Amsterdam through it and it delivered a fine smoke.
Thank you Ted for the Kaywoodie ill enjoy it often.
Til next time ,
Good smokes to you.