Tobacco Pipe Repairs
In the course of owning a tobacco pipe, there may come a time when it needs to be repaired. Bowls may burn out, leaving holes, or crack with a careless knock against a tabletop. Older pipes may need a little love and attention to return them to their early beauty, such as refinishing and staining to remove scratches. Even pipes that seem to be broken beyond repair, such as problems with split stems and bands, can be fixed with the skill of a properly trained professional. While these repairs can seem expensive, the price should be compared to that of a replacement pipe. More often than not, having a pipe repaired will save money in the long term.
A professional pipe repairer will be willing to furnish a new customer with recommendations from previous clients and an estimate before work starts. The internet is a good source to find these specialists, by using search engines or asking in forums that are dedicate to tobacco pipes. Once the person has contacted the business, it is wise to make sure that they handle the type of repair needed before turning over the pipe. Most websites will list what kind of pipes the repairer has worked with and feels comfortable repairing. Another item is inquire after is how long the process typically takes. Based on the amount of work required and the amount that business can handle, it may take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks for the pipe to be repaired and returned to the customer. Sometimes it may be better to just go ahead and get a new Peterson or Savinelli. It all depends on how bad the pipe is broken.
Are there any of these repairs that can be done at home? Dependent on the skill level of the person attempting it, yes. Bowls and filters can be replaced, and stems can be modified in terms of fit and angle. Perhaps the best way to avoid needing repairs in the first place is the proper cleaning and storage of the pipe. Regular cleaning will prevent tar from building up and causing off-tastes, and prevent too much caking on the bowl, which can impede the proper build-up of flame. When not in use, pipes should be kept properly stored, to avoid breakage and unneeded scratching. A hanging rack, a padded box or even a soft bag can do the trick, dependent on the type of tobacco pipe. Some people recommend keeping a pipe cleaner in the stem of the pipe to absorb moisture, while others insist that it makes no difference.