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Dave G

Dr. Frankengrabow's

A while back I received a box of estates that included 4 grabow's, 3 of which did not have stems. Throwing reason the wayside, instead of buying replacement stems, I dug through the parts box and created these two Frankenstein's.

I took a broken Omega stem and ground the end down until it was a tight fit for the freehand. The sand blast was originally medium brown that just wasn't working for this pipe in my opinion. I aimed for the color of an old Dunhill shell. 60% oxblood, 40% black. (Fiebings)

Freehand






Next up is an Omega.  I removed the varnish, fixed the rim and some scratches, then gave it a light stain wash made mostly of alcohol with a bit of  Fiebings brown. This is a good way to blend light spots in the finish if any sanding needs to be done in small sections.

I bought a straight churchwarden stem at an antique store last summer for $3 and knew it would come in handy some day. I sanded the tenon down to fit the Omega then put a bend in the stem using near boiling water. This one turned out better than I expected. I smoked the Omegawarden twice and it's a great smoker. The length is right at 12 inches.

Omegawarden







Judd

Excellent work, they look great!
pipesbywhitney

Great recoveries ...
ozark southpaw

So,you take the stem out of an Omega,put it in a Freehand then turn the Omega into a Churchwarden.... Shocked  Rolling Eyes

I like 'em!
WayneD

Thats some nice work right there, Dave. Way to think outside the bowl.  Wink  That churchwarden has a real nice elegant flow to it.
Abe Frohman

Yeah, the CW is a surprisingly nice line.  Almost makes me want one.
Piffyr

Looking good on all counts, Dave.
elliottws

Looks great, like the cw
ol gto

Nice work, I like those pipes!
Dave G

ozark southpaw wrote:
So,you take the stem out of an Omega,put it in a Freehand then turn the Omega into a Churchwarden.... Shocked  Rolling Eyes

I like 'em!


I seems logical to use the Omega stem on the Omega, but the mount end was broken off making the circumference to wide to fit in the Omega. It was however a perfect fit for the freehand. It does change the freehand profile quite a bit. I think it's starting to grow on me.
JoeMan

Good job. I like both, but especially the churchwarden.
Drifter-MT

Very nice work there indeed!  Being a big fan of the Omega,  my favorite is the FrankenMega at the top!
vwdeano

Those look great!  Glad to see them back in play.
ozark southpaw

Dave G wrote:
ozark southpaw wrote:
So,you take the stem out of an Omega,put it in a Freehand then turn the Omega into a Churchwarden.... Shocked  Rolling Eyes

I like 'em!


I seems logical to use the Omega stem on the Omega, but the mount end was broken off making the circumference to wide to fit in the Omega. It was however a perfect fit for the freehand. It does change the freehand profile quite a bit. I think it's starting to grow on me.


I think the Omega stem actually looks better in that Freehand than it would in an Omega! I like the fact that the ring on the stem is close to the shank. I hate the look of a "fancy" stem with a long tenon and that ring sitting an inch or so from the end of the shank.  
The Omega CW has a smoother flow with out that ring to interrupt the flow of that stem.

Some time back I started and Omega CW using the first 1 1/2" or so of the original stem-with the ring- with the intention of grafting a CW stem to that piece. Mainly wanted to preserve the spade. I think I like the looks of yours better.
Gary Balestrieri Jr

Great saves Dave!   I really like that Omega stem on the Freehand,  it looks like it belongs!  
Gary [/quote]
GrabowFan

I especially like the freehand.  Oxblood is probably my favorite color for a pipe.
Uncle Rich

Wonderful save- kinda reminds me of the Johnny Cash song about the 57-58-59-60 Cadillac.
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