Rusticated & Sandblast Pipes, CMT Contribution, Kevin Godbee
On page 77 of The Tobacconist Handbook it is incorrectly stated that Sandblast pipes are the same as Rusticated.
They are different. The similarity between the two is that they both have non-smooth surfaces on the bowl and shank, the wood part of the pipe.
Sandblasted pipes have the surface decorated by using a large machine. The pipe is held inside the machine by the pipe maker inserting his hands into protective gloves that are attached to holes in the wall of the large sandblast chamber.
He then uses a pen-like apparatus that shoots small particles, sand or other, which hit the wood at high-velocity.
A Rusticated pipe has it's surface decorated without the use of a machine. A hand-tool is used to dig out pieces of wood to create the design.
You can usually tell the difference as a Rusticated pipe will have larger cuts and typically be less intricate.
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