When I got in to this hobby of pipe smoking and collecting I had a slightly tricky time finding information on restoring estate pipes. With more and more younger guys like myself taking up the hobby I've decided to make this instructable for the good of all.
I'll start things off by saying welcome! This a very fun and enjoyable hobby and you should be able to find a lot of enjoyment in your pipes and a great community surrounding it.
I will also say that yes, smoking is in fact bad for you be it a pipe, cigar, or cigarette. Since you're here though you probably have already made the decision to smoke and all things considered it's good that you've chosen the pipe. The dangers associated with smoking are greatly diminished with pipe smoking as inhalation of the smoke is not done and it, like cigar smoking, is largely for the flavour. Yes nicotine is a part of it but certainly not the main attraction.
Well let's get started shall we?
Step 1: What You Will Need.
Alright here is what you'll need...
-An estate pipe to work on (obviously)
-Reamer. The one pictured is a Castleford set of reamers and is my preferred type. The other that is used by many is the Senior reamer but I don't really care for it.
-Drill bits. These are a maybe but good to have just in case.
-Buffing wheels and something to attach them to. Not really needed but they make your life easier. Mine attach to my drill.
-Carnuba wax (optional really)
-High proof alcohol. Everclear is the preferred but I just used this vodka.
-'Magic eraser' (not pictured)
-High grit sandpaper (not pictured)
-A pipe to smoke while you work (optional)
Now let's get to work.