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  • Van Winkle pipe bag... Help?

    In front of me is a NEW 1970 P. Henderson pipe.
    Someday a yet-to-be-met aspiring piper will have it

    What to do with its NEW 50 yr-old hide bag is my
    question. Is there a way to gently re-hydrate the
    leather, before attempting the first seasoning?

    Trying to salvage very old bags, is time wasted,
    usually, but this one is stiff, only. Otherwise it's
    in pristine condition.

    Other projects come first, so a technique needing
    a week or more ​​​​​is do-able.

    Cheers for any advice... // Lloyd
    LloydB
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    Honestly, I'd just go right ahead and season it - my usual approach with a new bag is to dump in most of a well-heated tin, rub it in well, and then leave it overnight to drain back into the tin. Then blow some air through it for 10-15 minutes every day for a week, and you might well want to do another seasoning at the end of the week. Seasoning itself has plenty moisture in it, so I don't see any need really to add moisture in any other way.
    http://www.callingthetune.co.uk
    -- Formerly known as CalumII

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    • #3
      In general, I'd agree... problem is, owner stored this
      one as it was received, in its shipping box... bag and
      drones are folded back in the usual way.

      I'm more than a bit concerned that an attempt to
      straightening it out, from this shape, will put too
      much stress on the very dry leather.

      Still Pondering, and Appreciating your Reply.

      Cheers; // Lloyd
      LloydB
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      • #4
        I agree with Calum. However, given the condition you cite, and knowing that some will gasp and disagree, I'd dip the bag in a bath of warm water until it could be straightened out and opened up enough to pour seasoning in.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by EquusRacer View Post
          I agree with Calum. However, given the condition you cite, and knowing that some will gasp and disagree, I'd dip the bag in a bath of warm water until it could be straightened out and opened up enough to pour seasoning in.
          A former student came to me after ~10 years off pipes, he brought his Naill pipes...with the L&M bag I’d tied on about 12 years prior. Stiff..folded in the case. I put a moose valve in ...with the riser High enough to blow in. I corked all the other stocks ...poured in a ~cup of warm water...quickly blew it up tight...and vigorously shook it all around. After several minutes I poured off the goop....the bag had become supple as new..and airtight. He was good to go ...and added a normal bit of seasoning a few days later.

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          • #6
            Cheers for the ideas, folks... first treatment will be warm water
            inside (outside to follow, only if that doesn't do the job). After
            draining, dripping, and a bit of a wait, a pre-check for tightness,
            then the AIRTIGHT.
            LloydB
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            • #7

              LloydB,

              Late to this game--but...

              Having always used--L&M hide bags--and having to--resurrect--several of
              them--seemingly dead--and in much worse condition--than what you describe--
              and also--always using that--Old Tried and True!!--Airtight Seasoning!!--were
              I in your spot--I would proceed with a warmed up tin of it--and as was suggested
              above--simply pour in as much as proved initially possible--and then add some
              more--and then some more--until you have sufficient in the bag--to work it all
              in--and then--later--drain as usual...

              I would hazard--that you--the bag--and the pipes--shall be Happy!! :-)

              Please do--let us know--which route you take--and how it turned out.

              Wishing for you--the bag--and the pipes--All the Best!! :-)

              Pip01
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              Last edited by Pip01; 01-19-2022, 07:53 PM.
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              With what a brave carouse...

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