A few weeks ago I joined in on a WTB thread discussion on pipes. The original post/query included a photo of what appeared to be a pretty standard mid-20th century briar pipe - the type of which I still have about 8 examples of here at my desk.
A few years ago, I gave up on cigars and at the time I was the only 21 year old on my block to smoke a pipe. Since then even my pipe smoking has slacked off quite a bit. But I do enjoy a pipe on those evenings when out with the fellows in my unit.
Last weekend I was at an event and like many of the others in our company I enjoyed the smoke of a good pipe...well a pipe anyway...a "safe" clay bowl job with a wood stem that I've had for about two years. I hate that pipe. The joy of a good smoke is ruined by a clay bowl that gets about as hot as a red coal in a couple of minutes and cannot be touched.
So, looking at all of these briars I have here, in general can any of these be repurposed, or re-stemmed? - Specifically for our hobby? Some are very non-descript and don't have metal parts. Or, are they bound for the "Mad Men" prop house? Thoughts from you pipe smart folks appreciated.