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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Adventures in Pipemaking, Cont.

Just a quick note for today - The stummels are back in their overnight soak again. Four days of systematic heat drying reduced #2 from 25.1 grams to 23.4 grams, and #3 from 23.6 grams to 23 grams. That's an initial weight loss of 7% and 3%, respectively. This may seem underwhelming, but keep in mind that these are pre-roughed stummels that have had their chambers drilled already, and been left to air-dry for decades. There just isn't much organic moisture content left that isn't normal atmospheric humidity.

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