I’ve found most of my estate Brigham pipes on eBay so far. This one caught my eye for two reasons – it was a model/shape that I hadn’t seen before and it was a bit of a mystery! The listing pics were not of the best quality, so it was nearly impossible to make out the telltale Brigham Dots on the pipe stem. So hard … Continue reading King of the Brighams – Identifying a Presidential Series A Grade Freehand!
Here is another of my Estate Brigham refurbs. This one is a Brigham 4-Dot full bent. There is no shape number stamped in this one, but judging from the Brigham shape charts and size, it’s likely a 424 (ie a 400-series/4-dot pipe in the 24 shape). Below is the Classic Shapes chart from the Brigham site. You’ll see shapes 23 and 24 are nearly identical … Continue reading Refurbishing a Brigham Pat # 4-Dot Bent Estate Pipe
Hi again! This is more or less a continuation of my previous blog post Salvaging a Sorely Mistreated Brigham 3-Dot Acorn, but I decided to break it out into its own repair blog to make the information easier to find. If you recall, this pipe stem had been “hack repaired” by a previous owner (or, heaven forbid, a pipe “repair man” who didn’t know what he … Continue reading Rebuilding a Pipe Stem Button Using CA Glue and Charcoal
I just finished up my first ever pipe build and am reasonably pleased with the end result. I’ve certainly paid more money on a cheap off-the-shelf pipe, and I get the bonus of claiming this one as my very own creation. I started with one of two briar blocks I bought from a local gent who had had them on his shelf for years. The … Continue reading My First Attempt at Pipe Carving – A Rusticated Nosewarmer!
You never know what you’re going to get when you buy estate pipes online. This small WellPipe full bent pipe is a case in point. The auction listing looked good, and the pipe arrived in decent shape. On the surface it only needed a good cleaning. The bowl had a bit of rim char and tar build-up, and the stem was oxidized, especially at the … Continue reading Refurb & Rustication of an Estate WellPipe Full Bent
Here is my latest pipe refurb project – a 1970’s vintage, Made in Canada, Brigham 3-Dot Acorn I found at a local antiques mall. I paid the princely sum of $14CAD for this poor old pipe. I have a soft spot for Brigham pipes – they were my Dad’s pipe of choice – so I hoped I could bring this one back to a useful, … Continue reading Salvaging a Sorely Mistreated Brigham 3-Dot Acorn
Welcome to DadsPipes, my blog dedicated to the classic and manly art of tobacco pipes. Here I’ll post pics and articles about pipes and pipe tobacco, pipe collecting, estate pipe restorations, DIY pipe making, pipe tips and tricks, and anything else I can find related to pipes in general. What you will NOT find here is information on glass pipes, bongs, hookahs or pipes used … Continue reading Hello world!