King of the Brighams – Identifying a Presidential Series A Grade Freehand!

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!

Refurbishing a Brigham Pat # 4-Dot Bent Estate Pipe

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

Rebuilding a Pipe Stem Button Using CA Glue and Charcoal

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

My First Attempt at Pipe Carving – A Rusticated Nosewarmer!

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!

Refurb & Rustication of an Estate WellPipe Full Bent

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

Salvaging a Sorely Mistreated Brigham 3-Dot Acorn

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