I thought I’d squeeze in another post before heading out for a late-summer camping trip before back-to-school activities take over. This no-name Oom Paul pipe came to me in a recent auction lot purchase (second row from the bottom, centre column in the pic). It was in pretty good shape when it arrived. Compared to many pipes in the lot, this one had not seen … Continue reading Dressing up a Drab Imported Briar Oom Paul
This restoration is a bit special for me, not for the pipe, but rather for the refurbishing apprentice I gained on this project – my daughter. Interested to know more about a subject that obviously captures my attention, my daughter asked if she could help with a refurb. Naturally, I gave her free pick of the pipes remaining in my box. She selected this Whitehall … Continue reading Refreshing a Whitehall Washington Park Zulu, with a Little Help From an Erstwhile Apprentice.
This is another pipe from my recently auction lot purchase. The shape and size of this Rhodesian is, at least for me, very appealing, though it may be a tad heavy for those that like to clench the pipe in their teeth. It is marked “Treaty Bond” over “Made in France” on the left shank, and, faintly, “Imported Briar” over “409” on the right shank. … Continue reading Filling and Filing – An Exercise in Repairing Pits and Dents on a Treaty Bond Rhodesian
This is the second pipe I’ve tackled from my recent auction lot. It is a Dunhill Shell Briar which met a horrible, Anne Boleyn-esque fate – off with its head! I’m guessing most of the auction lot came from the same estate, as no less than four of the 17 pipes had similar injuries. Was the previous owner fond of knocking the dottle out against … Continue reading Resurrecting a Beheaded Dunhill Shell Briar Billiard
This is the first of 17 pipes I bought recently as an auction lot. This Medico Gold Crest billiard pipe had sat somewhere undisturbed for quite some time – there were actually cobwebs in the bowl! – but it promised to be a quick and rewarding refurb job. The 14K gold band and birdseye hiding under the grime and old varnish were tantalizing, and I … Continue reading Sweeping the Cobwebs Out of a Medico Gold Crest Billiard
My apologies to Mr. Dickens for the title, but it seemed appropriate for this teaser post! Until now, I have made estate pipe purchases in ones and twos – a pipe here, two there, working on them one at a time, getting them cleaned and restored/refurbished before adding them to my rack and starting the hunt for the next pipe to work on. That changed recently … Continue reading The Ghost of Pipe Refurbs Yet to Come!
Pipe makers and restorers use various types of bowl coatings for a variety of reasons. Some coatings are factory-applied to new pipes in the belief that they help protect the briar wood of the bowl from burnouts and assist in the formation of cake – that even layer of hard ashy stuff that insulates the briar from the heat of the burning tobacco. Sometimes a … Continue reading A Simple & Effective Bowl Coating