Peterson – Holiday Season 2015

The air is getting crisper, the nights are getting longer – high time for a Christmas tobacco review! This write-up of Peterson’s 2015 Holiday Season blend was originally posted on Confessions of a Pipe Smoker. Please click the link below to read the entire review.  – Charles “The Peterson 2015 Holiday Season tobacco is a mixture of hand blended loose cut Virginias, fine Burley and … Continue reading Peterson – Holiday Season 2015

A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard

I found this BBB 2 Star Billiard at a local antiques and collectibles sale. It was in rather good shape other than a very tarry rim with a few visible dents. The stampings were crisp – the BBB 2 Star logo on the left shank, with “London Made” over “385” on the right shank. The original stem was intact, along with its own BBB logo … Continue reading A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard

Shortening a Cracked Shank on a Smokemaster Series 300

Smoke Master is a now-extinct seconds brand of briar pipe originally made by a company called Briarcraft Pipe Company. The company did well in the early 20th century but closed its doors in the 1950’s. The brand eventually ended up in the Grabow stable of brands, as outlined in this post from 2010 on PipeSmokersForum. “….I worked for Grabow/Mastercraft for 25 years. We/Grabow in fact, … Continue reading Shortening a Cracked Shank on a Smokemaster Series 300

A New Vision for a Butz-Choquin Galion 1661 Sitter

This is a story about potential and a bit of risk-taking to fulfil it. When I pulled this pipe from the refurb box, I immediately felt that it wasn’t quite living up to its potential, not necessarily as a functional pipe, but rather as an “objet d’art”. Pipes, in my mind, fall into that rare category of things that serve a simple function but can also … Continue reading A New Vision for a Butz-Choquin Galion 1661 Sitter

What the Heck is Brylon?? – A Yello Bole Standard Panel Billiard

Down near the bottom of my box of estate pipes to refurb was this Yello Bole Standard Brylon octagonal billiard. I had noticed the unique shape of the bowl when the auction lot arrived, but I figured I had better do some research before playing with this pipe too much. According to Pipedia, Brylon was invented in 1966 by the S.M. Frank & Co Ltd … Continue reading What the Heck is Brylon?? – A Yello Bole Standard Panel Billiard

Cleaning Up a Kaywoodie “500” Canted Billiard

This old Kaywoodie “500” came in a recent auction lot and arrived in fair condition for a pipe that was likely never expected to last as long as it has. On the other hand, the 500 and 600 lines from Kaywoodie were cheap, low-end pipes manufactured between 1959 and 1967, so perhaps my specific 500 wasn’t doing too badly for its age. It did have a … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Kaywoodie “500” Canted Billiard