A New Coat for a Big-Ben Bent Bulldog

I acquired this Dutch-made bent bulldog from Steve Laug of RebornPipes in a recent trade. It was in pretty good shape to start, which is a nice change from some of the estate pipes in my refurb box. It is stamped “Big-Ben” over “Grand Seigneur” on the left face of the diamond shank, and “15479S” over “Made in Holland” on the right shank. The stem … Continue reading A New Coat for a Big-Ben Bent Bulldog

Quick Refurb of a Comoy’s The Everyman Saddle Pot

I snagged this Comoy’s “The Everyman” pipe in a recent eBay auction. It was listed simply as a “Made in London estate pipe”, so the bids were few and I got it for a good price. In fact, I was the only bidder – my kind of auction! As the listing pics below show, the pipe appeared to be in decent used shape – dirty, to be … Continue reading Quick Refurb of a Comoy’s The Everyman Saddle Pot

How a Real Dad’s Pipe and Some Old Phone Numbers Helped Date an Unexpected Trove of Historical Brigham Pipe Info

I recently had the opportunity to investigate a small collection of vintage Brigham Pipes advertisements that came to me from one of my brothers, along with one of my dad’s Brigham pipes that my brother wanted me to clean up for him. I wrote about the pipe refurb itself here; in this post I’d like to take a closer look at the Brigham advertising. First … Continue reading How a Real Dad’s Pipe and Some Old Phone Numbers Helped Date an Unexpected Trove of Historical Brigham Pipe Info

Freshening a Regis Super Grain Squashed Bulldog

This squashed bulldog was a very unprepossessing pipe when I pulled it from my refurb box. Dirty, dusty, and coloured a uniform dull grey/brown. I couldn’t tell if the lumpy irregular look to the stummel was due to exuberant sandblasting or wretched neglect, the stem was oxidized and had a fair bit of tooth chatter, especially at the button. The stem to shank fit was … Continue reading Freshening a Regis Super Grain Squashed Bulldog

A Real DadsPipe – Cleaning Up My Father’s Brigham 203 Billiard

My father died in an accident back in 1975 when my brothers and I were just kids. He was a pipe smoker, with a modest collection started with a humble One-Dot Brigham billiard back in the late 1950’s. He must have liked it well enough, because by the early 1970’s the bulk of his pipes were Brighams, interspersed with a few meers. When we got … Continue reading A Real DadsPipe – Cleaning Up My Father’s Brigham 203 Billiard

Challenge Accepted – The Frankenpipe Mark I

A week ago, I published this post about my first “spare parts pipe” build, after which I was challenged by Steve Laug of RebornPipes to up the ante and create a pipe using three or more parts from other pipes. Not one to walk away from a thrown gauntlet, I accepted the challenge and started rummaging around in my parts boxes to see what I … Continue reading Challenge Accepted – The Frankenpipe Mark I

A Whiff of Smoke and a Heartfelt Thanks to All Who Serve

Remembrance Day is a special day of reflection for me. My family has a long history of military service – I was a Canadian Forces reservist during my university days in Kingston, Ontario. Both my parents served in the RCAF in the 1950’s. My grandfather was a Royal Canadian Corps of Signals despatch rider in WWII, running his Army-issue Triumph motorcycle  up the length of … Continue reading A Whiff of Smoke and a Heartfelt Thanks to All Who Serve