Happy Birthday to Me – Restoring a Brigham 565

My affection for vintage Brigham pipes is evident to anyone browsing this blog. Many of my restored Brighams have been showcased on the site, and I own more Brigham pipes than any other brand (currently 15 of the 55 or so pipes in my man-cave), ranging from run-of-the-mill 1-Dot Standards through to top-of-the-line Presidential Freehands. There is, however, a gap in my collection at the … Continue reading Happy Birthday to Me – Restoring a Brigham 565

Taking a Swing at Reconstructing and Refurbishing an old CPF Meerschaum Bulldog

Originally posted on rebornpipes:
Blog by Steve Laug In a previous post where I wrote about repairing the overturned stem on the CPF Bulldog for Michael I referred to a Meerschaum Bulldog that he sent to me as a gift project. I had no idea what he meant about that until I took it out of the box and started checking it out. It really… Continue reading Taking a Swing at Reconstructing and Refurbishing an old CPF Meerschaum Bulldog

Rescuing a Tinderbox Monza Horn – Restemming and Refinishing

Originally posted on rebornpipes:
Blog by Steve Laug Another of the pipes that my brother Jeff sent me was a horn shaped pipe that was stamped Tinderbox Made in Italy in a circle with Monza in the centre of the circle. It is stamped on the underside of the shank. The shape is quite unique. The bowl had around 10-12 fills in it that went… Continue reading Rescuing a Tinderbox Monza Horn – Restemming and Refinishing

Reviving a Family Era Hardcastle’s Jack O’London Blasted Billard

I managed to squeeze one more restoration in before heading away for a bit of Christmas R & R with the family. The pipe was sent to me by a fellow member of the Brothers of Briar pipe forum. He had been given this old Hardcastle but needed the stem repaired before he could use it. I offered to help, and before too long, the pipe … Continue reading Reviving a Family Era Hardcastle’s Jack O’London Blasted Billard

Tobacco Review – Savinelli Brunello Flake

 – Originally posted on Confessions of a Pipe Smoker. “An impeccably structured blend. Featuring a foundation of sweet, tangy Virginias and cool burning Burleys, a dash of Macedonian leaf is added to round out the mixture and add a hint of the exotic. The different leafs are then aged as one, in order to marry and harmonize flavor, prior to being pressed into a tantalizing … Continue reading Tobacco Review – Savinelli Brunello Flake

Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

Here we go with another bulldog! I don’t really know how I managed to acquire yet another example of this classic pipe shape, but there you have it. This one is a BBB 2-Star straight bulldog that arrived in pretty good shape. The rim was tarred and had a few small dings around the edge, and there were three or four dents around the outside … Continue reading Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

Stem Repair on a Grabow Golden Duke Wire-Carved Dublin

I’ve worked on quite a few bulldog pipes recently, so it was a refreshing change to reach into the refurb box and pull out this Dr Grabow Golden Duke. It’s a larger pipe, measuring 6” long with a 2” tall bowl and a 7/8” bore. The bowl has the classic Dublin inverted-cone shape, flaring gently from 1-1/8” at the base to 1-3/8″ at the rim. … Continue reading Stem Repair on a Grabow Golden Duke Wire-Carved Dublin