The Burn Unit – Reclaiming a Scavenged Danish Sovereign Rhodesian

Hunting for estate pipes to refurbish has its ups and downs. Back in the heyday 1950s and 60s, almost every man had a pipe somewhere, which created a steady supply of pipes needing repair. Nowadays we refurbishers must be more adventurous, wading through the flotsam and jetsam of antique shops, second-hand stores and estate sales to find our quarry. I find antiques & collectibles sales … Continue reading The Burn Unit – Reclaiming a Scavenged Danish Sovereign Rhodesian

Moving to a New Domain

Hi everyone. A quick note of apology for anyone trying to view the site between about 8:30PM and 9:00PM EST this evening (26 Jan). I’ve made the bold move of registering dadspipes.com as the new URL for the blog. The good folks at WordPress are still hosting the site, and will redirect any visitors using the old (and much more cumbersome) dadspipes.wordpress.com URL. Rest assured … Continue reading Moving to a New Domain

Smartening Up an English Kaywoodie Standard

This is the first refurbishment of a half dozen pipes my older daughter and I found at a local antique sale recently. The clover logo on the stem clearly identified the pipe as a Kaywoodie, but it was only at home under better lighting that we spotted the “Made in England” stamp on the right side of the shank. There’s not much information out there … Continue reading Smartening Up an English Kaywoodie Standard

A Quick Budget Tamper Project

Tampers are an often overlooked yet essential part of pipe paraphernalia. We fuss and argue over matches, lighters, pouches, bags, racks and stands but no one really seems to get that fired up over a tamper. Perhaps it’s because just about anything can be used as a pipe tamper as long as it meets certain basic criteria – it must be long enough to hold … Continue reading A Quick Budget Tamper Project

A Bulldog with a Concussion – Emergency Surgery for a Brigham 526

They say that wait times at your local hospital Emergency Room are bad, but I think this case proves that some victims wait longer than others. The patient in question had obviously been lingering between life and death for some time before I encountered it on my operating table. The question was could I save it? I acquired this Brigham 526 Bent Bulldog through a … Continue reading A Bulldog with a Concussion – Emergency Surgery for a Brigham 526

Reviving a Tired Patent Era Brigham 302

I had the opportunity to add this Patent Era (1938-1955) Brigham 302 billiard to my collection recently. The online auction listing by an Ontario antique dealer described the pipe as in “great used condition”. The pics, though darker and more shadowy than I would have deemed acceptable in one of my sales, looked ok, so I took a chance and managed to submit the winning … Continue reading Reviving a Tired Patent Era Brigham 302

The When and Zen of Pipe Restoration

Charles Lemon lives in Eastern Canada and Steve Laug lives in Western Canada. Connecting them across the distance is a common passion for restoring old pipes. Both men find beauty and pleasure in the work of restoration, and share their work on their respective blogs. Charles started and maintains DadsPipes – exploring the art of tobacco pipe restoration and Steve started and maintains rebornpipes – … Continue reading The When and Zen of Pipe Restoration