First Group Tobacco Review – Dunhill Standard Mixture

A fun group exercise –  a collective tasting and review from the Briars & Bull Pipe Club. The Briars & Bull Pipe Club makes our first bold foray, for good or ill, into the contentious world of pipe tobacco reviews with this post. At our February meeting last weekend we undertook as … Source: First Group Tobacco Review – Dunhill Standard Mixture Continue reading First Group Tobacco Review – Dunhill Standard Mixture

IPSD Starter Sets for The Boys

February 20th is International Pipe Smoking Day! This is the perfect day for all pipers to be loud and proud about our pipe smoking hobby, so get out there and do your bit to support and encourage pipers everywhere! As February 20th in Canada tends to be a little on the nippy side, I decided this year to do my pipe proselytizing by mail. The … Continue reading IPSD Starter Sets for The Boys

The English Patient – Repair & Restoration of a 1918-1921 Dunhill Shell Briar

An email pinged into my inbox a few weeks ago, sent by a fellow member of the Briars & Bull Pipe Club here in Kitchener. He had, he said, an old Dunhill pipe he’d like to have cleaned up, and would I be interested in tackling the project for him? I said yes, of course, and soon after I had the patient in hand. The owner … Continue reading The English Patient – Repair & Restoration of a 1918-1921 Dunhill Shell Briar

Refreshing a Comoy’s King’s Ransom Bent Dublin

This King’s Ransom pipe is another from my recent haul of estate pipes at a local antique market. It is stamped “King’s Ransom” over “London Made” on the top of the shank, and “604” on the bottom. Unfamiliar with this marque, and finding nothing online, I emailed Steve Laug of RebornPipes, who linked me to the Comoy’s of London pipe shape chart at Pipedia.org. According to … Continue reading Refreshing a Comoy’s King’s Ransom Bent Dublin

Re-Stemming a Repatriated Patent Era Brigham 273 Panel Billiard

This pipe came to me via a recent eBay auction all the way from Israel. I usually try to stay a bit closer to home in my buying, but the prospect of adding a new Patent Era pipe shape to my Brigham collection had my mouse hand clicking “Bid Now” on this one. The seller had taken some decent pictures, and the pipe appeared to … Continue reading Re-Stemming a Repatriated Patent Era Brigham 273 Panel Billiard

Researching and Reviving a Peter Piper by GBD

This pipe restoration was a bit of a challenge, though not for the reason you might think. The refurb work was actually very straightforward and went smoothly but for one bump in the road. The challenge here rested in deciphering the brand information and tracking down the maker. The pipe is a straight Dublin shape. I received it in decent estate condition, all things considered. … Continue reading Researching and Reviving a Peter Piper by GBD