A Typical Estate Pipe Refurb – Cleaning Up a Brigham 384 Bent Brandy

Before anyone says it, no, there’s really no such thing as a “typical” estate pipe cleanup; just like home renovations, you never really know what you’re getting into until you open up a wall. That said, I think this particular refurbishment is fairly representative of the type of work required to take a reasonably well-treated, new-to-you estate pipe from dust collector to front porch companion. … Continue reading A Typical Estate Pipe Refurb – Cleaning Up a Brigham 384 Bent Brandy

Dressing up a no name Walnut Billiard

Originally posted on rebornpipes:
Blog by Steve Laug My brother Jeff found this homemade no name Walnut Billiard on eBay and was drawn to it. He has sent me more panel pipes than I have ever bought myself… the funny thing is that I am starting to really like them. This one is quite unique and almost a folk-art piece. It is a panel but… Continue reading Dressing up a no name Walnut Billiard

Re-Stemming Grandpa’s Sabra Israel Apple

This pipe was sent to me by a fellow member of the Canadian Cigar Forum. It had been his grandfather’s, and the owner wanted to be able to use it. The problem, I was told, was that the tenon had been broken at some point in the past. The remaining stem had been cut down to create a new tenon, but the resulting new stem … Continue reading Re-Stemming Grandpa’s Sabra Israel Apple

Banding a Cracked Shank on a Truly Filthy Alpha Enterprise Chubby Bulldog

I spotted this Alpha pipe on eBay and managed to submit the winning bid at a price reflective of the pipe’s condition. It’s always nice when that works out. I think most other bidders were put off by the euphemistically described “hairline” crack running about 3/8” up the shank from the mortise, but as I had recently stocked up on repair bands, I figured I … Continue reading Banding a Cracked Shank on a Truly Filthy Alpha Enterprise Chubby Bulldog

Spring Cleaning for a Brigham 189 Acorn

I acquired this late-1970s/early 1980s vintage Brigham 189 Acorn pipe at a recent auction. It’s on the larger size as far as Brigham pipes go, and I knew right away that it would feel great in the hand. The auction pictures weren’t the greatest, as it seems is so often the case, but the pipe looked to be in good shape, with just a bit … Continue reading Spring Cleaning for a Brigham 189 Acorn

Improving a no name basket pipe

Originally posted on Baccy Pipes:
I actually got this pipe back around summer of 2014 when i first started refurbishing and repairing pipes. It was gifted to be by a member on the Dr.Grabow Collectors Forum. I was giving a few pipes by him that he did not want or use . I did not have many pipes at the time so the gifts were… Continue reading Improving a no name basket pipe

A Crack Pinning Tutorial

Pipe forums and other discussion groups are full of posts asking about crack repairs, especially to pipe bowls. Bowl cracks are generally the result of either accident, abuse or neglect – accidental drops or impacts can crack the wood, as can outright abuse like whacking the pipe against a hard surface to knock dottle out of the bowl. Cracks caused by neglect are usually due … Continue reading A Crack Pinning Tutorial