I acquired this poker-sitter in a recent estate lot purchase. It arrived on my worktable with a few issues, and I’d find a few more surprises before the refurbishment was complete. A dense, uneven cake lined the bowl and a fairly thick layer of lava covered the rim, but not quite enough to conceal some deep knocking dents around the front left edge of the … Continue reading Reviving a John Redman Ltd Canberra Poker Sitter
I felt like a kid at Christmas today as I unwrapped my latest estate pipe purchases the lovely people at Canada Post delivered to my door. Pipes, pipes and more pipes, 36 in all, from the 1960s through 1990s and mostly Danish in origin, including pipes by Stanwell, Soren & Karl Erik. A handful of carved meerschaum pipes, two Calabashes and a few Savinellis rounded … Continue reading Drowning in Danish Pipes
This old Brigham is the pipe I used when writing up my previous post on fixing common stem issues. To paraphrase the late Paul Harvey, here is the rest of the story. – Charles I spotted this old Brigham in a mixed lot of mostly basket pipes I bought recently. As many of you know, I’ve got a soft spot for these Canadian pipes, made … Continue reading Restoring a Patent Era Brigham 232 Saddle Billiard
A little while back, I wrote up a blog entry on fixing two stem fit problems that crop up regularly – a too-loose stem, and a too-tight stem. Today I’d like to spotlight another common, and completely avoidable, stem problem that I deal with regularly when restoring estate pipes, namely the issue of a stem that won’t seat flush against the end of the pipe’s … Continue reading Fixing Another Common Stem Fit Issue – Stem to Shank
Hi everyone. This is a quick note to let everyone know that DadsPipes is now on Facebook! You can find the new page, including the DadsPipes Store at http://www.facebook.com/dadspipesstore. Pop by, take a look and if you like the page, Like the page! (We know how much people like to Like things. You’re welcome.) Continue reading DadsPipes Now on Facebook
After working on the sandblasted English Kaywoodie La Roche 729 Dublin written about here, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a Comoy’s 623 shape to confirm or disprove my theory that the two pipes share more than a passing amount of DNA. When this Comoy’s Skipper came up on eBay, I placed my bid and held on like an angry badger to make sure … Continue reading A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Comoy’s Skipper 623
Hi folks, I am happy to announce the opening of the Official DadsPipes Estate Pipe Store right here on the InterWeb! I can’t possibly smoke every pipe I refurbish, so I’m making them available to you. I’ll be adding pipes to the catalog as I have them ready, so check in regularly to see what’s new. If you’re looking for a specific pipe or style … Continue reading New DadsPipes Store!