Rehabilitating a Well-Used Nino Rossi Sterling Spigot 167

Having served in the Canadian Forces Reserve during my university days, I’m a big fan of all things Army, including military mount pipes, so when this Nino Rossi Sterling 167 hit my worktable, I was quite excited to see what lay under the layers of tar and tarnish. This pipe was obviously a favourite of its previous owner, and it showed all the hallmarks of … Continue reading Rehabilitating a Well-Used Nino Rossi Sterling Spigot 167

Restoring a Very Special Six-Day Set of Stanwell Pipes of the Year

Many pipe producers release an annual Pipe of the Year – a limited-run pipe in a distinct shape and finish representing the very best a pipemaker can produce each year. Coming from a highly regarded and skilled producer like Stanwell, these Pipes of the Year are top-notch pipes and highly collectible, so I was very excited to find no less than six Stanwell Pipes of … Continue reading Restoring a Very Special Six-Day Set of Stanwell Pipes of the Year

Freshening an Andreas Bauer Gourd Calabash

Sharp-eyed readers will have picked out this Gourd Calabash pipe in the picture of my recent estate lot purchase. Hollywood has ensured that the Calabash will be forever linked to the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and indeed many Holmes fans buy a Calabash pipe just to display next to their Arthur Conan Doyle book collection. The Gourd Calabash, sustained as it is by Sherlock … Continue reading Freshening an Andreas Bauer Gourd Calabash

Common Pipe Problems: Gagging the Gurgle

Gurgles can be good. The burbling of a mountain brook is a pleasant, peaceful sound. Listening to the water splashing over rocks while lounging in the spreading shade of a willow on a sunny summer day can be positively therapeutic. Gurgles can be fun. Witness the sheer joy of children as they frolic in the playful spray of a splash park. Gurgles can even be … Continue reading Common Pipe Problems: Gagging the Gurgle

Showcasing an Unsmoked Delacour Meerschaum & Amber Bulldog

Finding an interesting old pipe is always a thrill for me, but finding a well-made vintage pipe that has survived in as-new, unsmoked condition is a real treat. This Delacour meerschaum and amber bulldog was part of the estate collection I acquired recently. There were a few other meers in the box, which I hope to be able to share with you soon, but I … Continue reading Showcasing an Unsmoked Delacour Meerschaum & Amber Bulldog

OMG, What a GOC! Freshening a GOC President Freehand

This beautiful GOC President freehand pipe is one of a handful of non-Danish pipes I received in my recent estate lot purchase, hailing instead from St. Claude, France. It was an eye-catcher right out of the box with its gracefully flowing shape and horn shank extension. I wondered at first whether this might be a French attempt at a Bo Nordh Ramses shape , but … Continue reading OMG, What a GOC! Freshening a GOC President Freehand

Where’s the Cornet Section? – Restoring a Stanwell Brass Band #25

OK, it’s not THAT kind of brass band, but this Stanwell Brass Band 25 Freehand is almost as much fun. This is the second pipe I’ve cleaned up from what I’ve taken to calling The Stanwell Lot, a collection of mostly-Danish pipes from an estate outside of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This Brass Band arrived on my worktable looking a little worn – well-loved, mind you, … Continue reading Where’s the Cornet Section? – Restoring a Stanwell Brass Band #25