Refreshing a Karl Erik Grade 2 Freehand Sitter

My apologies on the wait for this post. I had hoped to get it done before our family vacation but there you have it. This one is for all you Danish Freehand pipe fans. The Danes invented Freehand pipes and have proven to be darned good at it. This example is a Karl Erik pipe, stamped “Karl Erik” over “Handmade in Denmark” over “2”. The … Continue reading Refreshing a Karl Erik Grade 2 Freehand Sitter

Quick Cleanup of a Tulip Meerschaum Sitter

This medium sized bent meerschaum is the third of five meers from my recent estate lot purchase. It is much smaller than the Egg & Claw meer I wrote about here, but I think many pipers will appreciate its more manageable dimensions. The pipe is carved from a single block of meerschaum in a tulip (rosebud?) and leaf design. A foot at the base of … Continue reading Quick Cleanup of a Tulip Meerschaum Sitter

It’s DadsPipes First Anniversary!

Hi everyone! It was a little over twelve months ago that I uploaded the very first post to DadsPipes, which has proven to be the Little Blog That Could. Since then it has racked up 120 posts (this one is #121) and over 35,000 views! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read the blog, post comments and feedback, and share their … Continue reading It’s DadsPipes First Anniversary!

An Experiment in Rehydration – a 1970’s Era Middleton’s Cherry Blend

Several months back I picked up an odd lot of “pipe tobacciana” from an erstwhile local collector. It contained a half dozen or so basket pipes, a Decatur pipe rack and two old pipe tobacco tins – a ubiquitous Prince Albert pocket tin, and a 7 oz sized tub of Middleton’s Cherry Blend. The Prince Albert tin was empty, but the Middleton’s tin turned out … Continue reading An Experiment in Rehydration – a 1970’s Era Middleton’s Cherry Blend

Cleaning and Waxing a Large Egg & Claw Meerschaum

This is the second of five meerschaum pipes I acquired as part of my last estate lot purchase. The first meer from that collection was an unsmoked turn-of-the-20th-cenury Delacour meerschaum and amber bulldog I wrote about here. Being unsmoked, the bulldog was an easy pipe to prepare for a new owner; this intricately carved Egg & Claw meer would take a little more effort. The … Continue reading Cleaning and Waxing a Large Egg & Claw Meerschaum