Pinch Me – Another Stanwell Collectors Piece Pickaxe!

I purchased the estate pipe collection I’ve dubbed The Danish Lot last Spring, and have featured many of the fine pipes from that group here on DadsPipes. The vendors have stayed in touch, commenting now and again on several restorations and offering little details about the pipes and their late Uncle, the former owner. I recently received an email from them. They had come across … Continue reading Pinch Me – Another Stanwell Collectors Piece Pickaxe!

Resuscitating a Stanwell Reg’d No. Brazilia 85 Bent Billiard with a Broken Horn

There is still a handful of pipes from the Danish Lot I purchased last Spring waiting for my attention. We’ve already seen one example of a Stanwell Brazilia from this estate collection; here’s the second of three pipes from this series I’ll be restoring. This Brazilia is a Shape 85 Bent Billiard with a few more years on it that the Shape 19 I posted previously. It … Continue reading Resuscitating a Stanwell Reg’d No. Brazilia 85 Bent Billiard with a Broken Horn

Re-Stemming an Unsmoked 1980’s Brigham Sportsman Author

I was presented with this gift by fellow piper and blogger David Wilson of Home Grown Hobbies at the last pipe club meeting a few weeks ago. He had found this Brigham stummel at an antique shop near him and thought I could do something with it. The semi-finished briar is a Brigham Sportsman circa 1980s. It is stamped only with “Brigham” over “Canada”. No … Continue reading Re-Stemming an Unsmoked 1980’s Brigham Sportsman Author

Rescuing a Derelict Corn Cob Pipe

I haven’t paid all that much attention to corn cob pipes; I generally find briar and meerschaum more compelling materials from which to create a smoking companion. This time, however, I felt like changing things up a bit. I’d had this old cob for some time, acquired as part of a jumble sale purchase. I’d never smoked it nor given it any real consideration before now. … Continue reading Rescuing a Derelict Corn Cob Pipe

My Dremel Polishing Techniques with a No-Name pipe from Sozopol Bulgaria

Originally posted on rebornpipes:
Blog by Dal Stanton My reaction to Steve’s request that I write a step by step procedure of how I use a Dremel in my restorations was, “Who, me?  Uh….”  When he said that I was the only one that he knew of that uses a Dremel for the entire buffing/polishing process and that my results were up there with high… Continue reading My Dremel Polishing Techniques with a No-Name pipe from Sozopol Bulgaria

In Praise of International Cooperation – Cleaning Up a Large Harcourt Grade D Freehand by Preben Holm for Dunhill

By all accounts, the Danish Fancy pipe boom of the late 1960s and 1970s caught the great English pipe house of Dunhill unprepared. Dunhill was unable to produce the new Freehand shapes in-house, so if the firm was to capitalize on the surging demand for Danish pipes, it would have to look elsewhere. The answer came in the form of a contract with the Preben Holm … Continue reading In Praise of International Cooperation – Cleaning Up a Large Harcourt Grade D Freehand by Preben Holm for Dunhill

Restoring a Cracked Chacom 296 Canadian

I came across this Chacom 296 Canadian pipe at a local antique market, and though it was in rough shape, it had a few things going for it in my mind. First was the unique leather pipe case it came in that featured a snap closure just like Grandma’s change purse. The case is unmarked, so I don’t know if it is original to the … Continue reading Restoring a Cracked Chacom 296 Canadian