And Then There Were Three – Adding another Norseman to the Collection

They say life happens in threes, and I’m inclined to believe them, especially when it comes to my collection of vintage Brigham pipes. Not long ago I wrote about finding and restoring a pair of late 1970’s Brigham Norseman pipes, the first of that series to cross my path. The Norseman pipes were the rusticated brothers of the Brigham Valhalla series pipes; both lines, which … Continue reading And Then There Were Three – Adding another Norseman to the Collection

Sometimes Easy is Better – Restoring a Worn Ivarsson-Designed Stanwell RegD No Silver S 09

This Stanwell is one of the five additional pipes I purchased from the family that sold me the Danish Lot estate collection last spring. Presumably, these pipes were the go-to companions for their previous owner; keeping them in a quality leather pipe bag indicates a desire to have this selection of pipes close at hand. The condition of this Stanwell Silver S when it arrived … Continue reading Sometimes Easy is Better – Restoring a Worn Ivarsson-Designed Stanwell RegD No Silver S 09

Que Bella! Reviving a Savinelli Punto Oro Mister G 920KS

The Savinelli company has been famous for its quality pipes almost since its inception in 1876. Indeed, the Punto Oro series of classically shaped pipes were designed to compete head-on with those of English rival Alfred Dunhill, and carry a brass pin or “golden dot” on the stem in the same place as Dunhill’s famous White Spot. The Mister G line of pipes is a … Continue reading Que Bella! Reviving a Savinelli Punto Oro Mister G 920KS

Quick Cleanup of a Stanwell Hand Cut Bamboo Sitter

A lot of estate pipes require a fair amount of effort and energy to move from Thrift Store Decoration to Favourite Smoker or Prime Collectible. Every now and again, though, you stumble across one that seems to clean itself as the restoration work goes so smoothly. This Stanwell Bamboo was just such a pipe for me, accommodating at every stage of the cleanup. It’s a … Continue reading Quick Cleanup of a Stanwell Hand Cut Bamboo Sitter

Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Free Canada-Wide Shipping

The Holiday Season is upon us once more, replete with food, parties, family gatherings and the perennial hunt for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. To make your gift giving a little bit easier, the DadsPipes Store is now offering Free Canada-Wide Shipping until December 20th. That’s right, free shipping, anywhere in Canada reachable by standard mail. (If you’re in an ice … Continue reading Holiday Shopping Made Easy with Free Canada-Wide Shipping

Old Pipes, Like Old Soldiers, Carry Their Scars with Pride – Rehabilitating a Well-Used Savinelli Nonpareil 9107

As the saying goes, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” I guess the same could be said for old pipes – they too are called to action, do their jobs uncomplainingly and are required to put up with a lot more BS than the average civilian. I suppose both also like to stand in orderly ranks for inspection between tours of duty! This … Continue reading Old Pipes, Like Old Soldiers, Carry Their Scars with Pride – Rehabilitating a Well-Used Savinelli Nonpareil 9107

Undue Haste Leads to Shank Repair on an Old Meerschaum Billiard

I found this somewhat battered meerschaum billiard at a local antique sale recently. It’s unmarked, so I can’t even begin to guess at who made it, but the Bakelite stem with orifice style opening puts the year of production somewhere between 1907 (the year Bakelite was invented) and the late 1920’s when orific stems were phased out of use. Apart from some surface scratches, stains … Continue reading Undue Haste Leads to Shank Repair on an Old Meerschaum Billiard