Family Heirloom Comes in From the Cold

It’s officially Winter, and as the cold takes hold here in Southern Ontario, here is a pipe story that is sure to warm the heart. It involves a long-lost pipe, a walk in the pasture and a clever fellow who recognized a unique opportunity to secure the perfect gift for a hard-to-buy-for family member. I was contacted by a DadsPipes reader with a restoration request. … Continue reading Family Heirloom Comes in From the Cold

A Very Nice Birthday Surprise from Pipedia.org

I celebrated my 45th birthday yesterday with family and friends. It was a great day, made even better by an email I received just as dinner was coming to an end. Scott Thile at Pipedia.org contacted me with a request to reproduce some of my posts here on DadsPipes as articles on the Pipedia wiki. That was an unexpected birthday surprise! I could think of no … Continue reading A Very Nice Birthday Surprise from Pipedia.org

Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian

I spotted this Patent Era Brigham 390 Canadian pipe on eBay and being the Brigham junkie that I am, I could not resist bidding. The listing was very scant on information and photos, but made mention of a chip/dent from a possible fall. When the pipe arrived in the mail, I had a chance to give it a good once-over, and was not disappointed. The pipe … Continue reading Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian

African Meerschaum Poker Churchwarden Conversion

I picked up this meerschaum Poker on eBay from a fellow Canadian seller. I like to buy “local” pipes where possible for the glimpse it gives me of pipe history in towns and cities across the country. It’s also nice to deal in domestic currency every now and again! The stummel, which was in very good shape when it arrived, is carved from African meerschaum, … Continue reading African Meerschaum Poker Churchwarden Conversion

Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked 1969 Dunhill Tanshell “K” Apple

I stumbled across this Dunhill Tanshell on eBay near the end of the auction period. The (relatively) low bid price told me that there was probably something significantly wrong with the pipe, the auction listing, or both. Curious, I read through the auction description, which was almost ridiculously brief, but accurate as far as it went: “Dunhill Tanshell Estate Pipe of the Apple “K” model with a … Continue reading Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked 1969 Dunhill Tanshell “K” Apple