The Repair I Should Have Done – Revisiting an Old Meerschaum Billiard

Back in November of last year, I wrote about a meerschaum billiard with a loose bone tenon joint. The threads in the meerschaum shank had worn and the tenon could no longer get a firm grip on the stummel. My solution at the time was to build up the threads on the tenon with CA glue to tighten up the fit and correct the over-clocked … Continue reading The Repair I Should Have Done – Revisiting an Old Meerschaum Billiard

A Bevy of Brighams Part I

Anyone who has glanced at this site knows I am a long-standing fan of Brigham pipes, especially those made in Toronto, Canada before production moved to Italy and France after 2001. Knowing my pipe predilections, then, it will not be surprising to anyone that when I had the opportunity to acquire a small collection of mostly Brigham pipes, I took it! The pipes, seven Brigham … Continue reading A Bevy of Brighams Part I

Repairing a Near Burn-Out in an Ardor Giove Fantasy

This larger Ardor pipe belongs to a fellow pipe club member who asked me to clean it up for him. It is the first Ardor I’ve worked on, so I did a bit of research to bring myself up to speed on the brand. The company that would become Ardor Pipes was founded in 1911 by four brothers of the Rovero family in Varese, Italy. … Continue reading Repairing a Near Burn-Out in an Ardor Giove Fantasy

Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked Brigham 4 Dot Prince

I picked this Prince shaped pipe off eBay some time before Christmas. As I recall, the online photos weren’t the best quality but sufficient to show that this pipe had seen some hard use. When I brought it to the worktable, the scars of the past were obvious – the bowl was thickly caked, the rear rim was crusted over with lava, and the front … Continue reading Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked Brigham 4 Dot Prince

Rehabilitating a Well Used Savinelli Silver 604 KS Oom Paul

This Savinelli Silver 604 KS Oom Paul is another pipe I acquired at my pipe club’s Swap Meet last November. It has languished in my refurb box since then, but I finally got it to the worktable. After so many months, I had to give the pipe a good inspection to refresh my memory. This Savinelli had obviously been previously enjoyed – a few tooth dents … Continue reading Rehabilitating a Well Used Savinelli Silver 604 KS Oom Paul