Shank Rescue on a 1990’s Era Brigham 424 Bent Billiard

I have worked on a lot of Brigham pipes over the last year, and posted most of them here on the DadsPipes blog. I’m trying to maintain some sort of balance to my regular posts as to avoid becoming “the Brigham blog”, but I do love them and tend to buy them for myself whenever I come across one at an estate sale or antique … Continue reading Shank Rescue on a 1990’s Era Brigham 424 Bent Billiard

Two Years, Two Hundred Posts and the Power of Online Communities

Time flies when you’re having fun! Two years and two hundred posts ago, I started this little pipe blog called DadsPipes as a personal project to record the clean-up of my father’s modest collection of pipes. I figured if anyone read it, great! And if not, no harm done. Well, people DID read it, and kept reading it, and I’m very grateful that they did. … Continue reading Two Years, Two Hundred Posts and the Power of Online Communities

Quick Clean Up of a Brigham 341 Medium Bent Acorn

This Brigham Bent Acorn came to me in an estate lot purchase some time ago. I pulled it from my refurb box the other day and decided that it was time to give it a freshening up. It’s an interesting pipe in a number of ways – smaller than a lot of my Brigs, I’d put this in the “Brigham Medium” size category. The bowl … Continue reading Quick Clean Up of a Brigham 341 Medium Bent Acorn

Salvaging a Hard Used Regis Super Grain 139 Billiard

It’s been a while since I worked on a pipe like this. This Regis Billiard is a good example of the sort of estate pipe commonly found at antique fairs and flea markets. A little worn, a little gouged, with a bowl full of cake and a stem that doesn’t fit quite properly. Perhaps there’s some other damage lurking about that will pop up later. … Continue reading Salvaging a Hard Used Regis Super Grain 139 Billiard

Announcing the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart Project

Hi everyone, I’m putting out this short mid-week post to announce a new project – the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart! Over its 100-plus years of production, Brigham has put out a boggling array of pipe shapes from classic Billiards and Bulldogs to Freehands and more exotic experimental pipes. This means that there’s almost always a new shape to add to the collection, but how do … Continue reading Announcing the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart Project

Cleaning up an Interesting 1960’s Brigham 122L Twin-Bore Poker

Before I came across this pipe, the only Poker in my Brigham collection was one that I had inherited from my father. I prefer to view those pipes as keepsakes rather than smokers, so I was happy to come across this Standard grade 1-Dot poker in a lot of pipes I purchased from a local piper. The pipe was in fairly good estate condition when … Continue reading Cleaning up an Interesting 1960’s Brigham 122L Twin-Bore Poker