Rescuing a Cracked & Beaten 1960 Dunhill Shell Briar 142 Dublin

When it comes to the regular care and feeding of one’s pipes, it seems that pipe smokers can be divided into one of two camps – those who treat their pipes well and those that do not. In the first camp you will find people who clean their briar, meer or cob before it blocks up with tar, those who trim the carbon in their … Continue reading Rescuing a Cracked & Beaten 1960 Dunhill Shell Briar 142 Dublin

“Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin

One fun side effect of cataloging my pipes in support of the Brigham Shape Chart project was that I learned which pipe shapes I owned already, and by extension, which shapes I did not have in the collection. So I was pleased when this Brigham 287 showed up in a recent estate purchase. This 2-Dot Bent Dublin fills in one more spot in my growing … Continue reading “Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin

Surprises While Refreshing a Peterson “Aboriginal Finish” Meerschaum 80S

I found this Peterson meerschaum pipe during a recent visit to an antiques mall about an hour’s drive from my house. I hear stories of antique shops seemingly overflowing with estate pipes, but in my neck of the woods, the pipe hunt is often more of a feast-or-famine game. Many times I don’t come across a single pipe in a shop, or the pipes that … Continue reading Surprises While Refreshing a Peterson “Aboriginal Finish” Meerschaum 80S

The Completely Unofficial Brigham Pipes Shape Chart v0.1 Beta Release

Here it is, folks – the first draft of the Brigham Pipes Shape Chart! Note that is really is a DRAFT release, compiled in large part from my own collection, submissions from other Brigham owners, and a few old catalogs. There are still a great many gaps to fill to complete the project, so if you have one of the “missing Brighams” in your rack, … Continue reading The Completely Unofficial Brigham Pipes Shape Chart v0.1 Beta Release

Reviving a Kaywoodie Flame Grain 13B Author

I pulled this old Kaywoodie out of the refurb box a little while ago and left it on the corner of my desk for a while before starting the restoration. The pipe is a lovely Author shape, slightly chubby, with an elegant half bend. It is stamped “KAYWOODIE” over “Flame Grain” over “Imported Briar” on the left side of the shank, and carries a shape … Continue reading Reviving a Kaywoodie Flame Grain 13B Author