Estate pipes have become increasingly popular over the last five or six years, and with that rise in popularity among pipe smokers and collectors has also come an increased interest in estate pipe restoration. Sometimes DIY restorations go very well indeed, but other times even experienced restorers can have things go wrong. When that happens,… Continue reading Repairing the Repairs on an Early 19th Century KB Bent Bulldog
The DadsPipes Stocking Stuffer Estate Pipe Sale will take place Saturday, November 19th from 9am - 5pm Eastern! A range of estate pipes will be on offer as well as some vintage pipe racks and unique accessories. A perfect opportunity to find something special for the pipe smoker or collector in your life at the… Continue reading Estate Pipe Sale Tomorrow!
After taking on a number of more complicated restorations lately, it was a nice change to see this Charatan's Make Special cross the worktable. An estate purchase for its current steward, the pipe was sent directly to DadsPipes for a good cleanup to get it ready for active service after an indeterminant period in storage.… Continue reading A Quick Refresh for a Charatan’s Make Special Chubby Pot
The DadsPipes Stocking Stuffer Estate Pipe Sale will take place Saturday, November 19th from 9am - 5pm Eastern! A range of estate pipes will be on offer as well as some vintage pipe racks and unique accessories. A perfect opportunity to find something special for the pipe smoker or collector in your life at the… Continue reading Mark Your Calendars!
Accidents can happen to anyone, and mishaps seem most likely to strike when you're least expecting them. That was certainly the case for today's pipe restoration project. This 2002 Dunhill Amber Root 3208 Bent Bulldog fell out of its steward's pocket while he made the rounds of his farm north of Kingston, Ontario. Unfortunately, it… Continue reading Salvaging a Hog-Chewed Dunhill Amber Root 3208
In modern times it would be difficult to think of anything that has benefitted the pipe smoking community more than the advent of the internet. Indeed, while there has been a pipe renaissance of sorts over the last five years or so, the number of pipe smokers and collectors remains a relatively tiny percentage of… Continue reading Cleanup and a New Hand Cut Ebonite Stem for a 1968 Dunhill LB
Half the fun of doing pipe repairs and restorations is seeing what arrives in the mail. Many pieces sent in for refurbishment date from the 1960s and forward, while every now and again a real antique crossed my bench. This 1906 Peterson Bent Billiard Meerschaum is just one such example. Like many pipes from this… Continue reading A New Stem and a Refresh for a 1906 Peterson Patent Meerschaum
One of the perks of doing what I do here at DadsPipes is having the opportunity to work on some very high end artisan-grade pipes that I cannot afford to buy for my own rack and rotation. One example is this lovely Danish hand made S. Bang that was sent to me for repair. As… Continue reading A Hand Cut Eldritch Resin Stem for a Lovely S. Bang Pipe
They say that the only constant in life is change, and that holds true here at DadsPipes as much as it does everywhere else. When I launched this site almost eight years ago, the sale of restored estate pipes was a much more prominent part of daily business. Over time, however, the balance has shifted… Continue reading Changes to Estate Pipe Sales
I always enjoy working on family heirloom pipes, and this Dunhill Shell Briar Pot, passed down to the current steward from his father, certainly fits the bill. As you can see from this first series of images, the pipe was in need of some TLC when it arrived on the bench. Like many much loved… Continue reading A New Stem for a 1960’s Dunhill Shell Briar Pot