Repairing Deep Tooth Dents in a 1940’s Dunhill Shell LV1 Straight Brandy

This pipe was sent to me for stem work to address some deep tooth dents. The rest of the pipe was in excellent estate condition, and arrived already  cleaned (!), which meant I could focus on the work requested. Here are pics of the pipe as I first saw it on arrival. As you can see, the finish was in great shape and the stem … Continue reading Repairing Deep Tooth Dents in a 1940’s Dunhill Shell LV1 Straight Brandy

Quick Refresh of a Brigham 454 Smooth Bent Pot

Like many collectors, I feel a little jolt of adrenaline every time I add a new pipe shape to my growing array of Brigham pipes. That jolt gets bigger when a new shape comes in a mid to high grade pipe like this Brigham 4 Dot. The pipe arrived on my worktable in decent estate condition. There was quite a bit of lava on the … Continue reading Quick Refresh of a Brigham 454 Smooth Bent Pot

Some People Meditate. I Smoke a Pipe.

I sometimes get asked why I smoke a pipe. It is, after all, the rarest method of tobacco consumption in Canada these days (only about half of one percent of tobacco users are pipe smokers). If it’s nicotine you’re after, there are more efficient, though arguably more diabolical, delivery methods than a cantankerous old briar. A pipe is also regarded by many as an anachronism, … Continue reading Some People Meditate. I Smoke a Pipe.

Restemming a Blatter Bros Make Selected Freehand

Just before Christmas I received a very generous gift from my pipe friend in Iqaluit who has been sending me his Blatter pipes for refurbishment. Along with a tin of pipe tobacco and an assortment of cigars, the box contained two Blatter pipes – one whole but in poor shape, and one stummel missing its stem. The note enclosed wondered if I could do anything … Continue reading Restemming a Blatter Bros Make Selected Freehand

Rehabilitating a 1980’s Brigham 217 “Round Bulldog”

By far one of the most popular of pipe shapes is the classic diamond-shanked Bulldog, in either straight or bent versions. In the Brigham catalog, these are Shapes 16 and 26, respectively, but they are not the only pipe shapes labelled as Bulldogs by this producer. Also on the list are the Shape 25 Squat Bulldog, the Shape 67 Tall Bulldog, and the Shape 17 … Continue reading Rehabilitating a 1980’s Brigham 217 “Round Bulldog”

A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand

This large pipe came to me for refurbishment in the latest lot from a fellow piper living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. I’ve worked on quite a few pipes for him over the last year, and this particular Blatter proved to be quite a challenge. To begin with, as you can see in the pics below, the pipe was in dire need of a good cleaning when … Continue reading A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand

An Easy Restoration to Start the New Year: Renewing a Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar

Happy New Year, everyone! I thought I’d start the 2018 posts with a nice quick cleanup of a 1980’s-vintage Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar. Long a staple shape in the Brigham Pipes catalog, the Calabriar is a briar pipe carved in a full-bent Calabash shape. This example, sporting a bevelled rim, differs slightly from the classic Calabriar shape which is usually cut straight across the top of … Continue reading An Easy Restoration to Start the New Year: Renewing a Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar