Reviving a Kaywoodie Super Grain 98B Straight Bulldog

The diamond-shanked Bulldog is one of the most ubiquitous and most recognized of the classic pipe shapes. Every maker had one, and it seems that just about every pipe smoker had at least one example in their rack at one point. This Kaywoodie Super Grain 98B is as classic as they come. Coming to me in an estate lot purchase, the pipe arrived on my … Continue reading Reviving a Kaywoodie Super Grain 98B Straight Bulldog

An Easy Cleanup of a Peterson’s Deluxe 87S Straight Apple

I stumbled across this Peterson’s Deluxe Apple in a rack of four pipes on display at a local antique fair a few months ago. Apart from a fairly heavy crust of lava on the crowned rim and a bit of grime on the stem, the pipe was in excellent estate condition. It should be an easy cleanup. The pipe is stamped “Peterson’s” over “Deluxe” on … Continue reading An Easy Cleanup of a Peterson’s Deluxe 87S Straight Apple

Tidying Up a Large Blatter Select Rustic Ball

I was recently sent another batch of Blatter estate pipes from a forum friend in Iqaluit, Nunavut. This large Rustic Ball pipe is the first of that lot to be tackled. I decided to start with an easy one this time. The pipe was in very good estate condition when it arrived on my worktable. It needed a good cleaning, of course, but apart from … Continue reading Tidying Up a Large Blatter Select Rustic Ball

An Autumn Makeover for a Darvill Squashed Tomato

I pulled this little Squashed Tomato stummel from my box and decided it would be the focus of my next restoration. Though it measures a more or less standard 1.5 inches wide, the bowl is only 1.25 inches tall, with a proportionally small 5/8” chamber bore. The stummel came to me without a stem and in pretty grimy shape. There were thick, greasy stains on … Continue reading An Autumn Makeover for a Darvill Squashed Tomato

Scorched Briar and Unique Stamping Reveal a Part of Brigham Pipe History

A DadsPipes reader contacted me a little while ago to ask about a Brigham pipe he’d picked up at a local antique shop. Initially he had planned to clean up the pipe himself, but after running into possible burnout problems, he decided to send the pipe my way for an opinion. I was sent these pictures as an introduction to the pipe. As you can … Continue reading Scorched Briar and Unique Stamping Reveal a Part of Brigham Pipe History

Reviving a Handsome Dr. Grabow Golden Duke Adjustomatic Chubby Author

I’ve been working on quite a few old Brigham pipes recently, so this Grabow Golden Duke Author was a welcome respite when I pulled it from my box of pipes waiting refurbishment. It has that classic chubby shape that, at least for me, holds a timeless appeal and the promise of a cool smoke thanks to its thick bowl walls and stout shank. The pipe … Continue reading Reviving a Handsome Dr. Grabow Golden Duke Adjustomatic Chubby Author