Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

I’ve worked on several Stanwell Brazilia series pipes over the years. The series name and inherent character come from the shank extensions made of, in the early days, genuine Brazilian cattle horn or, more recently, of faux horn made of acrylic. Of the two versions, I prefer the look and feel of the genuine horn. It was just such an early Brazilia pipe that landed … Continue reading Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

Fathers Day Sale at the DadsPipes Store

With Mothers Day come and gone, it’s time to switch gears and find something for Dad! Why not a beautifully restored estate pipe from the DadsPipes Store? Each pipe has been meticulously cleaned, sanitized, deodorized and restored to as close to new condition as possible, and will come with a microfibre pipe sock if the original sock is not available. To help you secure the … Continue reading Fathers Day Sale at the DadsPipes Store

Refreshing a Blatter Montreal Select Oversized Dublin Sitter

This Blatter pipe was in pretty good shape when I brought it to the worktable. Fans of large pipes will like this chunky rustic Dublin – it’s a real fistful of briar! Though of average proportion lengthwise, the extra height and width of the bowl rule this pipe out as a clencher unless you’ve got bionic jaws. as you can see from the pics above, … Continue reading Refreshing a Blatter Montreal Select Oversized Dublin Sitter

Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

Every so often, I receive a pipe for restoration that has been worked on before at some point in its past – sometimes professionally, but more frequently by a well-meaning piper attempting to save a cherished smoking companion. This Bari Pearl is a good example of the latter category. When I brought this bamboo-shanked Bent Billiard to the worktable, it looked to be in pretty … Continue reading Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

Shank Repair and a Refresh for a Clifton 132 Straight Apple

I was contacted by the owner of this little Clifton Apple to see if I could get the pipe into smoking shape again. I asked the piper to send me the patient and when it arrived I took the following set of pics to record its initial condition. As you can see, the briar stummel looked to be in very nice shape, with just a … Continue reading Shank Repair and a Refresh for a Clifton 132 Straight Apple

Cleaning Up a Falcon FDH Dublin

This Falcon pipe was sent to me recently for a bit of a cleanup by a DadsPipes reader. It is, somewhat surprisingly, the first metal smoking pipe I have worked on since beginning my little venture into estate pipe restorations, so I was keen to get at it when it arrived. The design of the Falcon pipe is similar in theory to the traditional Calabash … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Falcon FDH Dublin

A Quick Tour of the DadsPipes Worktable

I was asked recently about my pipe repair and restoration setup, so I thought I’d do a little write-up here. Though there have been a few changes over the years, the core tooling and supplies have remained basically the same. DadsPipes utilizes four areas of our home here in Kitchener, including the garage where I keep the buffer and drill press, the den where I … Continue reading A Quick Tour of the DadsPipes Worktable