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

Tidying Up a Brigham 442 Oval Shank Bent Acorn

Back in July 2017 I posted the refurbishment of a Brigham 341 Bent Acorn pipe. Here now is its big brother, a Shape 42 Bent Acorn, this time in a 4-Dot grade. The Shape 42 sports a full-on oval shank and a taller bowl than its Shape 41 sibling, and despite the two pipes being roughly equal in length, the 42 is a noticeably larger … Continue reading Tidying Up a Brigham 442 Oval Shank Bent Acorn

Merry Christmas, Everyone, and a New Pipe Made More Special by a Simple Gesture

A quick note to wish everyone the very best of this Holiday Season, however and wherever you are celebrating! This time of year can be very demanding; I hope you get the chance to settle in with a good pipe somewhere along your journey. Personally, I will be packing the bowl of this lovely 1970’s vintage Brigham Valhalla BV5 with something tasty this year. I … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Everyone, and a New Pipe Made More Special by a Simple Gesture

Stem Work on an Oversized Blatter Bros Make Selected Rustic Author

This is another of the pipes sent to me from Iqaluit for refurbishment. I don’t how the owner sources such consistently interesting Blatter estate pipes, but source them he does! This particular Blatter is a BIG rustic Author pipe, a real fistful of briar with a large chamber and thick walls. The shank looks positively stubby in comparison to the width of the bowl, but … Continue reading Stem Work on an Oversized Blatter Bros Make Selected Rustic Author

Reviving a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock 9BC Chubby Bent Billiard

This is an interesting Peterson pipe sent to me for refurbishment by a DadsPipe reader. The pipe is a Shamrock 9BC Chubby Bent Billiard that certainly exemplifies Peterson’s tendency towards stout shapes. According to Mark Irwin’s excellent article on Peterson Pipe Notes, the 9 shape has been in the Peterson catalog since 1896 and has taken several other names over the years, including the 304 … Continue reading Reviving a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock 9BC Chubby Bent Billiard

A Tricky Shank Repair on a Design Berlin Shirwitz Volcano Churchwarden

I was contacted recently by a DadsPipes reader with a request to look at his favourite pipe and determine what could be done to repair a crack running up the shank. I’ve repaired quite a few cracked shanks, but this pipe would prove to be a unique challenge. As you can see in the pics below, this is not your ordinary churchwarden pipe. This Design … Continue reading A Tricky Shank Repair on a Design Berlin Shirwitz Volcano Churchwarden