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Splinting a Broken Stem for a Castello Sea Rock

As I’ve mentioned before, a broken tenon is by far the most common pipe repair, and for good reason. The stem tenon is the smallest structural part of a pipe and is subjected to a disproportionate amount of stressors as the pipe smoker removes and reinserts the stem in the shank. An overly-enthusiastic twist with…

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Touching Up Peeling Finish on a Chacom Atlas 863 Calabash

Pipe manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make their products more appealing to a wider audience – new shapes, new finishes, new colours, etc. The Chacom Atlas Calabash on the worktable today demonstrates one such innovation, the dip-dye finish. First seen in the 1990s, the finish process seen here consists of a solid base…

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Shank Repair & a New Stem for a Brebbia Palladio

Following closely behind broken tenons on the list of the most common pipe repairs is the shank crack. Lengthwise cracks – those that run up the shank from the mortise – are usually the result of the same accident that broke the tenon and are typically easily fixed with the addition of a shank band.…

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A New Stem for a WWII-Era John Brumfit Straight Grain Billiard

The hunt for hidden gems keeps a good number of pipe smokers and collectors wandering through antique shops, secondhand stores and other repositories of the past. One such treasure hunting prize, a John Brumfit Billiard, was sent to me recently for restoration along with its original box and sock. The manufacturer was unfamiliar to me…

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Refreshing a Savinelli Veritas 316KS

Unlike the vast majority of estate pipes that pass across my worktable, whether found at antique shops, estate sales or, like this pipe, sent in by their current stewards, there was actually nothing wrong with this Savinelli Veritas 316KS when it arrived in my mailbox. Instead, it had been sent to me for a bit…

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A New Stem for a Danish Pipe Shop 50th Anniversary Panel Brandy

This lovely hand-made Danish pipe was sent to me for a new stem recently, and after a quick inspection, I could see why – the button on the elegantly slender oval taper stem had been worn down almost to nothing. The pipe must have been prone to sliding right out of its current steward’s teeth!…

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Preserving a Family Heirloom Master Bent

This post is a bit different from most on this site in that the pipe on the table today was sent for preservation more than restoration. It is stamped simply “Master Bent” on the left shank and “Imported Briar” on the right. I have been unable to find any reference to a maker online,; if…

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Cleaning Up a Leonard Payne Select Bent Billiard

Leonard Payne was a British pipe maker who immigrated to Canada and set up shop in British Columbia. His pipes can be found on the Canadian estate market, though I’m not sure how many pipes were produced over the years. The entry on Pipedia.org is brief and to the point: Mike Glukler of Briar Blues, states,…

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Shank Repairs and a New Stem for a French Kaywodie La Roche Reject

This is a restoration project I picked away at in between other jobs over the last few months. The subject is a French-made Kaywoodie Square Shank Pot with a large bowl and a handsome sandblast finish. Unfortunately, the aluminum fitment had been scavenged from the pipe, shattering the shank in the process. The broken shank…

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Reviving a Well Used Savinelli 616KS “No-Nik”

Finding a parcel in the DadsPipes mailbox is always a bit like Christmas morning – I never quite know what I’ll find, but I’m usually excited by it! This Savinelli 616KS No-Nik pipe arrived with a few others some months ago but I’m only now getting around to writing them up. They belonged to the…

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