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A New Stem for a Brigham 4W5 Freehand

The pipe on the worktable today is a good example of how Brigham made good use of old stock left over from discontinued product lines. I think this practice was very much in line with Herb Brigham’s penchant for tinkering with pipe shapes and his son Michael’s focus on efficiency and cost-savings in the 1980s.…

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Pinning a Cracked Peterson Christmas 2012 B11

Here is another pipe from the box of repairs I’ve been working through recently. This time I’m working on a lovely Peterson Christmas 2012 B11 with a very unfortunate issue – a long crack running up the bowl. Ouch! Here is the pipe as it looked when I first brought it to the worktable. I…

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Making Repairs to a Cased 1876 BBB Briar & Gutta-Percha Pipe

Just before the COVID shut-downs hit I was sent a box of 25 estate pipes to repair. Many were straightforward tenon replacements and the like, but among the more interesting repairs was this BBB briar and gutta-percha pipe. Here is the pipe as it looked when I brought it to the worktable. As you can…

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A Quick Refresh for a Stunning 1980's Vintage Brigham 354

The Coronavirus pandemic is keeping most of us in self-isolation, and I am no exception. While I am missing my usual wanders through antique shops, I have a fairly full box of estate pipes to work on while holed up. This Brigham 354 is one such pipe, acquired as part of a larger eBay lot.…

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Freshening Up a Tired Peterson Shamrock 268

Here is another eBay estate pipe find sent directly to me by the buyer for restoration. This time, I’m working on a Shamrock 268 by Peterson that looked to be in fairly good condition when it arrived. The last pic above should give you a clue as to what was lurking inside the stummel –…

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From Junker to Jazzed – A New Vision for a Battered Medico Medalist

This pipe has been a project for a while, one that I have worked on in between other repairs over the last few months. The pipe in question, a Medico Medalist, had been knocking around the bottom of my refurb box for some time when I finally decided it was due some attention. It was…

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DadsPipes COVID-19 Update

The Province of Ontario, , like many other jurisdictions worldwide, has declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am still accepting pipe repairs and restorations through this period, though I am taking extra precautions to limit social exposure, including limiting my runs to the Post Office. To ensure that your…

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A New Tenon for a Lovely Kaywoodie Unique

I received an email from a regular DadsPipes reader a few weeks ago asking for help. A favourite pipe had been dropped and the tenon snapped off at the shank. Ouch! As anyone who has been a pipe smoker long enough will tell you, this sort of accidental damage is fairly common but always heartbreaking…

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A Bit of Metalworking and an Overall Refresh for a Peterson Dublin 69

Word of mouth is always a great way to connect with people, especially among pipe smokers and collectors. This Peterson Dublin 69 came to me as a result of a recommendation from Peterson aficionado Mark Irwin of Peterson Pipe Notes. Thanks, Mark! The owner of this lovely older Pete sent me a few pics and…

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A Quick Refresh for a Peterson System Standard 301

This 1970’s era Peterson System Standard 301 was purchased by a regular DadsPipes reader on eBay. Knowing it would need some attention before it could be used, he had it sent directly to me by the seller for a little TLC. In due course the pipe arrived and I snapped this series of pics. As…

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