Here’s a bonus Monday post to show what I got up to this weekend. Enjoy! — CharlesIf you work on estate pipes long enough, sooner or later you will inevitably be faced with what has to be the most common pipe repair – replacing a broken tenon. The first several times I dealt with a tenon replacement, I relied on pre-made tenons purchased from a … Continue reading Shop-Made Tenon Drilling Jig
It’s official – Winter is on its way here in Southwestern Ontario! I’m sitting in my office watching snow flurries dance outside the window – quite pretty if you ignore for a moment the 30km/h north wind that cuts everything to frozen ribbons. I’m also still adjusting to the clock’s “falling back” an hour – a needless twice-yearly ordeal in my opinion, but one that at … Continue reading Cold Weather Piping – Welcome to Winter!
As promised, here is the latest version of the Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart, v1.2! This iteration of the Chart includes a few more pipe shapes gathered over the last 6 months or so and a LOT more pictures linked to specific shape numbers. I’ve also updated the PDF version for download. Pics are not embedded in the PDF, but the links will probably work … Continue reading Brigham Shape Chart v1.2 Now Live!
Welcome to Part II of Things I’ve Learned about Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs! I ended Part I of this series on the topic of Sanding and Polishing using both MicroMesh pads and buffing wheels. That got me thinking about all the things I’ve learned about using a buffer, so that’s where we’re going to start today. Buffer Techniques Buffers are a great … Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs, Part II
Hi folks. I had a chance recently to read back through the last three years of DadsPipes blog posts, an experience I found both interesting and informative. Apart from becoming more comfortable writing the blogs themselves and some technical improvements in my photography skills, I have noticed several changes in my restoration process and techniques that I’d like to share with you, along with some … Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs, Part I
I’m sitting on the back patio this morning, enjoying the first nice weather we’ve had for a while – a probably all too short break in an otherwise hot, sticky summer here in Southwestern Ontario. It’s a welcome change, and I’m making the most of it with a good cup of coffee and one of the few pipes that hasn’t been carefully packed away ahead … Continue reading A Pipe, Good Coffee and the Love of a Dog
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