Things I’ve Learned About Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs, Part II

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

Things I’ve Learned About Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs, Part I

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

A Pipe, Good Coffee and the Love of a Dog

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

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

Some People Meditate. I Smoke a Pipe.

I sometimes get asked why I smoke a pipe. It is, after all, the rarest method of tobacco consumption in Canada these days (only about half of one percent of tobacco users are pipe smokers). If it’s nicotine you’re after, there are more efficient, though arguably more diabolical, delivery methods than a cantankerous old briar. A pipe is also regarded by many as an anachronism, … Continue reading Some People Meditate. I Smoke a Pipe.

The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart v1.0

Thanks, everyone, for your feedback on the Beta version of the Shape Chart release a few weeks ago. Based on that feedback, here is the first Alpha version of the Chart! This updated and reformatted version of the Brigham Pipes Shape Chart has been revised for online readability and features a few new pipe shapes, thanks to submissions from readers like you! Many thanks to … Continue reading The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart v1.0

The Completely Unofficial Brigham Pipes Shape Chart v0.1 Beta Release

Here it is, folks – the first draft of the Brigham Pipes Shape Chart! Note that is really is a DRAFT release, compiled in large part from my own collection, submissions from other Brigham owners, and a few old catalogs. There are still a great many gaps to fill to complete the project, so if you have one of the “missing Brighams” in your rack, … Continue reading The Completely Unofficial Brigham Pipes Shape Chart v0.1 Beta Release