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

Pipe Life Hack – Turning a $13 Walmart Organizer into a 12-Pipe Storage Cabinet

Pipe storage is a perennial issue for every pipe smoker with more than one pipe in the rotation. Simply put, those briars, cobs and meers need to go somewhere when they’re not in use. Pipe shops and specialty retailers offer a wide range of pipe stands, racks and cabinets in all shapes and sizes to suit just about any piper’s needs, but most commercial offerings … Continue reading Pipe Life Hack – Turning a $13 Walmart Organizer into a 12-Pipe Storage Cabinet

Two Years, Two Hundred Posts and the Power of Online Communities

Time flies when you’re having fun! Two years and two hundred posts ago, I started this little pipe blog called DadsPipes as a personal project to record the clean-up of my father’s modest collection of pipes. I figured if anyone read it, great! And if not, no harm done. Well, people DID read it, and kept reading it, and I’m very grateful that they did. … Continue reading Two Years, Two Hundred Posts and the Power of Online Communities

Announcing the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart Project

Hi everyone, I’m putting out this short mid-week post to announce a new project – the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart! Over its 100-plus years of production, Brigham has put out a boggling array of pipe shapes from classic Billiards and Bulldogs to Freehands and more exotic experimental pipes. This means that there’s almost always a new shape to add to the collection, but how do … Continue reading Announcing the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart Project