Cold Weather Piping – Welcome to Winter!

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!

Brigham Shape Chart v1.2 Now Live!

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!

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.