I'm switching things up this week. Instead of a pipe restoration, I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at some content from the Brigham pipes book. In this blog, we're going to take a closer look at Brigham Patent Era pipes, those made between 1938 and 1955. 1938 was a big year for Brigham… Continue reading A Sneak Peek at the Brigham Book – Patent Era Pipes
Over the past few months I've received several emails from readers asking about the specific products I use for my repairs and restorations, so I thought I'd write up a quick post on the subject. Most of the questions deal with adhesives, so I'll start there. Happily, all of these products can be found at… Continue reading Which Products and Why – Adhesives & Abrasives for Pipe Restoration
It's been almost a year since my last update to the Brigham Shape Chart, and I'm thrilled to announce that Version 2.0 is now live! This new version incorporates a dozen or so new pipe shapes and a LOT more images, so have a look! Want your own copy for reference? Click the Download link… Continue reading The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart v2.0 is Live!
It's been a while since my last post on the new workshop build, and I'm thrilled to report that the work is done! As you may recall, at the end of Part III of this series the electricians had finished up and I was busily hanging boards on walls and ceilings. I went with 1/2"… Continue reading The DadsPipes Shedquarters Project Part IV -From Shed to Shedquarters!
Every now and again, a pipe collector comes across something really special. I had one such moment recently which I'm excited to share with all of you. A few months ago, I received an email from a gentleman in Hamilton, Ontario requesting some help in identifying a couple of old Brigham pipes he had acquired.… Continue reading Re-Discovering Brigham’s Canuck Line of Pipes and Rehabilitating Two Prototypes – Part I
It's Easter Weekend, a time of renewal and rebirth and a definite sign that Spring is finally upon us here in Southern Ontario. It seems appropriate, then, to make the first of a series of posts about a project that will impact DadsPipes considerably over the year to come - a new "Shedquarters"! We moved… Continue reading The DadsPipes Shedquarters Project Part I – Planning
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… 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… 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… 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… Continue reading Things I’ve Learned About Restoration over Three Years of DadsPipes Blogs, Part II