The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart v2.0 is Live!

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…

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The DadsPipes Shedquarters Project Part IV -From Shed to Shedquarters!

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″…

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Re-Discovering Brigham’s Canuck Line of Pipes and Rehabilitating Two Prototypes – Part I

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.…

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The DadsPipes Shedquarters Project Part I – Planning

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…

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Shop-Made Tenon Drilling Jig

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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