Hi everyone, Just a quick note to let you know that I've been busy updating the content of a couple of my older posts based on information I recently received from Daniel More, President of Brigham Enterprises Inc. Daniel has been with Brigham since the 1980's and was kind enough to share some of his first-hand… Continue reading Updating a Few Posts
Hi everyone. I thought I'd post a quick note to explain the shortage of restorations so far in 2017. There are lots of pipes waiting in my box, and renovations to DadsPipes Central have almost finished; so far so good. I am not, however, at home. As I type this on my smartphone, I am… Continue reading Setbacks
Just a short post today to wish all of you the very best of the Holiday Season and health and happiness in the coming New Year. I hope everyone spends the day with family and friends, with much laughter, a good meal and a fine pipe! Fresh pipe posts coming in January, so until then,… Continue reading Merry Christmas to All!
Last updated 8 Feb 2018 As both a Canadian and a pipe lover, it is perhaps inevitable that I hold a special place in my heart for Canadian-made pipes, especially those produced by Brigham Pipes, one of the country’s oldest pipe-makers, and one that has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, countless lesser economic… Continue reading Brigham Pipes – A Closer Look at Dots, Dates and Markings
Hi everyone! It was a little over twelve months ago that I uploaded the very first post to DadsPipes, which has proven to be the Little Blog That Could. Since then it has racked up 120 posts (this one is #121) and over 35,000 views! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to… Continue reading It’s DadsPipes First Anniversary!
Several months back I picked up an odd lot of "pipe tobacciana" from an erstwhile local collector. It contained a half dozen or so basket pipes, a Decatur pipe rack and two old pipe tobacco tins - a ubiquitous Prince Albert pocket tin, and a 7 oz sized tub of Middleton's Cherry Blend. The Prince… Continue reading An Experiment in Rehydration – a 1970’s Era Middleton’s Cherry Blend
Gurgles can be good. The burbling of a mountain brook is a pleasant, peaceful sound. Listening to the water splashing over rocks while lounging in the spreading shade of a willow on a sunny summer day can be positively therapeutic. Gurgles can be fun. Witness the sheer joy of children as they frolic in the… Continue reading Common Pipe Problems: Gagging the Gurgle
Finding an interesting old pipe is always a thrill for me, but finding a well-made vintage pipe that has survived in as-new, unsmoked condition is a real treat. This Delacour meerschaum and amber bulldog was part of the estate collection I acquired recently. There were a few other meers in the box, which I hope… Continue reading Showcasing an Unsmoked Delacour Meerschaum & Amber Bulldog
I felt like a kid at Christmas today as I unwrapped my latest estate pipe purchases the lovely people at Canada Post delivered to my door. Pipes, pipes and more pipes, 36 in all, from the 1960s through 1990s and mostly Danish in origin, including pipes by Stanwell, Soren & Karl Erik. A handful of… Continue reading Drowning in Danish Pipes
A little while back, I wrote up a blog entry on fixing two stem fit problems that crop up regularly - a too-loose stem, and a too-tight stem. Today I'd like to spotlight another common, and completely avoidable, stem problem that I deal with regularly when restoring estate pipes, namely the issue of a stem… Continue reading Fixing Another Common Stem Fit Issue – Stem to Shank