Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

Updating a Few Posts

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

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

Brigham Pipes – A Closer Look at Dots, Dates and Markings

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

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

It’s DadsPipes First Anniversary!

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!

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

An Experiment in Rehydration – a 1970’s Era Middleton’s Cherry Blend

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

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

Common Pipe Problems: Gagging the Gurgle

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

Pipe Essays, Restorations, Uncategorized

Showcasing an Unsmoked Delacour Meerschaum & Amber Bulldog

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

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

Fixing Another Common Stem Fit Issue – Stem to Shank

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