A Brief Foray into Metal Pipes with a Pair of Ronson 3-Ways

After a lot of briar refurbishments, here’s one for those “Falcon Friday” metal pipe fans! I bought this pair of Ronson 3-Way pipes off eBay back in the summer of 2019 and decided yesterday that they had sat in limbo long enough. I have to admit at the outset here that I don’t have a…

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Stem Repairs for a Unique Late 1980s Brigham 5-Dot

Here’s an interesting Brigham pipe for those with a penchant for something out of the ordinary. I spotted this 5-Dot on eBay and though I admit that the shape isn’t really my thing, I was nonetheless captivated. I entered a bid and won the auction. In due time, the pipe arrived at the house and…

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A New Stem and New Life for an English Army-Mount Billiard

I found this pipe on eBay a while ago, had a quick look at it when it arrived, then added it to my refurb box and forgot about it until recently. You may understand my initial lack of enthusiasm after looking at these pics of the pipe as found. As you can see, the pipe…

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Major Stem Repairs and a New Aluminum Tenon for a 1980s-Era Brigham 365 Bent Acorn

Today’s post is another trial of the replacement aluminum tenon/filter holders I designed and made in my shop for use in repairing vintage Canadian-made Brigham pipes. If you missed the earlier post on the development of these tenons, you can find it here. As I’ve mentioned previously, Brigham moved to the newer composite tenons in…

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Freshening a Republic Era Peterson Kildare 01

I found this Peterson Kildare 01 at a local antique shop a while back and decided it was high time to spiff it up a bit. First a little research. Mark Irwin’s exhaustive work on Peterson pipes, The Peterson Pipe Book, provides this information in the section entitled Collector’s Guide: Kildare  1965 –  First issue of…

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Reviving a Brigham Norseman Egg

The Norseman series of “Scandinavian-inspired” freehand shapes was introduced to the Brigham lineup in the 1960s during the Danish Freehand craze and continued production until roughly 1980. The rusticated Norseman pipes were available in six shapes, stamped as 9W2 through 9W7. The first two shapes, 9W2 and 9W3, were the same Egg shape in two…

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Having a Bit of Fun Salvaging a Frankenpipe Nosewarmer

I was rummaging around the shop the other day and rediscovered a handful of odd parts that have been lurking around for some time. I didn’t have anything pressing on the worktable, so I decided to have a bit of fun and see what I could create. The stummel is an oldie, though exactly how…

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Reviving a 1990’s Brigham 123 Bent Billiard in time for the Holidays

Happy New Year, everyone! This post is deliberately going live after the holidays to avoid spoiling the Christmas surprise for one lucky piper. I was contacted by a lady who was on the hunt for a few vintage Brigham estate pipes to present to her partner as a Christmas gift. Fortuitously, I had a few…

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Rebuilding a Vintage Stem on a Pre-Transition Barling 1372

Back in early September of this year, I picked up a cased pair of pipes at a local antique sale. The first pipe found inside the nicely fitted case (marked “Special” over Barling’s” over “London Make”) was a Peterson Kapmeer 24S, about which I wrote in November.  Today’s post will look at the work done…

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A Marathon Restoration of a 1990’s Acrylic-Stemmed Brigham 576 Bent Tulip

I have to say at the outset here that I am very happy with the results of this restoration. Though I had to contend with multiple issues – a tenon replacement, scorch marks, tooth damage and dented briar among them – the end results speak for themselves. This pipe caught my eye the minute it…

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