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And Now For Something Completely Different – Carving my First Hobby Block

In the tobacco pipe world, pipe shops can usually be divided into two camps - those that make pipes and those that repair/restore pipes. It is somewhat counterintuitive, but these two activities are very different and require different skill sets and different equipment. I've been repairing and restoring smoking pipes since 2014 but have never… Continue reading And Now For Something Completely Different – Carving my First Hobby Block

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Pinning Multiple Cracks in an Otherwise Lovely Rattray’s Bog Oak (Morta) Pipe

Smoking pipes have traditionally been made from only a handful of materials - clay and meerschaum originally, then briar and an assortment of fruit woods like cherry and pear. Most recently, Bog Oak, also called Morta, has entered the fray. So what exactly is Bog Oak? Bog Oak/Morta is semi-petrified oak that has lain under… Continue reading Pinning Multiple Cracks in an Otherwise Lovely Rattray’s Bog Oak (Morta) Pipe

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Tenon and Stem Repair for an Interesting LL Bean Bent Billiard

This is the second heirloom pipe send to me for work, along with the Medico Square Pot about which I wrote last time. This time I'm working on an LL Bean Bent Billiard fitted with an interesting Smokemaster filter system first produced by Briarcraft in the USA in the early 210th Century, and again later… Continue reading Tenon and Stem Repair for an Interesting LL Bean Bent Billiard

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Rebirth of an Inherited Medico VFQ Foursquare Pot

Often when we think of family heirloom pipes what comes to mind is Grandpa's collection of Patent-Era Dunhills or a complete set of Peterson Sherlock Holmes pipes, but the truth is that the vast majority of pipes sold during the Golden Age of pipe smoking (roughly the 1950s through to the 1970s) were relatively inexpensive,… Continue reading Rebirth of an Inherited Medico VFQ Foursquare Pot

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Stem Repair on a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Sandblast 24 Army Billiard

This smaller Comoy's Sandblast Army Billiard arrived at the workshop recently as part of a larger lot of estate pipes sent in by an Ontario pipe shop for repairs and restoration. As this first series of pics shows, the stummel was in quite good condition, needing only a good cleaning and buffing to prepare it… Continue reading Stem Repair on a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Sandblast 24 Army Billiard

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Restoration of an Edwardian Lady

This intricately carved meerschaum figural pipe came to me as part of an estate lot. It had waited patiently for restoration for a few years before I managed to get repairs underway, and even then it took me months to complete the work, picking away at it in the spaces between other jobs. As you… Continue reading Restoration of an Edwardian Lady

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Repairing a Horn Stem on an Heirloom Czech-Made Bavarian

Every now and again I get the particular pleasure of working on a family heirloom pipe, a treasured part of someone's family history they wish to preserve for display or their own use. This Made in Czechoslovakia Bavarian style pipe is one such piece, first owned by the current pipe steward's grandfather. As this first… Continue reading Repairing a Horn Stem on an Heirloom Czech-Made Bavarian

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A New P-Lip Stem for a WWII-Era Peterson K&P Dublin 207

This Pre-Republic K&P Dublin 207 Pot is a bit of an old friend as I first restored it for my own rack almost exactly five years ago, back in November of 2017. I enjoyed it for many of those years but, as many pipe smokers do, I found that I reached for other pipes more… Continue reading A New P-Lip Stem for a WWII-Era Peterson K&P Dublin 207

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A Quick Cleanup of a Savinelli Extra Lumberman

Not all estate pipe restorations are long, involved processes requiring specialized equipment - thankfully - yet even simple cleanup jobs can have remarkable outcomes. Such was the case for this Savinelli Extra Lumberman that recently passed through the shop. As this first series of pics shows, the pipe wasn't in bad shape when it arrived… Continue reading A Quick Cleanup of a Savinelli Extra Lumberman

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Reviving and Re-Stemming a Vintage Brigham 384 Squire

A fellow pipe lover here in Ontario sent me a couple of old friends for a bit of TLC. One of those pipes is this 1980's vintage Brigham 384 Squire. This round-bottomed bent brandy shape was introduced to the Brigham lineup in the 1970s and quickly became a fan favourite. This particular example was certainly… Continue reading Reviving and Re-Stemming a Vintage Brigham 384 Squire