DadsPipes Black Friday 2020 Sale!

I don’t usually get involved with Black Friday or Cyber Monday events, but this year has been a doozie and we all need a little pick-me-up! Therefore, I am pleased to announce the DadsPipes Black Friday 2020 Sale starts tonight at Midnight! Save on estate pipes, pipe racks and accessories from the DadsPipes Inventory pages.…

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Reviving a John Calich XX Bent Billiard

This Bent Billiard is the first of two pipes by Canadian pipe carver John Calich that I acquired as part of an estate collection earlier this summer. Calich was a master pipe carver who operated in the Greater Toronto area for 40 years, hand carving each pipe from start to finish. Pipes sold through dealers…

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Rim Rebuild and Shank Repairs for an Aldo Velani Executive 292 Bent Apple

I’ve been doing a number of simpler estate pipe cleanups lately, so I guess that means it’s time for a more in-depth project. Today I’m dealing with the last of three Aldo Velani pipes recently acquired as part of an estate lot, this one an Executive series 292 Bent Apple. Aldo Velani pipes are what…

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New Life for a Gardesana Pecher Bent Egg Mini-Warden

This pipe caught my eye recently while digging through my box of refurbs-in-waiting. Made by Gardesana, this “Pecher” series Bent Egg is what I call a Mini-Warden, a pipe fitted with a shorter version of a Churchwarden stem. Here is the pipe as it looked when I first brought it to the worktable. Overall, it…

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A Quick Refresh for a Grabow CDL

Sometimes a product doesn’t catch on with the public until some time after it has been put to bed – movies that scrape by at the box office but sell millions of copies when released to DVD; books that sit on shelves or in boxes until someone writes a golden review; pipes that don’t do…

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Cleaning Up a Wire Rusticated Savinelli Extra 2005

This is another of the pipes I picked up over the summer, a good-looking silver-mounted Savinelli Extra 2005 Apple. The pipe came to me in decent estate condition. It was dirty, of course, with a fair bit of dust, grease and wax jammed into the wire-rusticated finish. The chamber carried a light cake, and there…

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Freshening up the Smallest of the Vintage Brigham Billiards – a 1980s 201

Those of you familiar with the Brigham Shape Chart will already be aware that Brigham made many of the classic pipe shapes in a number of different sizes. Prior to the shift to European production, Brigham Billiards came in four regular sizes (Shapes 01, 02, 03 and 04) with several variants, including Tall, Chimney and…

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Preserving a Piece of Pipe History – A Peterson Patent Era P-Lip 104 Canadian

This smaller Peterson Canadian came to me in an estate lot I purchased earlier this summer. It was unremarkable at first glance, but I soon took another look at it after noticing the Peterson stamp on top of the slim oval shank. This series of pics shows the pipe as it was when I first…

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Reviving an Early Brigham Non-Patent Club

About a year ago, I wrote about the rediscovery of Brigham’s early line of non-Patent pipes and the subsequent restoration of two examples. I recently acquired a third Non-Patent Brigham pipe to add to the collection, this time in what Brigham called a Club shape, otherwise known as a Lovat. Here is how the pipe…

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Freshening a Castello Old Antiquari KKKK Oom Paul

I missed last Friday’s post so I thought I’d push this one out a bit early. Posts will be spread out a bit over the next month or so to give me time to work on the Brigham book. I hope their quality makes up for the lack of quantity! – Charles Not long ago,…

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