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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Merry Christmas from DadsPipes!

Wishing you all the very best of the Holiday Season and a healthy and happy New Year! I was going to try to write something witty but I think this poem, posted to YouTube by SmokingPipes.com a few year ago says it all. May your pipe always be full and your matched dry!    

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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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Reviving Another Comoy’s Made John’s Pipe Shop 433 Dublin

I spotted today’s estate pipe on eBay a few weeks ago. I’ve worked on several John’s pipes over the last year or two and have been impressed with their overall quality, so I threw in a bid, which turned out to be sufficient to add the pipe to my refurb box. Looking at the auction…

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Refreshing a Petite Brigham 605 Dublin

Like many other pipe makers, Brigham started its lineup with the most popular pipe shapes. Shapes 01 through 04 in the Brigham Shape Chart are Billiards, from small to large, and the next three shapes, 05, 06 & 07 are Dublins. This pipe on the worktable today is the smallest Dublin offered in the classic…

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Fitting a New Stem to a Striking Bertram 105 Pot

Most often when I am sent a pipe to work on there are physical issues to deal with – a damaged stem, cracked shank, heat fissures, etc. This Bertram pipe is one of the exceptions to this rule. This time I was asked to make changes to the pipe to better suit the preferences of…

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Restoring a 1960’s Brigham 127 Straight Brandy

This older Brigham pipe came to me in a mixed eBay estate lot, and at first glance I took it for a basic Billiard. Closer examination and a shape number unrelated to Brigham’s Billiard pipes changed my mind. Ultimately, I’ve labelled this pipe a Straight Brandy Sitter as the bowl walls taper inwards from base…

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