Resurrecting a Giant Kilimanjaro “War Club” Billiard

I received this extra large Billiard stummel in a box of pipes sent to me for repair by a pipe friend. I’ve called it a War Club in the post title as it is almost ridiculously oversized. The stemless stummel measures nearly 4 inches long from bowl to shank face, the shank is a whopping 3/4″ inch in diameter, and the bowl itself measures 2-1/4″ … Continue reading Resurrecting a Giant Kilimanjaro “War Club” Billiard

Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

I’ve had the parts of this pipe in a ziplock bag in my refurb box for some time, and decided to pull it out for a look a few days ago. Despite a layer of dust and a crust of lava on the rim, this Peter Stokkebye Volcano had the undeniable appeal of a most capable Danish pipe-maker. I liked the overall lines of the … Continue reading Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

New Year, New Challenge! Fitting a New Army Mount Stem to a Peterson K&P Irish Made X105

Welcome to 2019, everyone! I hope it is a peaceful and prosperous year for all. I’ve been putting off and putting off this particular job, but finally pulled myself together and sat down to get it done! On the worktable today is a Peterson K&P Irish Made X105 Army mount Billiard. It came from a pipe friend sans stem, with the request that I see … Continue reading New Year, New Challenge! Fitting a New Army Mount Stem to a Peterson K&P Irish Made X105

Resurrecting a Forlorn 1990’s Brigham 241

I had a bit of work done in the garage (aka my workshop) recently, including the installation of a most effective heater to prevent my pipes, tools and supplies from freezing in these cold winter months. While I was tidying up afterwards, I decided to sift through my boxes of pipes waiting to be restored. At the bottom of one box I found this Brigham … Continue reading Resurrecting a Forlorn 1990’s Brigham 241

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Pipe!

Christmas is here! Weeks of preparation, anticipation and trepidation culminate in a frenzy of gifts, guests and gluttony. Family and friends gather, delightful and exhausting. Glasses are raised and plates piled high, love given and received. Joyful chaos reigns, intense but too soon over. Stillness descends, peace after the storm. Pipe, chair and fire beckon. Time to rest and time to remember. Time to hold Christmas … Continue reading Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Pipe!

Freshening a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Guildhall 28 Billiard

For many Billiard lovers, there is no pipe quite as billiard-y as an English Billiard, and this Comoy’s Guildhall 28 is a prime example of English pipemakers’ mastery of this classic pipe shape. The Comoy’s Shape Chart published on Pipedia.org identifies the Shape 28 as a “Billiard, Straight, Medium”. In practice, this translates to a pipe 5-1/2″ long with a 1-3/4″ tall by 1-1/4″ wide … Continue reading Freshening a Pre-Cadogan Comoy’s Guildhall 28 Billiard

Restoring an Unusual 1990’s Era Chunky 5-Dot Brigham Bent Brandy 36

After working on a few pipes for friends, I decided to pull one of my own out of the refurb box! This 5-Dot Brigham bent brandy is an unusual piece for several reasons. It’s the first example of a Shape 36 I have come across, which is always exciting for me, and the shape itself is somewhat unique in the vintage Brigham lineup. Unlike many … Continue reading Restoring an Unusual 1990’s Era Chunky 5-Dot Brigham Bent Brandy 36