Reviving a Roughly Used 1990’s Vintage Brigham Square-Shank 273

Some time ago now, I acquired a box of about a dozen estate pipes in various states of disrepair. Among these wounded soldiers was this interesting square-shanked Brigham pipe. When I brought the pipe to my worktable, I could see that, if it could speak, this Brigham would have had stories to tell. The stem was heavily oxidized a dull green/brown colour, though it fit … Continue reading Reviving a Roughly Used 1990’s Vintage Brigham Square-Shank 273

A New Stem and a 6mm Filter Conversion for a Thomas Grand Luxe Footed Freehand

This attractive freehand pipe was sent to me by a client near Kingston, Ontario with the request to clean it up and, if possible, install a 9mm filter system. When it arrived at DadsPipes Central, I brought it to the worktable and made a full inspection. A good-sized freehand, the pipe was in obviously used but fairly good estate condition. The chamber needed reaming, and … Continue reading A New Stem and a 6mm Filter Conversion for a Thomas Grand Luxe Footed Freehand

Re-Stemming a Butz-Choquin Marigny Deluxe Hand-Made Calabash

A collector friend recently dropped off a box of pipes for restoration, a real jumble of briar and meerschaum in various states of repair. Some need only a bit of “spit and polish” to bring them back to fighting form, and others need serious overhaul. This Butz-Choquin pipe fell somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. Some of you might argue my classification of this … Continue reading Re-Stemming a Butz-Choquin Marigny Deluxe Hand-Made Calabash

Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

I’ve worked on several Stanwell Brazilia series pipes over the years. The series name and inherent character come from the shank extensions made of, in the early days, genuine Brazilian cattle horn or, more recently, of faux horn made of acrylic. Of the two versions, I prefer the look and feel of the genuine horn. It was just such an early Brazilia pipe that landed … Continue reading Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

Fathers Day Sale at the DadsPipes Store

With Mothers Day come and gone, it’s time to switch gears and find something for Dad! Why not a beautifully restored estate pipe from the DadsPipes Store? Each pipe has been meticulously cleaned, sanitized, deodorized and restored to as close to new condition as possible, and will come with a microfibre pipe sock if the original sock is not available. To help you secure the … Continue reading Fathers Day Sale at the DadsPipes Store

Refreshing a Blatter Montreal Select Oversized Dublin Sitter

This Blatter pipe was in pretty good shape when I brought it to the worktable. Fans of large pipes will like this chunky rustic Dublin – it’s a real fistful of briar! Though of average proportion lengthwise, the extra height and width of the bowl rule this pipe out as a clencher unless you’ve got bionic jaws. as you can see from the pics above, … Continue reading Refreshing a Blatter Montreal Select Oversized Dublin Sitter

Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

Every so often, I receive a pipe for restoration that has been worked on before at some point in its past – sometimes professionally, but more frequently by a well-meaning piper attempting to save a cherished smoking companion. This Bari Pearl is a good example of the latter category. When I brought this bamboo-shanked Bent Billiard to the worktable, it looked to be in pretty … Continue reading Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard