Restorations

Making Repairs to a Cased 1876 BBB Briar & Gutta-Percha Pipe

Just before the COVID shut-downs hit I was sent a box of 25 estate pipes to repair. Many were straightforward tenon replacements and the like, but among the more interesting repairs was this BBB briar and gutta-percha pipe. Here is the pipe as it looked when I brought it to the worktable. As you can… Continue reading Making Repairs to a Cased 1876 BBB Briar & Gutta-Percha Pipe

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Cleaning Up a Favourite, and Slightly Unorthodox, Blatter Bros Author

A pipeman from Canada's Far North sent me a few pipes from Iqaluit, Nunavut to clean up for him. One of those pipes was, he said, was his favourite old Blatter Bros briar. After years of restorations and repairs, I've seen quite a few favourite pipes and enjoy what they can tell me about the… Continue reading Cleaning Up a Favourite, and Slightly Unorthodox, Blatter Bros Author

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A Quick Cleanup of a Forgotten BBB 2-Star Small Apple

I purchased this little BBB 2-Star pipe on eBay quite a while ago, but was busy with other things when it arrived. I put it in my box of pipes to refurbish and forgot totally about it until it surfaced today. It looked like a quick cleanup so I pulled it out and gave it… Continue reading A Quick Cleanup of a Forgotten BBB 2-Star Small Apple

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Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

Here we go with another bulldog! I don't really know how I managed to acquire yet another example of this classic pipe shape, but there you have it. This one is a BBB 2-Star straight bulldog that arrived in pretty good shape. The rim was tarred and had a few small dings around the edge,… Continue reading Cleaning Up a BBB 2-Star Bulldog

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Quick Clean-Up of a Mackenzie Extra 1452

After a few more challenging refurbs, it was nice to change things up with a relatively straightforward one. This Mackenzie Extra bent pipe came out of my refurb box quite dirty – tarry rim, dings and dents, oxidized stem, etc – but even through the dirt one could plainly see that the grain on this… Continue reading Quick Clean-Up of a Mackenzie Extra 1452

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A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard

I found this BBB 2 Star Billiard at a local antiques and collectibles sale. It was in rather good shape other than a very tarry rim with a few visible dents. The stampings were crisp – the BBB 2 Star logo on the left shank, with “London Made” over “385” on the right shank. The… Continue reading A Quick Refurb of a BBB 2 Star Billiard