Major Stem Repairs and a New Aluminum Tenon for a 1980s-Era Brigham 365 Bent Acorn

Today’s post is another trial of the replacement aluminum tenon/filter holders I designed and made in my shop for use in repairing vintage Canadian-made Brigham pipes. If you missed the earlier post on the development of these tenons, you can find it here. As I’ve mentioned previously, Brigham moved to the newer composite tenons in…

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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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Announcing the Brigham Book Project

When I first published an article back in December of 2016 entitled “Brigham Pipes – A Closer Look at Dots, Dates and Markings” , I had no idea that it would become one of my most widely read posts. It has been viewed over 1300 times on DadsPipes and was reprinted in full on the great…

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Freeing a Stuck Stem While Restoring This 1960’s Era Brigham 3100 Oversized Apple

This week’s post sees another pipe shape added to my collection of Brigham pipes and deals with a fairly common estate pipe problem, a seized stem. I found this pipe in a lot of estates on eBay, and was keen to start working on it as soon as it arrived. It’s a handsome straight Apple…

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Cleaning Up a 1960’s Era Brigham Prince for the Collection

I acquired this Bent Prince from the same vendor that sold me the Brigham Saddle Bulldog I wrote up back in July.  They share the same honey-gold stain that really shows off the grain in this old briar. As this series of pics illustrates, the pipe was in overall good shape when I brought it…

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Re-Discovering Brigham’s Canuck Line of Pipes and Rehabilitating Two Prototypes – Part I

Every now and again, a pipe collector comes across something really special. I had one such moment recently which I’m excited to share with all of you. A few months ago, I received an email from a gentleman in Hamilton, Ontario requesting some help in identifying a couple of old Brigham pipes he had acquired.…

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Reviving a Slightly Downtrodden Post-Patent Era Brigham 576 Tulip

Hi folks. I’ve got another Brigham restoration for you today, this time a 1960’s 5-Dot Shape 76 Tulip. I was lucky enough to acquire this briar in a box of assorted pipes a while back but it’s been stuck at the bottom of my refurb box for a while.  In comparison to the 1990’s Brigham…

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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…

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Re-Stemming a Brigham Footed Freehand

As many of you know, Brigham pipes are famous for their filter system composed of an aluminum tenon/filter holder and a tubular Rock Maple filter, or “distillator” as the company calls it now. I’ve made up replacement stems for many Brigham estate pipes, but this was my first time doing so for a Brigham Freehand.…

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Quick Refresh of a Brigham 454 Smooth Bent Pot

Like many collectors, I feel a little jolt of adrenaline every time I add a new pipe shape to my growing array of Brigham pipes. That jolt gets bigger when a new shape comes in a mid to high grade pipe like this Brigham 4 Dot. The pipe arrived on my worktable in decent estate…

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