An Easy Restoration to Start the New Year: Renewing a Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar

Happy New Year, everyone! I thought I’d start the 2018 posts with a nice quick cleanup of a 1980’s-vintage Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar. Long a staple shape in the Brigham Pipes catalog, the Calabriar is a briar pipe carved in a full-bent Calabash shape. This example, sporting a bevelled rim, differs slightly from the classic Calabriar…

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Scorched Briar and Unique Stamping Reveal a Part of Brigham Pipe History

A DadsPipes reader contacted me a little while ago to ask about a Brigham pipe he’d picked up at a local antique shop. Initially he had planned to clean up the pipe himself, but after running into possible burnout problems, he decided to send the pipe my way for an opinion. I was sent these…

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The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart

Time for another Shape Chart update! Here is Version 2.0. (uploaded 13 Sept 2019). Download a PDF of the Shape Chart Here This updated features about a dozen new pipe shapes and a lot more pictures, thanks to submissions from readers like you! Many thanks to fellow pipers Andrew Colman, Ian Campbell, Ryan Thibodeau, Blake…

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The Completely Unofficial Brigham Pipes Shape Chart v0.1 Beta Release

Here it is, folks – the first draft of the Brigham Pipes Shape Chart! Note that is really is a DRAFT release, compiled in large part from my own collection, submissions from other Brigham owners, and a few old catalogs. There are still a great many gaps to fill to complete the project, so if…

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Quick Clean Up of a Brigham 341 Medium Bent Acorn

This Brigham Bent Acorn came to me in an estate lot purchase some time ago. I pulled it from my refurb box the other day and decided that it was time to give it a freshening up. It’s an interesting pipe in a number of ways – smaller than a lot of my Brigs, I’d…

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Announcing the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart Project

Hi everyone, I’m putting out this short mid-week post to announce a new project – the Brigham Pipe Shape Chart! Over its 100-plus years of production, Brigham has put out a boggling array of pipe shapes from classic Billiards and Bulldogs to Freehands and more exotic experimental pipes. This means that there’s almost always a…

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Cleaning up an Interesting 1960’s Brigham 122L Twin-Bore Poker

Before I came across this pipe, the only Poker in my Brigham collection was one that I had inherited from my father. I prefer to view those pipes as keepsakes rather than smokers, so I was happy to come across this Standard grade 1-Dot poker in a lot of pipes I purchased from a local…

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Rebuilding a Stem for a 1960’s Brigham 419 Club

I’ve wanted to add a Brigham Club pipe to my collection for some time, so when I spotted this 4 Dot version on eBay recently, I knew I’d be bidding, despite the pipe’s obvious shortcomings. The auction listing clearly showed one major problem – the lower portion of the stem’s bite/button area was missing a…

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Updating a Few Posts

Hi everyone, Just a quick note to let you know that I’ve been busy updating the content of a couple of my older posts based on information I recently received from Daniel More, President of Brigham Enterprises Inc. Daniel has been with Brigham since the 1980’s and was kind enough to share some of his first-hand…

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A Bevy of Brighams Part I

Anyone who has glanced at this site knows I am a long-standing fan of Brigham pipes, especially those made in Toronto, Canada before production moved to Italy and France after 2001. Knowing my pipe predilections, then, it will not be surprising to anyone that when I had the opportunity to acquire a small collection of…

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