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

Showing Off My Pot as Canada Preps for Legal Cannabis

The title of this post is a bit misleading – ok, it’s a complete bait and switch. I’m not talking about THAT pot at all (which should, of course, stay as far away from your prized briars, meers and cobs as humanly possible). Rather, I’m writing about a Patent Era Brigham 145 Extra Large Pot that somehow made its way into my refurb box – … Continue reading Showing Off My Pot as Canada Preps for Legal Cannabis

Adding a Patent Era Brigham 478 Townsman to the Collection

I’m excited to post this blog entry today as it marks the addition of a new shape to my collection of vintage Brigham pipes. Besides satisfying my “gotta get ’em all” fixation, this pipe also hits all the collector’s marks for age, condition and grade. This time I’m working on a Patent Era (1938-1955) Brigham 4-Dot briar in a smooth finish and in Shape 78, … Continue reading Adding a Patent Era Brigham 478 Townsman to the Collection

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

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. In theory, the system installs into a freehand style stem … Continue reading Re-Stemming a Brigham Footed Freehand

Rehabilitating a 1980’s Brigham 217 “Round Bulldog”

By far one of the most popular of pipe shapes is the classic diamond-shanked Bulldog, in either straight or bent versions. In the Brigham catalog, these are Shapes 16 and 26, respectively, but they are not the only pipe shapes labelled as Bulldogs by this producer. Also on the list are the Shape 25 Squat Bulldog, the Shape 67 Tall Bulldog, and the Shape 17 … Continue reading Rehabilitating a 1980’s Brigham 217 “Round Bulldog”

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 shape which is usually cut straight across the top of … Continue reading An Easy Restoration to Start the New Year: Renewing a Brigham 4-Dot Calabriar