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

Tidying Up a Brigham 442 Oval Shank Bent Acorn

Back in July 2017 I posted the refurbishment of a Brigham 341 Bent Acorn pipe. Here now is its big brother, a Shape 42 Bent Acorn, this time in a 4-Dot grade. The Shape 42 sports a full-on oval shank and a taller bowl than its Shape 41 sibling, and despite the two pipes being roughly equal in length, the 42 is a noticeably larger … Continue reading Tidying Up a Brigham 442 Oval Shank Bent Acorn

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 pictures as an introduction to the pipe. As you can … Continue reading Scorched Briar and Unique Stamping Reveal a Part of Brigham Pipe History

The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart

Time for another Shape Chart update! Here is Version 1.2. (uploaded 11 Oct 2018) This updated and reformatted version of the Brigham Pipes Shape Chart has been revised for online readability and features a few 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 Kaiser and Paul … Continue reading The Official Unofficial Brigham Shape Chart

“Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin

One fun side effect of cataloging my pipes in support of the Brigham Shape Chart project was that I learned which pipe shapes I owned already, and by extension, which shapes I did not have in the collection. So I was pleased when this Brigham 287 showed up in a recent estate purchase. This 2-Dot Bent Dublin fills in one more spot in my growing … Continue reading “Tip & Tail” Repairs for a 1970’s Brigham 287 Bent Dublin