Cleaning Up a Pre-Republic (?) Peterson Shamrock 263 P-Lip Canadian

A lucky eBay bid brought a pair of Shamrock pipes to me a few months ago. This is the first of the pair, a Pre-Republic 263 Canadian with a P-Lip stem. Shamrock is a seconds brand of Peterson which, to my mind, presents excellent value for dollar if you are willing to overlook one or two more obvious fills in the briar. This pipe had … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Pre-Republic (?) Peterson Shamrock 263 P-Lip Canadian

Repairing Old Fills in a Blatter Canadian

This is the second of six Blatter pipes sent to me for refurbishment. Of the lot, this Canadian is the owner’s admitted favourite, and I can see why. The long, elegant shape is rather appealing, and the amber acrylic stem on this pipe is quite eye-catching. The pipe hit the worktable in very nice estate condition, with light tooth chatter on the stem, some darkening … Continue reading Repairing Old Fills in a Blatter Canadian

Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian

I spotted this Patent Era Brigham 390 Canadian pipe on eBay and being the Brigham junkie that I am, I could not resist bidding. The listing was very scant on information and photos, but made mention of a chip/dent from a possible fall. When the pipe arrived in the mail, I had a chance to give it a good once-over, and was not disappointed. The pipe … Continue reading Quick Chip Fill on a Patent Era Brigham 390 Smooth Canadian

A Simple & Effective Bowl Coating

Pipe makers and restorers use various types of bowl coatings for a variety of reasons. Some coatings are factory-applied to new pipes in the belief that they help protect the briar wood of the bowl from burnouts and assist in the formation of cake – that even layer of hard ashy stuff that insulates the briar from the heat of the burning tobacco. Sometimes a … Continue reading A Simple & Effective Bowl Coating