Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

Every so often, I receive a pipe for restoration that has been worked on before at some point in its past – sometimes professionally, but more frequently by a well-meaning piper attempting to save a cherished smoking companion. This Bari Pearl is a good example of the latter category. When I brought this bamboo-shanked Bent Billiard to the worktable, it looked to be in pretty … Continue reading Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

A Bevy of Brighams IV – Repairing Heat Fissures in a 1980’s Brigham 418 Pear

The Brigham Shape 18 Pear is quickly becoming one of my favourites; my very first pipe purchase back in university was a 2 Dot Pear, and it’s still in my rack and regular rotation. I’ve since added a 118, the restoration of which I’ve written about here, and now this 4-Dot version. The pipe arrived in good estate condition, like the rest of this estate … Continue reading A Bevy of Brighams IV – Repairing Heat Fissures in a 1980’s Brigham 418 Pear

Repairing a Near Burn-Out in an Ardor Giove Fantasy

This larger Ardor pipe belongs to a fellow pipe club member who asked me to clean it up for him. It is the first Ardor I’ve worked on, so I did a bit of research to bring myself up to speed on the brand. The company that would become Ardor Pipes was founded in 1911 by four brothers of the Rovero family in Varese, Italy. … Continue reading Repairing a Near Burn-Out in an Ardor Giove Fantasy