Restorations, Uncategorized

New Life for a Gardesana Pecher Bent Egg Mini-Warden

This pipe caught my eye recently while digging through my box of refurbs-in-waiting. Made by Gardesana, this "Pecher" series Bent Egg is what I call a Mini-Warden, a pipe fitted with a shorter version of a Churchwarden stem. Here is the pipe as it looked when I first brought it to the worktable. Overall, it… Continue reading New Life for a Gardesana Pecher Bent Egg Mini-Warden

Restorations, Uncategorized

A Churchwarden Conversion for a 1980’s Brigham 129 Author

This was an interesting project for me, requested by the same piper that brought me the Brigham Sportsman Freehand I wrote about last time. He had been wanting a Churchwarden pipe for some time and brought me a handful of pipes he thought might make good candidates for a conversion. In the end, we selected… Continue reading A Churchwarden Conversion for a 1980’s Brigham 129 Author

Restorations, Uncategorized

A Tricky Shank Repair on a Design Berlin Shirwitz Volcano Churchwarden

I was contacted recently by a DadsPipes reader with a request to look at his favourite pipe and determine what could be done to repair a crack running up the shank. I’ve repaired quite a few cracked shanks, but this pipe would prove to be a unique challenge. As you can see in the pics… Continue reading A Tricky Shank Repair on a Design Berlin Shirwitz Volcano Churchwarden

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Creating a Churchwarden from a Stanwell Rustic Paneled Horn

I thought I’d squeeze another pipe onto the DadsPipes Store shelves in time for the Holiday buying season. This Stanwell is one of the last survivors of the Danish Lot of 30 or so estate pipes I purchased about a year and a half ago. It had been sitting in the refurb box for quite… Continue reading Creating a Churchwarden from a Stanwell Rustic Paneled Horn

Pipe Essays, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading Updating a Few Posts

Restorations, Uncategorized

A 1940’s Brigham Churchwarden for the Collection

Happy New Year, everyone! It has taken me a bit longer than anticipated to get rolling on restorations and other posts for 2017. Surgery just before Christmas and renovations to my pipe room throughout December have delayed such endeavours until now, but I'm finally able to get back in the saddle and I'm itching to… Continue reading A 1940’s Brigham Churchwarden for the Collection

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African Meerschaum Poker Churchwarden Conversion

I picked up this meerschaum Poker on eBay from a fellow Canadian seller. I like to buy “local” pipes where possible for the glimpse it gives me of pipe history in towns and cities across the country. It’s also nice to deal in domestic currency every now and again! The stummel, which was in very… Continue reading African Meerschaum Poker Churchwarden Conversion