Rebuilding Shattered Shank Extensions on Two Castello Sea Rock Pipes

It’s been a while since I had a really challenging repair on the worktable. Straightforward restorations are great, don’t get me wrong, but after the twelfth basic ream & clean job, a more intricate repair can be refreshing and a chance to exercise some muscles not often engaged during less complicated projects. This pair of…

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Reviving a Forgotten Orlik P9 Bent Apple

Last week I wrote about a Meerschaum Canted Billiard stummel that had been lost in the back of a drawer for decades. Hidden away with that pipe was another stummel, the Orlik P9 Bent Apple that is the subject of this week’s post. The stummel was in above average estate condition, with the most notable…

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Preserving a Family Heirloom Master Bent

This post is a bit different from most on this site in that the pipe on the table today was sent for preservation more than restoration. It is stamped simply “Master Bent” on the left shank and “Imported Briar” on the right. I have been unable to find any reference to a maker online,; if…

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Something from Nothing – Creating a Mini Warden from a Junk Meerschaum Stummel

More than a few years ago now I was involved with an unfortunately short-lived local pipe club which held, among other things, a few swap meets where members could trade pipes, tobaccos etc. That is how this rather unloved-looking meerschaum pipe came to live in my box of refurbs-in-waiting. I have pulled the pipe out,…

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A Deep Cleaning and a New Stem for a Large Meerschaum Bent Billiard

This meerschaum Bent Billiard came in to the shop for a new stem, part of the same batch of pipes as the Nording freehand I wrote about last week. If you have read that post, the condition of this pipe when it arrived won’t be much of a surprise. As this series of pics shows,…

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Tangerine Dream – A “New” Pipe From an Old Stummel

Temporarily in between repair jobs the other day as I waited for a parts order to come in, I rummaged around in my refurb box and came out with a rather battered and neglected Bent Billiard stummel. An old “Pipes by Lee” briar, the original stem had departed long ago; I had, however, recently jumped…

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New Life for a Worn Old Pal Canadian

I was temporarily between projects the other day so I dug down to the bottom of my refurb box and came out with an old, well worn Canadian stummel. I brought it to the table and snapped this series of pics. Judging by the cleanliness of the chamber, I’ll suggest that this stummel was never…

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A New Tenon for an Italian Le Nuvole Chubby Pickaxe

Tenon and shank repairs are often the bread and butter of pipe repair techs, and understandably so – the tenon is usually the weakest part of a pipe and can be easily damaged accidentally. That was the case with the subject of today’s post, a striking Le Nuvole pipe in a shape I have dubbed…

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A New Tenon for a Lovely Kaywoodie Unique

I received an email from a regular DadsPipes reader a few weeks ago asking for help. A favourite pipe had been dropped and the tenon snapped off at the shank. Ouch! As anyone who has been a pipe smoker long enough will tell you, this sort of accidental damage is fairly common but always heartbreaking…

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Fitting a New Stem to a Striking Bertram 105 Pot

Most often when I am sent a pipe to work on there are physical issues to deal with – a damaged stem, cracked shank, heat fissures, etc. This Bertram pipe is one of the exceptions to this rule. This time I was asked to make changes to the pipe to better suit the preferences of…

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