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Tenon and Stem Repair for an Interesting LL Bean Bent Billiard

This is the second heirloom pipe send to me for work, along with the Medico Square Pot about which I wrote last time. This time I'm working on an LL Bean Bent Billiard fitted with an interesting Smokemaster filter system first produced by Briarcraft in the USA in the early 210th Century, and again later… Continue reading Tenon and Stem Repair for an Interesting LL Bean Bent Billiard

Restorations

Restoration of an Edwardian Lady

This intricately carved meerschaum figural pipe came to me as part of an estate lot. It had waited patiently for restoration for a few years before I managed to get repairs underway, and even then it took me months to complete the work, picking away at it in the spaces between other jobs. As you… Continue reading Restoration of an Edwardian Lady

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Shank Repairs and a New Stem for a French Kaywodie La Roche Reject

This is a restoration project I picked away at in between other jobs over the last few months. The subject is a French-made Kaywoodie Square Shank Pot with a large bowl and a handsome sandblast finish. Unfortunately, the aluminum fitment had been scavenged from the pipe, shattering the shank in the process. The broken shank… Continue reading Shank Repairs and a New Stem for a French Kaywodie La Roche Reject

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Making a Hand-Cut Acrylic Stem from Rod Stock for an Algerian Briar Bamboo Rhodesian

This project was a first for me - hand cutting an Acrylic stem from rod stock. OK, not quite rod stock, as the chunk of acrylic I used was actually an off-cut from a 1" diameter by 4" long acrylic stem blank, so the airway drilling was already done when I started work. A stem,… Continue reading Making a Hand-Cut Acrylic Stem from Rod Stock for an Algerian Briar Bamboo Rhodesian

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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… Continue reading A New Tenon for an Italian Le Nuvole Chubby Pickaxe

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A New Stem for a Savinelli Capri Root Briar 614

A DadsPipes reader and fellow Ontario piper dropped off a handful of eBay pipe purchases for me to go through before he added them to his rack and rotation. As many eBay pipe hunters have found, an estate briar listed as "cleaned and ready to smoke" may or may not actually be clean and ready… Continue reading A New Stem for a Savinelli Capri Root Briar 614

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Resurrecting a Giant Kilimanjaro “War Club” Billiard

I received this extra large Billiard stummel in a box of pipes sent to me for repair by a pipe friend. I've called it a War Club in the post title as it is almost ridiculously oversized. The stemless stummel measures nearly 4 inches long from bowl to shank face, the shank is a whopping… Continue reading Resurrecting a Giant Kilimanjaro “War Club” Billiard

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Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

I've had the parts of this pipe in a ziplock bag in my refurb box for some time, and decided to pull it out for a look a few days ago. Despite a layer of dust and a crust of lava on the rim, this Peter Stokkebye Volcano had the undeniable appeal of a most… Continue reading Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

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A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand

This large pipe came to me for refurbishment in the latest lot from a fellow piper living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. I’ve worked on quite a few pipes for him over the last year, and this particular Blatter proved to be quite a challenge. To begin with, as you can see in the pics below, the… Continue reading A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand

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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