Restorations

New Year, New FrankenPipe

I had a bit of down time in the shop over the Christmas holidays so I decided to have a bit of fun working up a stray stummel and a few other parts into a FrankenPipe. I first came across this term on Steve Laug's seminal pipe restoration site RebornPipes, used to indicate a functional… Continue reading New Year, New FrankenPipe

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Refurbishing a Steward’s First Pipe

The choice of a first pipe is an important decision. As a new pipe smoker, finding the perfect first pipe is often a balancing act between cost and quality, not to mention finding a pipe shape that speaks to you, is comfortable to hold and clench, and that is neither too large nor too small.… Continue reading Refurbishing a Steward’s First Pipe

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A New Stem and a Cleanup for a 1986 Dunhill 5110

As you might guess after reading a few blog posts here, I really like estate pipes. Beautiful and functional in their own right, estate pipes also have a direct connection to the past, an attribute prized by many collectors. On the bench today is a lovely estate Dunhill, which arrived at DadsPipes with a rather… Continue reading A New Stem and a Cleanup for a 1986 Dunhill 5110

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When Repair Doesn’t Work, Make a New Stem

The art of estate pipe restoration is constantly evolving as creative restorers come up with inventive techniques and test new products, but sometime the pipe has other plans. The patient on the worktable today is a good example of the pipe leading the restoration. The pipe in question is a Don Carlos "two note" grade… Continue reading When Repair Doesn’t Work, Make a New Stem

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Repairing the Repairs on an Early 19th Century KB Bent Bulldog

Estate pipes have become increasingly popular over the last five or six years, and with that rise in popularity among pipe smokers and collectors has also come an increased interest in estate pipe restoration. Sometimes DIY restorations go very well indeed, but other times even experienced restorers can have things go wrong. When that happens,… Continue reading Repairing the Repairs on an Early 19th Century KB Bent Bulldog

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A Quick Refresh for a Charatan’s Make Special Chubby Pot

After taking on a number of more complicated restorations lately, it was a nice change to see this Charatan's Make Special cross the worktable. An estate purchase for its current steward, the pipe was sent directly to DadsPipes for a good cleanup to get it ready for active service after an indeterminant period in storage.… Continue reading A Quick Refresh for a Charatan’s Make Special Chubby Pot

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Salvaging a Hog-Chewed Dunhill Amber Root 3208

Accidents can happen to anyone, and mishaps seem most likely to strike when you're least expecting them. That was certainly the case for today's pipe restoration project. This 2002 Dunhill Amber Root 3208 Bent Bulldog fell out of its steward's pocket while he made the rounds of his farm north of Kingston, Ontario. Unfortunately, it… Continue reading Salvaging a Hog-Chewed Dunhill Amber Root 3208

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Cleanup and a New Hand Cut Ebonite Stem for a 1968 Dunhill LB

In modern times it would be difficult to think of anything that has benefitted the pipe smoking community more than the advent of the internet. Indeed, while there has been a pipe renaissance of sorts over the last five years or so, the number of pipe smokers and collectors remains a relatively tiny percentage of… Continue reading Cleanup and a New Hand Cut Ebonite Stem for a 1968 Dunhill LB

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A New Stem for a 1960’s Dunhill Shell Briar Pot

I always enjoy working on family heirloom pipes, and this Dunhill Shell Briar Pot, passed down to the current steward from his father, certainly fits the bill. As you can see from this first series of images, the pipe was in need of some TLC when it arrived on the bench. Like many much loved… Continue reading A New Stem for a 1960’s Dunhill Shell Briar Pot

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Restoring a 1932 Dunhill Patent Innertube Captain Warren

A little while ago I was contacted by a pipe smoker in California inquiring about repairs to a vintage Dunhill Captain Warren style pipe. For those unfamiliar, a "Captain Warren: is essentially a calabash with a removable bowl insert that sits above a condensing chamber at the bottom of the stummel. In the case of… Continue reading Restoring a 1932 Dunhill Patent Innertube Captain Warren