Restorations, Uncategorized

Rusticating a London Made Billiard

The work on this pipe has been started and stopped several times over the last few months, repeatedly sidelined in favour of more pressing repair jobs. It's been so long, in fact, since I started working on it that it took me quite a while to find (most of) the pictures. This series of pics… Continue reading Rusticating a London Made Billiard

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My Dremel Polishing Techniques with a No-Name pipe from Sozopol Bulgaria

Dal Stanton has provided a detailed tutorial here in the use of a Dremel/rotary tool to buff and wax pipes. This is something every piper should know. If you’ve got a Dremel, you’ve got a buffer!


Blog by Dal Stanton

My reaction to Steve’s request that I write a step by step procedure of how I use a Dremel in my restorations was, “Who, me?  Uh….”  When he said that I was the only one that he knew of that uses a Dremel for the entire buffing/polishing process and that my results were up there with high powered buffers, these results piqued his curiosity.  When he also said that others too might be interested in my approach, I agreed to write this essay because I’ve benefit a great deal from reading others and discovering both methodologies of the art and the camaraderie that exists among pipe men (and women!) and those who restore tired pipes.  So, I proceed with this caveat: Since I’ve never used a normal sized powered buffing wheel I can’t compare these with my use of a Dremel.  My use of a Dremel…

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My First Spare Parts Pipe and a Rustication Experiment

My estate pipe collecting must have hit critical mass this past month. Most of what I get in an average estate lot are complete pipes; of these, about 90% or more are able to be restored to close to factory condition. The other 5-10%, however, are too far gone and I end up salvaging what… Continue reading My First Spare Parts Pipe and a Rustication Experiment