This Danish Freehand by Bjarne was sent to me, along with a few other pipes that had belonged to the owner's father, for a good cleaning and a refresh. I was immediately taken by the unique design of the stummel which features a spiral design winding up the bowl from a Vulcanite-clad foot to a… Continue reading Refreshing a Stunning Bjarne Hand Made Footed Freehand
The Norseman series of "Scandinavian-inspired" freehand shapes was introduced to the Brigham lineup in the 1960s during the Danish Freehand craze and continued production until roughly 1980. The rusticated Norseman pipes were available in six shapes, stamped as 9W2 through 9W7. The first two shapes, 9W2 and 9W3, were the same Egg shape in two… Continue reading Reviving a Brigham Norseman Egg
This attractive freehand pipe was sent to me by a client near Kingston, Ontario with the request to clean it up and, if possible, install a 9mm filter system. When it arrived at DadsPipes Central, I brought it to the worktable and made a full inspection. A good-sized freehand, the pipe was in obviously used… Continue reading A New Stem and a 6mm Filter Conversion for a Thomas Grand Luxe Footed Freehand
Needing a break from all the Brigham and Blatter pipes I've worked on lately, I dug down through my box of estate pipes and came up with this Stanwell Buffalo. It is a Shape # 140, which Bas Steven's list of Stanwell shapes identifies as a "Small freehand, slightly bent, full mouthpiece by Jess Chonowitsch".… Continue reading Repairing a Cracked Horn Shank Extension on a Stanwell Buffalo
This Georg Jensen Goodwill freehand is another of my holiday acquisitions. Truthfully, I bought this one on spec because I liked the lines of the pipe and the grain in this piece of briar. I knew nothing of Georg Jensen pipes, and after a look through my usual online source, I know very little more.… Continue reading Sprucing up an Unsmoked Georg Jensen Goodwill 48
This beautiful Søren freehand pipe is similar in shape to the Karl Erik pipe in a previous post. Both pipes are freehand sitters with plateau tops on rim and shank, and both have fancy turned stems, but of the two, this Søren takes the prize for perfect briar. Unlike the Karl Erik, which had a… Continue reading Cleaning Up a Stunning Søren Freehand Sitter
My apologies on the wait for this post. I had hoped to get it done before our family vacation but there you have it. This one is for all you Danish Freehand pipe fans. The Danes invented Freehand pipes and have proven to be darned good at it. This example is a Karl Erik pipe,… Continue reading Refreshing a Karl Erik Grade 2 Freehand Sitter
I've found most of my estate Brigham pipes on eBay so far. This one caught my eye for two reasons - it was a model/shape that I hadn't seen before and it was a bit of a mystery! The listing pics were not of the best quality, so it was nearly impossible to make out… Continue reading King of the Brighams – Identifying a Presidential Series A Grade Freehand!