A Bevy of Brighams – Part II: Refreshing a Brigham 503 Billiard

This Brigham 503 Billiard is the second pipe I worked on from the lot of seven 1980’s vintage Brigham pipes I purchased before Christmas. Unlike the Brigham 562 Student pipe I wrote about previously, which featured a mix of smooth and rusticated finishes, this Billiard is fully smooth with a contrast stain that makes full use of the briar’s eye-catching mix of cross and birdseye … Continue reading A Bevy of Brighams – Part II: Refreshing a Brigham 503 Billiard

Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked Brigham 4 Dot Prince

I picked this Prince shaped pipe off eBay some time before Christmas. As I recall, the online photos weren’t the best quality but sufficient to show that this pipe had seen some hard use. When I brought it to the worktable, the scars of the past were obvious – the bowl was thickly caked, the rear rim was crusted over with lava, and the front … Continue reading Reclaiming a Hard-Smoked Brigham 4 Dot Prince