Reworking a Shank Repair on a Jeantet Neuilly Bent

This pipe has been on and off my work table since last August, believe it or not. It was just one of those projects that went in fits and starts, in this case due to the stubborn refusal of an old repair to submit to my ministrations. The pipe is a nicely shape full bent stamped “Jeantet” over “Neuilly” on the left shank, and, more faintly, … Continue reading Reworking a Shank Repair on a Jeantet Neuilly Bent

A New Vision for a Butz-Choquin Galion 1661 Sitter

This is a story about potential and a bit of risk-taking to fulfil it. When I pulled this pipe from the refurb box, I immediately felt that it wasn’t quite living up to its potential, not necessarily as a functional pipe, but rather as an “objet d’art”. Pipes, in my mind, fall into that rare category of things that serve a simple function but can also … Continue reading A New Vision for a Butz-Choquin Galion 1661 Sitter

What the Heck is Brylon?? – A Yello Bole Standard Panel Billiard

Down near the bottom of my box of estate pipes to refurb was this Yello Bole Standard Brylon octagonal billiard. I had noticed the unique shape of the bowl when the auction lot arrived, but I figured I had better do some research before playing with this pipe too much. According to Pipedia, Brylon was invented in 1966 by the S.M. Frank & Co Ltd … Continue reading What the Heck is Brylon?? – A Yello Bole Standard Panel Billiard

Cleaning Up a Kaywoodie “500” Canted Billiard

This old Kaywoodie “500” came in a recent auction lot and arrived in fair condition for a pipe that was likely never expected to last as long as it has. On the other hand, the 500 and 600 lines from Kaywoodie were cheap, low-end pipes manufactured between 1959 and 1967, so perhaps my specific 500 wasn’t doing too badly for its age. It did have a … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Kaywoodie “500” Canted Billiard

Investigating a Melting Stem While Refreshing a Willard Imported Briar

This smaller pipe came to me in pretty rough cosmetic condition. Marked “Willard” over “Imported Briar”. Pipedia tells us this: “The Willard pipes were made by Sparta Industries in Sparta, N.C from 1963 to 1975 (about 60,000 pipes per week). Some were distributed by the Post and Base Exchanges that serviced the military during the Vietnam War. Others were produced for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco.” … Continue reading Investigating a Melting Stem While Refreshing a Willard Imported Briar

Rehabilitating a Worn Jarl 852 Sitter

This Jarl Sitter pipe (pictured third from the top in the left-most column in the pic below) is stamped “Oil Hardened” on the top shank and “Jarl” over “Made in Denmark” on the bottom shank. Across the shank at the mortise end is stamped “852”, and the stem sports a nicely defined “crowned J” Jarl logo. The pipe was DIRTY when it came out of … Continue reading Rehabilitating a Worn Jarl 852 Sitter

Dressing up a Drab Imported Briar Oom Paul

I thought I’d squeeze in another post before heading out for a late-summer camping trip before back-to-school activities take over. This no-name Oom Paul pipe came to me in a recent auction lot purchase (second row from the bottom, centre column in the pic). It was in pretty good shape when it arrived. Compared to many pipes in the lot, this one had not seen … Continue reading Dressing up a Drab Imported Briar Oom Paul