A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Well-Smoked ROPP Virgin Deluxe

My personal pipe preferences, notwithstanding the handful of Danish-style freehand pipes in my collection, tend toward classic, English shapes. This ROPP Virgin Deluxe, though battered and bruised in the eBay listing, had just the classic charm that I can’t seem to ignore, which is a bit ironic given its French heritage. When the pipe arrived on my worktable, I figured I might be able to … Continue reading A Diamond in the Rough – Restoring a Well-Smoked ROPP Virgin Deluxe

Cleaning Up a Gunky Peterson Aran 80S Bulldog

I bought quite a few estate pipes over the Christmas holidays, including this Peterson Aran 80S Bulldog. It arrived in a lot of three Petes along with two D shapes which I’ll be working on in due course. All three pipes were in very nice estate condition, and the seller had taken the time to wipe the worst of the dirt and grease from the … Continue reading Cleaning Up a Gunky Peterson Aran 80S Bulldog