Stem Repairs for a Unique Late 1980s Brigham 5-Dot

Here’s an interesting Brigham pipe for those with a penchant for something out of the ordinary. I spotted this 5-Dot on eBay and though I admit that the shape isn’t really my thing, I was nonetheless captivated. I entered a bid and won the auction. In due time, the pipe arrived at the house and…

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Major Stem Repairs and a New Aluminum Tenon for a 1980s-Era Brigham 365 Bent Acorn

Today’s post is another trial of the replacement aluminum tenon/filter holders I designed and made in my shop for use in repairing vintage Canadian-made Brigham pipes. If you missed the earlier post on the development of these tenons, you can find it here. As I’ve mentioned previously, Brigham moved to the newer composite tenons in…

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Freshening a Republic Era Peterson Kildare 01

I found this Peterson Kildare 01 at a local antique shop a while back and decided it was high time to spiff it up a bit. First a little research. Mark Irwin’s exhaustive work on Peterson pipes, The Peterson Pipe Book, provides this information in the section entitled Collector’s Guide: Kildare  1965 –  First issue of…

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Reviving a 1990’s Brigham 123 Bent Billiard in time for the Holidays

Happy New Year, everyone! This post is deliberately going live after the holidays to avoid spoiling the Christmas surprise for one lucky piper. I was contacted by a lady who was on the hunt for a few vintage Brigham estate pipes to present to her partner as a Christmas gift. Fortuitously, I had a few…

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A Good Cleaning & Stem Repair for a Peterson Kapmeer 24S

Twice a year there is a large antiques and collectibles show in my area. I love digging through the stalls at events like this, and though I’ve noticed a decided turn away from actual antiques towards “upcycled” or “gentrified old stuff” at this particular show, I still managed to come away with a few interesting…

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Restoration of a John’s Natural 532 by Comoy’s

A while back I wrote about a Comoy’s-made John’s Pipe Shop briar to which I fit a new stem. Dating from between 1910 and 1940, I was quite taken with the quality of that pipe, so I was keen to work on another. When I pulled this John’s sibling from the refurb box, I knew…

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Quick Refresh of a 1990’s Era Brigham 321 Woodstock

Today’s restoration is really more of a very good cleaning. This Brigham 321 (which Brigham called a Woodstock shape but other may label a Zulu) was well cared for by its previous owner as evidenced by the lack of dents, dings and scratches in the briar and vulcanite. The pipe had certainly been previously enjoyed…

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Restoring an Irish Made BPL Carved Bent Bulldog

I received an email from Peterson pipe aficionado Mark Irwin of Peterson Pipe Notes recently, with a request for some help restoring the stem on an intricately carved bulldog shaped pipe. The brand is a new one for me. As Mark explained in his note, the fellow who owned the tiny BPL (Briar Pipe Line)…

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An Easy Yet Remarkable Transformation for a Peterson System Standard 312

I found this Peterson pipe at a local antique mall a few months ago and finally had the chance to pull it from the refurb box and clean it up. As you can see from the attached pics, it had some cosmetic issues to contend with, mainly a heavily oxidized and mineral crusted stem.  Made…

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Re-Discovering Brigham’s Canuck Line of Pipes and Rehabilitating Two Prototypes – Part II

In today’s post I’ll be working on the first of two Brigham Canuck prototype pipes I wrote up last time. This Pot shaped pipe, probably made in the 1940’s or early 1950’s, was certainly showing its age when I brought it to the worktable to start cleaning it up. The body of the pipe wasn’t…

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