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A New Stem and a Cleanup for a 1986 Dunhill 5110

As you might guess after reading a few blog posts here, I really like estate pipes. Beautiful and functional in their own right, estate pipes also have a direct connection to the past, an attribute prized by many collectors. On the bench today is a lovely estate Dunhill, which arrived at DadsPipes with a rather… Continue reading A New Stem and a Cleanup for a 1986 Dunhill 5110

Restorations

When Repair Doesn’t Work, Make a New Stem

The art of estate pipe restoration is constantly evolving as creative restorers come up with inventive techniques and test new products, but sometime the pipe has other plans. The patient on the worktable today is a good example of the pipe leading the restoration. The pipe in question is a Don Carlos "two note" grade… Continue reading When Repair Doesn’t Work, Make a New Stem

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Repairing the Repairs on an Early 19th Century KB Bent Bulldog

Estate pipes have become increasingly popular over the last five or six years, and with that rise in popularity among pipe smokers and collectors has also come an increased interest in estate pipe restoration. Sometimes DIY restorations go very well indeed, but other times even experienced restorers can have things go wrong. When that happens,… Continue reading Repairing the Repairs on an Early 19th Century KB Bent Bulldog

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Salvaging a Hog-Chewed Dunhill Amber Root 3208

Accidents can happen to anyone, and mishaps seem most likely to strike when you're least expecting them. That was certainly the case for today's pipe restoration project. This 2002 Dunhill Amber Root 3208 Bent Bulldog fell out of its steward's pocket while he made the rounds of his farm north of Kingston, Ontario. Unfortunately, it… Continue reading Salvaging a Hog-Chewed Dunhill Amber Root 3208

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A Hand Cut Eldritch Resin Stem for a Lovely S. Bang Pipe

One of the perks of doing what I do here at DadsPipes is having the opportunity to work on some very high end artisan-grade pipes that I cannot afford to buy for my own rack and rotation. One example is this lovely Danish hand made S. Bang that was sent to me for repair. As… Continue reading A Hand Cut Eldritch Resin Stem for a Lovely S. Bang Pipe

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A Square Peg for a Round Hole – An Exercise in Working With What You’ve Got

In a perfect world, a repair shop has access to every part it needs and can get them from suppliers quickly and easily. Enter COVID and the accompanying supply chain issues, and parts that once took about five days to arrive now takes up to 10 days, assuming they are actually available to order. Unfortunately… Continue reading A Square Peg for a Round Hole – An Exercise in Working With What You’ve Got

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New Life for a Stanwell Legend 126

The pipe on the work table today was sent to me for some TLC. Its steward was concerned about the condition of the stem and the fading finish around the upper third or so of the bowl. As you can see from this first series of images, the pipe is Stanwell Legend 126, a shape… Continue reading New Life for a Stanwell Legend 126

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A New Delrin Tenon for an Interesting Tom Spanu Bamboo Freehand

Ask any pipe smoker, maker or collector and they will all tell you that the weakest part of a pipe, and thus the part most prone to damage, is the stem tenon. Most often cut as an integral part of the stem itself, the tenon holds the stem securely in place at the end of… Continue reading A New Delrin Tenon for an Interesting Tom Spanu Bamboo Freehand

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Worth Repairing? Salvaging a Seriously Cracked Lorenzetti Titus

Cost is almost always a prime consideration when it comes to estate pipe repairs. As I and other pipe restorers have proven more than once, virtually every estate pipe is repairable if the will to do so exists; whether the repair is worth the cost is a very different question, and the answer is very… Continue reading Worth Repairing? Salvaging a Seriously Cracked Lorenzetti Titus

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A New System Stem for a Patent Era Brigham 229 Author

The Brigham System has been on the market since 1938 when it was patented by Roy Brigham in Toronto, Canada. The original system consisted of a long aluminum tenon/filter holder into which fit a tube of untreated Rock Maple, which absorbed moisture from the smoke stream as it passed through the stem. Pipes from this… Continue reading A New System Stem for a Patent Era Brigham 229 Author