Rehabilitating Another Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock

A few weeks ago I wrote about restoring a Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock Canadian; I acquired this Shape 120 Dublin at the same time. This Shamrock was in about the same shape as its brother had been before I worked on it – dirty, with a heavily oxidized P-lip stem and a thick crust of lava covering the entire rim. The stem, showing a fair amount … Continue reading Rehabilitating Another Pre-Republic Peterson Shamrock

Reviving a Hard Smoked 4-Dot Brigham Sportsman Shape 42

This rather worn-looking Brigham Sportsman is the last of the pipes I found on my birthday pipe-hunting excursion back in December. The pipe had certainly been well enjoyed by its previous owner, though I’m not sure exactly how much care it was given. This “rough and ready” approach to pipe maintenance is somewhat to be expected when talking about a Sportsman pipe, as Brigham marketed … Continue reading Reviving a Hard Smoked 4-Dot Brigham Sportsman Shape 42

Stem Repairs and a General Freshening for a “Made by Millville” Full Bent

My wife took me out for a birthday lunch a week before Christmas. We had a lovely meal and spent the rest of the afternoon wandering a local antique mall looking for pipes. I came home with a few briar goodies to add to the refurb box, one of which I could not wait to start working on. The pipe was rather less than elegant … Continue reading Stem Repairs and a General Freshening for a “Made by Millville” Full Bent

Replacing the Mortise & Tenon on a Sultan Carved Meerschaum

Today’s post is a bit different than usual; instead of a  complete restoration, I’m going to focus on a repair that is surely one of the most common when presented with a damaged meerschaum pipe – replacing a Push-Pull fitting, the small plastic/Delrin parts used to create a strong mortise and tenon joint between stem and shank. Before getting into the repair itself, let’s talk about … Continue reading Replacing the Mortise & Tenon on a Sultan Carved Meerschaum

Salvaging a Burnt and Cracked Blatter Select Freehand

This is the second of two dilapidated Blatter pipes gifted to me by a pipe friend before Christmas. I wrote about the first restoration here. This pipe is somewhat larger in size and, as you will see, the restoration turned out to be similarly larger in scope. Unlike the first Blatter pipe, this one arrived with its original stem, a nicely cut swirled acrylic job … Continue reading Salvaging a Burnt and Cracked Blatter Select Freehand

Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

I’ve worked on several Stanwell Brazilia series pipes over the years. The series name and inherent character come from the shank extensions made of, in the early days, genuine Brazilian cattle horn or, more recently, of faux horn made of acrylic. Of the two versions, I prefer the look and feel of the genuine horn. It was just such an early Brazilia pipe that landed … Continue reading Repairing Stem and Shank Troubles on a Reg’d No Stanwell Brazilia 21

Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard

Every so often, I receive a pipe for restoration that has been worked on before at some point in its past – sometimes professionally, but more frequently by a well-meaning piper attempting to save a cherished smoking companion. This Bari Pearl is a good example of the latter category. When I brought this bamboo-shanked Bent Billiard to the worktable, it looked to be in pretty … Continue reading Repairing an Old Repair on a Bari Pearl 7080 Bamboo Bent Billiard