Rehabilitating a Modified Sultan Figural Meerschaum

This pipe arrived at the workshop recently, sent in from a pipe smoker in the Prairies for a bit of TLC. The subject is a figural meerschaum in the shape of a Sultan’s head. The obvious issue was the broken Bakelite stem, which had snapped off near the shank. Less obvious before a closer examination…

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A New Stem for a WWII-Era John Brumfit Straight Grain Billiard

The hunt for hidden gems keeps a good number of pipe smokers and collectors wandering through antique shops, secondhand stores and other repositories of the past. One such treasure hunting prize, a John Brumfit Billiard, was sent to me recently for restoration along with its original box and sock. The manufacturer was unfamiliar to me…

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A New Stem and a Good Waxing for a Capped Meerschaum Author

The range and diversity of meerschaum pipes never fails to impress me. From traditional shapes to intricately carved designs and figurals, there is a meerschaum pipe to meet any taste. The pipe on the worktable today is a traditional smooth Author with a bit of Teutonic flare in the shape of a crowned nickel wind…

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From Junker to Jazzed – A New Vision for a Battered Medico Medalist

This pipe has been a project for a while, one that I have worked on in between other repairs over the last few months. The pipe in question, a Medico Medalist, had been knocking around the bottom of my refurb box for some time when I finally decided it was due some attention. It was…

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Fitting a New Stem to a Striking Bertram 105 Pot

Most often when I am sent a pipe to work on there are physical issues to deal with – a damaged stem, cracked shank, heat fissures, etc. This Bertram pipe is one of the exceptions to this rule. This time I was asked to make changes to the pipe to better suit the preferences of…

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New Stem & Dot for a 1960’s Brigham 104 Billiard

Brigham made a lot of pipes in their Toronto factory over nearly a century of production in Canada, so estate Brigham pipes are fairly common, especially in Ontario. Available in a wide range of quality and price points, there was a Brigham pipe to suit every style and budget and those pipers that loved them…

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A New Stem and a 6mm Filter Conversion for a Thomas Grand Luxe Footed Freehand

This attractive freehand pipe was sent to me by a client near Kingston, Ontario with the request to clean it up and, if possible, install a 9mm filter system. When it arrived at DadsPipes Central, I brought it to the worktable and made a full inspection. A good-sized freehand, the pipe was in obviously used…

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Re-Stemming a Brigham Footed Freehand

As many of you know, Brigham pipes are famous for their filter system composed of an aluminum tenon/filter holder and a tubular Rock Maple filter, or “distillator” as the company calls it now. I’ve made up replacement stems for many Brigham estate pipes, but this was my first time doing so for a Brigham Freehand.…

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An Autumn Makeover for a Darvill Squashed Tomato

I pulled this little Squashed Tomato stummel from my box and decided it would be the focus of my next restoration. Though it measures a more or less standard 1.5 inches wide, the bowl is only 1.25 inches tall, with a proportionally small 5/8” chamber bore. The stummel came to me without a stem and…

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Rehabilitating a Well Used Savinelli Silver 604 KS Oom Paul

This Savinelli Silver 604 KS Oom Paul is another pipe I acquired at my pipe club’s Swap Meet last November. It has languished in my refurb box since then, but I finally got it to the worktable. After so many months, I had to give the pipe a good inspection to refresh my memory. This Savinelli…

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