Sometimes Easy is Better – Restoring a Worn Ivarsson-Designed Stanwell RegD No Silver S 09

This Stanwell is one of the five additional pipes I purchased from the family that sold me the Danish Lot estate collection last spring. Presumably, these pipes were the go-to companions for their previous owner; keeping them in a quality leather pipe bag indicates a desire to have this selection of pipes close at hand. The condition of this Stanwell Silver S when it arrived … Continue reading Sometimes Easy is Better – Restoring a Worn Ivarsson-Designed Stanwell RegD No Silver S 09

Que Bella! Reviving a Savinelli Punto Oro Mister G 920KS

The Savinelli company has been famous for its quality pipes almost since its inception in 1876. Indeed, the Punto Oro series of classically shaped pipes were designed to compete head-on with those of English rival Alfred Dunhill, and carry a brass pin or “golden dot” on the stem in the same place as Dunhill’s famous White Spot. The Mister G line of pipes is a … Continue reading Que Bella! Reviving a Savinelli Punto Oro Mister G 920KS

Cleanup of a Savinelli Nonpareil Smooth 9904 Bent Dublin

When I first pulled this pipe from my refurb box, I thought I was looking at another Danish design. It was only after taking a closer look that I realized it was, in fact, an Italian pipe, a Savinelli Nonpareil 9904, which Savinelli describes as a Bent Dublin. The pipe is stamped “Savinelli” over “Nonpareil” onflickr the left shank, and “9904” over “Italy”, along with … Continue reading Cleanup of a Savinelli Nonpareil Smooth 9904 Bent Dublin

Refreshing a Stanwell Royal Guard 01-M Freehand Pickaxe

This is likely one of the last “simple” restorations from the Danish Lot, the estate collection I purchased last Spring. I’ll be getting into the weeds with some trickier repairs on future pipes, but cleaning up this Stanwell Royal Guard was about as straightforward as it gets. The pipe arrived on the worktable in excellent estate condition, without any major dings or dents, and with … Continue reading Refreshing a Stanwell Royal Guard 01-M Freehand Pickaxe

Restoring a Vacation Find – A Cased Bruyere Garantie Long-Shanked Billiard

I recently returned from a family vacation to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It was great to see family and friends again and do a bit of “touristing” with the kids before the back-to-school maelstrom hit. My father-in-law helped me track down this pipe at an antique shop not too far from the Confederation Bridge, which links PEI with New Brunswick. The shop had a few … Continue reading Restoring a Vacation Find – A Cased Bruyere Garantie Long-Shanked Billiard

Splicing a Broken Shank on a 1960’s Era Brigham 384 Bent Brandy

Just about the worst thing that can happen to a pipe smoker is damage to a favourite pipe. We wince at the smallest handling marks, dread rim dents and try our darnedest to keep our Vulcanite stems from oxidizing. So I can understand a panic reaction when something really dreadful happens to a favourite pipe. Take this 1960’s-era Brigham 384 Bent Brandy, for example, which … Continue reading Splicing a Broken Shank on a 1960’s Era Brigham 384 Bent Brandy

Restoring a Well-Loved Stanwell Bamboo Peewit

I actually pulled this pipe out of the box of waiting estate pipes quite some time ago, getting part way through the restoration and then leaving it on my desk for several weeks before finally coming back to it. Some pipes just seem to need time on the worktable while I putter with other projects before they’re ready to take centre stage themselves. This Stanwell … Continue reading Restoring a Well-Loved Stanwell Bamboo Peewit