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Thanks for stopping by The Pipe Steward!  Below you will find a library of all my restorations many originally posted on RebornPipes.  While you're here, check out The Pipe Store and to explore virtual 'Help Me!' baskets in the For "Pipe Dreamers" Only! collection where there are MANY pipes listed that can be commissioned if you don't see something in the store for your liking.  I'm adding more pipes periodically.  Remember, proceeds from the sale of restored pipes helps support the work of the Daughters of Bulgaria – see the tab for more information.  Glad you came by! 

Uncovering the Vintage of a Paul Viou Half Bent Billiard of Saint Claude

I acquired the ‘French Lot of 50’ in August of 2018, from a seller in Paris.  It has contained many treasures which are now in the possession of many pipe men and women who commissioned them from the ‘For “Pipe Dreamers” ONLY!’ collection benefitting the work of the Daughters of Bulgaria – helping women and …

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Unraveling the Origins of ‘The Kensington’ Made in London England 296B Canadian

I acquired this attractive Canadian in January of 2018 and was considering adding it to my own personal collection.  The eBay seller in Fort Myers, Florida, described the Canadian as: “Fantastic Sasieni Family era produced The Kensington” and that it was believed to be a second of Sasieni.  I liked the pipe a lot and …

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A Memorable Pipe Picking Adventure from Colorado to Bulgaria and Ukraine

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit our former home and place of work in Bulgaria for several weeks in August and September.  When we left Sofia last year and relocated to Golden, Colorado, it was amid the earlier COVID concerns, and our departure left many unspoken goodbyes to friends and colleagues.  We …

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Reclaiming a Wenhall Futura 87 Fancy Rusticated Miniature Billiard from a Shank Crack and Crushed Stem

The next pipe on the worktable I found on the online auction block in December of 2017.  I was drawn to the pipe by its unique shape and deeply carved rustication which could almost pass for an ‘extreme’ blasted surface.  As often is the case with online sellers, the pictures don’t always tell everything, and …

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Rescuing A Butz Choquin Rocaille St.Claude-France 1027 Rusticated Bulldog to Commemorate Another Bulldog Named Whiskey

Nick is the elder brother of Ellie, who lived with us as an ‘adopted daughter’ while she studied at Sofia University completing her degree in Chinese Language and Culture.  Their parents, CC and Svetly, good friends of ours, loved to go to flea markets and poke around to find treasures.  I became the benefactor of …

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Discovering the Origins of a French Echt Lacroix S.A. Erikson 185 Flame Grain Billiard

I purchased the Lacroix S.A. Erikson at an antique shop on the walking street in Burgas, Bulgaria, during the summer of 2017.  My wife and I had gone to the Black Sea coast and were enjoying our summer holidays. The little copper pot on the stack of books contained a gaggle of pipes waiting for …

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A Stem Replacement for a French Jeantet Bruyere Jumbos Since 1807 960 Needle Carved Satin Grain Billiard

The next pipe on the worktable I acquired in January of 2017 from a seller in Akron, Ohio.  I’ve enjoyed working on several Jeantet pipes of Saint Claude, France, in the past, but never one as large as this pipe.  It was designated a ‘Jumbo’ in the eBay information.  The information also confirmed what the …

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New Life to a French Chapuis-Comoy Sunrise 729 Acrylic Bent Stem Dublin Sitter

The next pipe on the worktable came to me in 2018 when my son, Josiah, contacted me from an antique shop in St. Louis, where he lived and was studying.  He found a box of pipes with a price on it, and he texted me in Bulgaria, where we were then, with a question whether …

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