About The Pipe Steward

20170110_151536856_iosA ‘steward’ is simply someone who manages or cares for the property of another.  When Steve Laug, author of Rebornpipes, encouraged me (maybe with a wee bit of gentle coercion 🙂 ) to publish my first write up on Rebornpipes, I didn’t realize that I would be entering somewhat of a sacred stewardship – the reclamation and restoration of estate pipes.  “Estate” is an interesting use of a word – one might be tempted to use the word “used” pipe, but this would not tell the whole story.  An estate sale is most often the liquidation of the worldly belongings of one who has died.  When we receive an estate pipe, whether from an estate sale, an eBay auction or picking at our favorite thrift or antique store, the steward-less pipe we find, reclaim, restore, and recommission, is left to us by others.  We are simply stewards.  We know that those special, treasured pipes, which have claimed a favored place in our rotation and reflections, will too, one day, be passed on to others – perhaps to loved ones who will cherish the memories they bring or to steward restorers whose respect for the history, legacy and life of each pipe’s former stewards will apply his skill to give their pipe a new and fresh start at yet another lifetime.  We are all stewards of the life given to us, but I am also a steward of pipes passed on to me and this is why the site is called, The Pipe Steward.

As stewards of the life gifted to us, my wife and I lived and worked in Bulgaria for 15 years and in Europe for over 25 years. Even though we are now based in Golden, Colorado, for the time, we continue to do what we can helping fellow broken people find a better, surer path in life.  We work alongside of other like-minded people who we consider family.  Family is important.  During the years of our time in Europe each of our children, in turn, returned to the US to walk the paths the Giver of life had set for them.  One of the unexpected pleasures of writing about pipes is that it not only allows me to hone the exacting skills a needy pipe deserves, but also to relay stories of life – the unearthed story of the pipe on my work desk, and, in a limited and passing way, my story and of those nearest to us.

Another unexpected and appreciated discovery of posting that first restoration, the fruit of Steve’s strategic encouragement, was the camaraderie among fellow-restorers, bloggers and commentators that I’ve met (virtually) via posts on Rebornpipes.  Having been a relative newcomer to the pipe restoration world with many ‘newbie’ questions, I have benefited and grown because of the welcome and experience of others – a true fellowship, indeed.  It has been gratifying to post the fruits of my pipe-work on Rebornpipes.com and for Steve’s virtual ‘welcome mat’ to folks like me some years ago.  I hope that these meager contributions to the opus of pipe restoration lore are beneficial to those who read them and who become pipe stewards!

Dal in Golden

11 thoughts on “About The Pipe Steward

    1. ThePipeSteward - Dal in Bulgaria

      Here you are: Length: 6 inches, Height: 1 7/8 inches, bowl width: 1 1/8 inches, Chamber width: 3/4 inches, Chamber depth: 1 11/16 inches


    1. ThePipeSteward - Dal in Bulgaria

      Jim, I’ve been aware of this discussion and I’m game to see if this might be good for your Canadian. It’s straight and shouldn’t be difficult to open. I would be interested in how it does too!


  1. tabunah

    Delighted to learn of your hobby. How far is your committed effort backed up? I’d be delighted to purchase a few as gifts to add our church’s support of your efforts.

    Please let me know. Also, you might enjoy this article on the history of estate pipes. https://l.tabunah.com/2J8OsI7


    1. ThePipeSteward - Dal in Bulgaria

      Thanks for your words and comments! The article has a lot of helpful information and links. Most people ‘commission’ pipes to be restored from the ‘For “Pipe Dreamers” ONLY!’ collection because I can’t keep pipes in the store. Thanks so much!


  2. Don Ross

    Good morning Sir, your name was given to me by Axel Foley. I just acquired a pipe that I have no idea about it. Would like to send pictures and see if you could tell me about and possible restoration


  3. Linwood Hines

    Dal, you struck a chord in me with this pipe! After so many years (geez, over 40) of avoiding bent pipes, I’ve begun enjoying them – seeing the benefit of them, especially when reading. Then I see your write up – your restoration of this special gift! I certainly dont think I care for a churchwarden, but man, this pipe is the cat’s pajamas! As it was a gift (lucky man) I know you’d not want to let it go, but now I’m on a quest to find one similar! Thank you for your gift to us on Christmas!


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