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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Giving New Life to a Classic French Billiard – A Butz Choquin Régate 1601 of St. Claude

The next pipe on the worktable is a handsome Butz Choquin Régate .  I acquired this pipe in August of 2018 from an eBay seller in Paris.  It was part of what I have called the French Lot of 50 which has produced many treasures, many of which are now with new stewards.  The full …

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Refreshing a Vintage ‘Best Briar Pipe’ Horn Stem Paneled Apple

The next pipe on the table is a diminutive, squared panel which I would call an Apple shape.  I acquired the pipe from an eBay seller in Nevada in November of 2017.  The Paneled Apple was in a Lot of 13 pipes which headed in my direction after having the sufficient bid. Pipe man, Daryn, …

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Giving Fresh Life to a Classy Bruyere Garantie Horn Stem Billiard

The next pipe on the worktable is a what has the feel of a French made pipe, but is simply marked, ‘Bruyere Garantie’.  I found this pipe in the summer of 2017 at one of my favorite places and it brings back fun memories.  This second hand, antique shop is on the main walking street …

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A Mobile Restoration from Minnesota via Nebraska to Colorado of a Beat-up Napoleon of Italy Billiard

This ‘mobile restoration’ begins on Mother’s Day as my wife and I embark on a trip from Golden, Colorado, to Minnesota to visit family – mainly to see my wife’s father who now lives in an assisted living facility.  When we returned to the US from Bulgaria last year, amid all the world pandemic concerns …

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