Hi my name’s Tim, I am from Amsterdam New York. I began refurbishing estate pipes on the weekend’s five years ago as a way to occupy my spare time, for the last two years it has become what occupies most of my time (disability).
I was an on and off pipe smoker since I was younger and in the past few years have I become more interested in pipes and tobacco. Buying and restoring estate pipes not only allows me to smoke a variety of pipes at a lower cost but it also opens the door to the history of pipe makers /manufacturer’s of the past. Tracy Mincer (Custom-bilt) is one of those makers and for the past three years it has been the focus of my collecting so there will be quite a few being redone here.They are getting harder and harder to find nowadays but it hasn’t stopped my search.
I have many other pipe brands beside Custombilt in my arsenal, I call these my smokers simply because I smoke them, so my posts won’t be on one topic.
I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, refurbishing and repurposing, I built tattoo machines out of our kitchen when my wife and I first met, rebuilt motorcycles, car’s and repurpose whatever I can find. The pipe community is a friendly and generous bunch and much of what I learned is from blogs, forums and just plain trial and error. Hopefully some of what I share is helpful, as similar blogs have helped me.
Thanks for looking.