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Christmas Cheer!


Ahh Christmas it brings a twinkle to every childs eye, the magic of old St.Nick, the chill in the air and lights lit for as fas as the eye can see. I too felt like a child Christmas morning, it seems Dad was also on the good list this year.


A pair of Neerup sandblasted classic cherrywood pokers.


Savinelli Trevi 616 & Peterson Donegal Rocky XL 90.


A pair of Stanwell Sterling Black 95 & 182.


And tobacco out the wazoo.


Photo’s taken in our new folding photo studio. Between my wifes and my blog it makes things a little easier then covering cardboard boxes with printer paper.

My wife is apparently in cahoots with the fat man himself and was busy amassing a stockpile of pipes & tobacco Wow! I can now scratch a few off the pipe bucket list . Thank you Baby.

Now the estate pipes, the deal was no shopping until after Christmas and thats a hard pill to swallow, between Ebay, Etsy and the various online shops I frequent on daily basis, but I was good and left it to my wife, daughter and father to catch the deals. Thank you Sue, Mack & Dad.



(Ad courtesy of The Custom-bilt Pipe Story)


This was a nice addition to my collection. Picture Christmas morning 1940’s-1950’s and this tinny box awaits you under the tree in closed a miniature Custombilt and a gift certificate from your favorite B&B . The miniature pipe and certificate would then be turned in for a full size Bilt of your choosing. They were non-smoking miniatures made of clay or wood.


Top Bilt Un-Smoked Mincer era, bottom Chunky bull Mincer era.


Top Bilt Mincer era, bottom Wally Frank era.


Two Mincer era bilts very worn nomenclature.

Captain Pete XL 80


Captain Pete XL 80. This was a big bucket list pipe that I have been in search of for some time now and original box to boot. I have been a big fan of Peterson pipes and the Captain Pete with it’s shorter stem and fat bowl was one I had to have but didn’t expect to ever get.


And last but not least a 2013 Brian Doran handmade poker. I have many pipes in my collection but I didn’t have a poker. Now with the Doran and two Neerup’s I have three.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Holiday and enjoyed family, friends and a good smoke.

Now after a month of dealing with a medical annoyance doctor’s have put me on a cocktail of meds to control my chronic hives and angioedema. The swelling in my hands has finally subsided so I can now get back to my refurbishing projects. My plate is full of new estates waiting to be put back in service. I will begin positing new restorations this week starting with a beautiful Rich Era saddle grain Custombilt sent to me by Clint of Pipescoundrel .

Above and Beyond…

One good turn deserves another.

The pipe community is in deed an amazing lot of folks and Clint of Pipes Scoundrel is one of them. The Custombilt pipes are in the works and hopefully I can post one on my blog after Christmas.

I dig the Se7en quote. I’m fresh out of severed heads but enjoy the pipe & tobacco.

Happy & Safe Holidays.


pipe scoundrel

Yesterday, I came home after a long day at work and was surprised to find a box sitting on my front porch. I hadn’t ordered anything recently so I was a bit confused as to what it could be. Seeing as how I’m a world famous pipe blogger I was a little worried that maybe a crazed fan had mailed me a severed head or something… Unfortunately the box was a little to small for a head, (maybe next time) so I brought it in the house and opened it. What I found inside was even better than a human head. Okay, maybe not “better” but every bit as good as a human head.


So here’s the deal… A few weeks before Thanksgiving I contacted a fellow blogger, pipe enthusiast, artisan and friend named Tim who restores estate pipes and showcases them on his blog Pipes Revival. Having read many of his posts…

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I am thankful for my beautiful and understanding wife for my daughter who’s humorous antidotes keep me smiling and a father who will drop all to help in anyway. Thank you to Steve of Reborn Pipes for sharing my posts and to readers who enjoy reading my blog. A huge thank you to my friend Clint ,a fellow blogger and piper. I love reading his no bull, straight forward tobacco reviews at Pipes Scoundrel , he covers a wide variety of topics on his blog it’s never boring definitely worth checking out .Recently Clint contacted me and asked if I would be interested in a few Custombilt pipes that didn’t fit his style of smoking and new that they would be right at home here and appreciated. I received the pipes at the end of last week in the midst of a medical hiccup. For three weeks I have been unable to work on my pipes .I will begin refurbishing and writing  as soon as I recover. Below are the three beautiful  Rich era Custombilts that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Thank you again Clint, Happy and safe Holidays to you and your family.

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Custombilt Compilation

I’m starting to realize the photos of my process on many of the pipes I’ve redone in the past are lost. Luckily I have before and after photos, please bare with me as new pipes are redone I will add more detailed photos of my process. I decided to put together a compilation of some of my favorites.




Custom-bilt pipes there will be quite a few of these. I’m a collector and I haven’t seen an end in sight. Each one has it’s own personality As Individual As A Thumbprint stands true. The few below were redone in the past year.  My process has remained the same for that time, I followed the same process as in my previous posts.

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(1939 brochure)


Images & information courtesy of Bill Ungers As Individual As A Thumbprint-The Custombilt Pipe Story.


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First up a Custom-Bilt patiented filter system billiard from what I’ve read it was made between 1935 to around 1941. A very large, long and partically rusticated pipe .I have to two in my collection one redone and one in the to do box.


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Next up another Custom-Bilt filtered pipe. In my first post I went through my process of cleaning a similar pipe that also had it’s rubber filter insert. I could not find an exact year or much else on these. Between 1941-1946 ? Something had nested in the stem, luckily it had moved out prior to my receiving it. One of the smallest bilts I own.


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The first Custom-Bilt I purchased around three years ago. The bottom right photo was from the auction. Still one of my favorites.



 Typically I go after older Custom-Bilt pipes but there was something different about this one. The Canadian shape and shell finish was eye catching . It’s my one and only Canadian style pipe.

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Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new blog! This is just an introductory post so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I decided to start a blog because I enjoy refurbishing estate pipes and if it wasn’t for blogs similar to this, I wouldn’t have made it this far.

Over the next few months I plan to be writing, sharing posts and photos.

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