My First Pipe Restoration – My Grandfather’s Royal Falcon

Blog by David Lasher

I was traveling this past week for work and received an email from David regarding this pipe. He sent me photos of the pipe and the write up that follows. I was glad to hear from him and see his work. The pipe is a beauty and I think you will agree with me that he did a great job on the restoration. Welcome to rebornpipes David. We look forward to hearing more from you. –Steve

My grandfather was a New England hat maker. As a chemist, he made the dyes used to color the fur and felt of Stetson hats. He collected many things, including tobacco pipes like the ones he used. I recently grabbed one from my parents’ basement. After stumbling onto your website, I jumped in with both feet and attempted to restore my first pipe, a Royal Falcon 214. The following photos document the before and after of this pipe. From the start, your website was instrumental. You even helped me determine that Royal Falcons were produced as the seconds of Comoy’s.

Beautiful color of the Briar wood bowl. Note the teeth chatter and oxidation on the stem. Also, the Falcon engraving (with missing paint).Below, the bowl after being stripped with Murphy’s Oil Soap.Substantial Teeth Chatter and oxidation on the stem.Following guidance found on, the final product is—I think—fairly decent, especially for my first pipe restoration. It isn’t perfect, but thankfully I have nine more to work on and practice with.

The stem after soaking in Oxy-Clean and scrubbing, sanding, and polishing it. Who knew that 12000 grit sandpaper even existed?The imprints on both sides of the pipe. The right side of the bowl before refinishing the wood. Before and After: The Final Result

The pipe as it sat in a basement for the last three decades. Below, the pipe today with the oxidation removed from the stem and the stem polished. The bowl was stripped, re-stained, polished, and waxed. The wood is beautiful…and complimented with the restored deep black stem featured the painted falcon.Below, the final touch…the restored (repainted) Royal Falcon imprint on the stem.This was possible only through the guidance I received from Thank you very much!

4 thoughts on “My First Pipe Restoration – My Grandfather’s Royal Falcon

  1. Robert M. Boughton

    You did an excellent job that shows you have natural talent for pipe restoration. I wish I could say my first blog here was anywhere near as accomplished as yours. As it happens, that blog involved an unusual Chinese churchwarden that needed to have the awful red varnish removed and the stummel re-finished as well as re-stemming. I did an OK job on the wood, thinking I’d made great work of it, and the new replacement stem I bought shined up nicely, but of course that was easy! I didn’t even know how to bend the stem at that time and therefore left it straight. Looking back at the final photo, I realize how goofy it was! A short time later, I re-restored it for the young lady I gave it to, having by then the equipment and waxes needed to show the real, vibrant color of the wood and also the know-how to give the stem a slight bend that was just the way my friend wanted it. The fine job you did on the stem alone took me quite a while to be able to match! Congratulations on a beautiful first restoration and many more challenges in the future!


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