Charles did a great job on swapping the tenon and pins from a damaged Brigham stem to a new stem. He shows a pretty good how to process for those of you who wish to do the same. Thanks Charles.
Sourcing the correct materials to restore vintage pipes is a constant task, and one made more complicated as the years go by. The youngest of the Canadian-made Brigham pipes are now nearly 20 years old, production having shifted to France and Italy in 2001. At about the same time the original aluminum tenon/filter holders were replaced by the current composite tenons.
For pipe repairers, this means that new-old-stock aluminum tenons are rarer than hens teeth. Provided the tenon on the original stem is in usable condition, the best option for fitting a new stem to a vintage Brigham is to transplant the aluminum tenon into the new stem blank.
That is the task at hand for the Brigham 113 Prince on the worktable today. As you can see from this series of pictures, the stummel was in decent estate condition when I brought it to the table, but the stem…
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