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Odd thought about Canadian pipe repairers that occurred to me

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  • Started 2 months ago by Bill Nichols
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  1. bnichols23

    Bill Nichols

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    In the US we've got a pretty good batch of pipe repair pros. A thought occurred to me in thinking about how tough things are for our Canadian brethren/sistern. [sic, very] Serious question:

    Are there any reputable/reliable Canadian pipe repair providers?

    Bill

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  2. davet

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    Great question

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Steve Laug does resto, but not as a full time gig. https://rebornpipes.com/

    I don't know of any who do it full time. There was a guy in Calgary who did it for some of the shops in town, but I have no idea who or what his skill level was.

    Thing is, as a Canadian, there just isn't enough trade in pipes to make any kind of living at it - not enough people, not enough smokers, most especially, not enough pipe smokers.

    I do the occassional repair when someone twists my arm hard enough, but it's rare and unpleasant.

    And... it's just not that big a deal to ship a pipe to one of the qualified and competent American pipe fixer dudes.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    And... it's just not that big a deal to ship a pipe to one of the qualified and competent American pipe fixer dudes

    I live in the US, but have shipped pipes to Canada and have had pipes shipped to me. On average I think it costs about $10 more. I could be wrong, but that's not a big deal.

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    Agreed shipping internationally isn't much more than shipping domestically, but there is the added component of customs.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    There's Charles Lemon in Ontario. He has a website called Dad's Pipes where he blogs about the pipes he repairs, step by step. It's quite good. Rebornpipes does the same. I'm not sure if Charles does this full-time or not.

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    Good question Bill.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    There’s a pipe shop in Oshawa “Victory Cigars/Victory Pipes” that take repairs. I believe they have a guy named Jack or something they contract it out too. I’ve had a replacement stem done and the work was fantastic and only like $25 CAD. I’ve had a few other friend get some restoration work that turned out well. Turn around tine was good too.

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    What pipe did you have the replacement stem done for? I have a couple of Peterson bowls that need a stem. I've been hoping to find original stems but that might be a needle in a haystack situation.

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    Pruss told me about Victory Cigars in Oshawa as well. Good to know we have a few options. I have a 1911 GBD Speciale, however, that I will be sending to Cook's Fine Pipe Works in the future. For some pipes, you just want to make sure they get the royal treatment.

    Posted 1 month ago #
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    Many Thanks, guys! Like I said, it just occurred to me while thinking about everything *else* our northern compadres have to suffer through. I figured it'd be pretty much like sas said:

    just isn't enough trade in pipes to make any kind of living at it

    Bill

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    Funny enough I had a stem cut for the pipe Pat/Pruss gave me before he left for NZ. It’s a comoy and looks and smokes great

    Posted 1 month ago #

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