Due to a large backlog we will not be taking new orders until the end of August
I found an old "Tracy Mincer" billiard on Ebay that I felt was a pretty good deal. Once I received the pipe I found that pictures of this pipe didn't tell the whole story regarding its condition. The tooth chatter was far worse than it appeared. The mortise/tenon fit was so loose that bit would nearly fall out just under its own weight, and it was fairly grubby overall. I sent the pipe to Mike and what a great decision that was! Mike was in contact with me through the whole process, providing updates on progress. Turnaround was also much faster than I had expected for the work that was being preformed. This old "Tracy Mincer" went from a disappointing Ebay find to one of the finest smoking implements in my collection and it would be difficult to argue that this pipe ever looked or functioned better! Mike is TRULY a Master in the art of pipe restoration and refurbishment!
I have known Mike for over 1 year & have watched his work on his YouTube channel. Mike's attention to detail & fascination with "getting it right" is without measure; you can trust Mike to restore you pipe to BETTER than factory original shape. I will be sending Mike more of my pipes to work on over the course of time. Mike is a master craftsman & a trusted, reliable resource for pipe restorations - bar none.
So excited to see Mike expanding into pipe restoration for business!! I encourage you to watch his videos so you can see the amazing things he does to restore old pipes!Mike restored a Dr. Grabow for me not long ago. The pipe itself was mechanically sound, but aesthetically in bad shape. It has several really ugly pink fills. I sent the pipe to Mike as a project for his channel and I was not disappointed! He was able to render those fills nearly invisible and restain the pipe to bring out the true beauty in the grain. The pipe I got back barely resembles the sad thing I sent to him. It's now a well treasured piece in my collection and smokes like a champ!
Mike recently returned two finished pipes to me that I had sent to him for refurbishment. One pipe needed only a re-stain and buff, while the other pipe needed much more extensive work...which involved the sanding, staining, and waxing/polishing of the stummel; plus the fabrication and fitting of a brand new acrylic replacement stem. Both pipes turned out great...I'm very pleased with the results! Mike has a very caring approach to his work, and he willingly collaborated with me throughout the entire restoration process to make sure that we both understood and agreed on exactly what needed to be done to these pipes in order to achieve the very best results. I truly admire Mike's energy, skill, commitment to his craft,... and his dedication to making his customers happy with their pipes. You can trust Mike to do an excellent job for you.
The stems you made fore my Missouri Meerschaum corn cobs are great! They fit my pipes perfectly and 6mm filters fit so precisely into the stems that the natural swelling that happens soon after lighting up results in a tight seal that prevents smoke from bypassing the filter. I'll be ordering more.
Needed to replace the stem on a pipe. It was an unusual size, small diameter; and hard to clench. Mike was able to create a nice acrylic stem that fits comfortably in my mouth; and looks good too. Excellent craftsmanship and customer service.