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Henk

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Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:19:16 AM »
As you smoke a briar pipe, a cake begins to form inside the bowl. You want this. First of all, it protects the pipe. Briar is one of the most (if not the most) fire-resistant woods, but it can still burn. The cake protects that from happening. Cakes can also add to the flavour  of each bowl of tobacco, making them smoother. When you first buy a pipe, there is generally no cake and in these circumstances, the pipe tends to burn hotter, resulting in a burning sensation on your tongue, so they need to be smoked several times first. (There are a few tricks, like coating the inside of the bowl with honey before the first smoke, which will carmalize and get the cake going.) However, you don't want a cake that is too thick or it might crack the pipe. That's what those pipe tools/reamers are for. It takes a lot of smokes before this happens though, and considerably longer if you have several (or more) pipes.

This is only true with briar. Meerschaum does not need any break-in, and, in fact, you want to make sure that a cake doesn't develop. Clay also needs no break in. Clay pipes give you the most neutral flavour (tobacco blenders use them to test new blends) but tend to smoke so hot that you can't touch them while smoking. They also break easily and aren't expected to last a lifetime. (Though the double-glazed ones circumvent these issues with a degree of success.)

My favourites? Well I really like the Jacono I bought (above), but as that was a bit over US$200 for their lowest grade pipe, I'm not going to steer you towards them. I prefer the so-called Italian renissance pipes such as Caminetto and Ascorti. (Do a Google image search on either name plus the word pipe).

To a large extent, the price difference in pipes is a matter of the craftsmanship and the quality of the briar and not a reflection on the smokabiliy of the pipe. By quality of the briar I mean the pattern of the grain. A perfect straight grain, and especially one by a name pipemaker, will be costly because such pipes are rare and aesthetically pleasing. I held one in my hand the other day, a Dunhill, that had a four-digit price tag. It was beautiful, but it would smoke as well as most any other pipe. The pattern of grain doesn't matter one bit in terms of how well it smokes; what does matter, however, is that the entire wooden part of the pipe has some grain. Any blank spots will, soner or later, burn right through. You needn't worry about this with a Savenlli. The other difference between a cheap pipe and a high- or mid-grade is that cheaper pipes might have pits (tiny holes, probably where the briar root hit a rock) or putty fills (some pipemakers leave the pits exposed, others fill with putty); neither is very appealing and either could also result in burn-out.

Any other questions, just ask. You also might find a bit of help in youtube: lots of people have posted how-to videos for newbies there, and I sincerely wish I had had this resource when I started. Pipes don't come with instruction manuals.

What kind of tobacco have you tried? (And perhaps we should start a new thread?)

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 06:24:59 AM »
What kind of tobacco have you tried?

I tried some MacBaren and Larsen. I really like the Larsen. Some sweet flavors (they are called "Sweet aromatic" and "Mellow & Tasty).

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 07:37:48 AM »
I tried some MacBaren and Larsen. I really like the Larsen. Some sweet flavors (they are called "Sweet aromatic" and "Mellow & Tasty).

I see.  What form of cancer are you going for?  Pharynx, salivary gland, larynx, or maybe just the classic lung cancer?

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 10:41:41 AM »
Ok, I might better stop. :D 8)

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 05:52:02 PM »
Edifying Thoughts of a Tobacco Smoker

                                         Whene'er I take my pipe and stuff it
                                         And smoke to pass the time away
                                         My thoughts, as I sit there and puff it,
                                         Dwell on a picture sad and grey:
                                         It teaches me that very like
                                         Am I myself unto my pipe.

                                         Like me this pipe, so fragrant burning,
                                         Is made of naught but earthen clay;
                                         To earth I too shall be returning,
                                         And cannot halt my slow decay.
                                         My well used pipe, now cracked and
                                         broken,
                                         Of mortal life is but a token.

                                         No stain, the pipe's hue yet doth darken;
                                         It remains white. Thus do I know
                                         That when to death's call I must harken
                                         My body, too, all pale will grow.
                                         To black beneath the sod 'twill turn,
                                         Likewise the pipe, if oft it burn.

                                         Or when the pipe is fairly glowing,
                                         Behold then instantaneously,
                                         The smoke off into thin air going,
                                         'Til naught but ash is left to see.
                                         Man's fame likewise away will burn
                                         And unto dust his body turn.

                                         How oft it happens when one's smoking,
                                         The tamper's missing from it's shelf,
                                         And one goes with one's finger poking
                                         Into the bowl and burns oneself.
                                         If in the pipe such pain doth dwell
                                         How hot must be the pains of Hell!

                                         Thus o'er my pipe in contemplation
                                         Of such things - I can constantly
                                         Indulge in fruitful meditation,
                                         And so, puffing contentedly,
                                         On land, at sea, at home, abroad,
                                         I smoke my pipe and worship God.

                                       
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  Johann Sebastian Bach - 1725 (1685-1750)
                                         From: The Second Little Clavier Book For Anna
                                         Magdalena Bach

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 06:13:09 PM »
I see.  What form of cancer are you going for?  Pharynx, salivary gland, larynx, or maybe just the classic lung cancer?

And even if it rots your teeth completely away before it kills you, you can still continue on your quest!

Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. ~ Satchel Paige

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011, 06:49:48 PM »
Why smoke?  ???

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 08:36:34 PM »
Because it makes you appear thin, attractive and thoughtful, obviously.

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 05:17:33 AM »
Because it makes you appear thin, attractive and thoughtful, obviously.

Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.  ~ Henry David Thoreau

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. ~ Satchel Paige

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011, 06:52:08 AM »
Here's the Perl version of that poem, John:

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#!/usr/bin/perl

#Whene'er I take my pipe and stuff it
#and smoke to pass the time away
#my thoughts as I sit here and puff it,
#Dwell on a picture sad and grey
#It teaches me that very like
#Am I myself unto my pipe

if ($I{hold} = my $pipe){true}
&smoke; sub smoke {sleep 5;}
my $thoughts; while($I{puff} = my $pipe)
{@Thoughts = "A picture","Sad","Grey";}
$I = "learn that as"; $one=$one;
$I = my $pipe;

#Like me, this pipe so fragrant burning
#Is made of naught but earth and clay;
#To earth I too shall be returning.
#It falls and, ere I'd think to say,
#it breaks in two before my eyes;
#In store for me a like fate lies.

$pipe{smell} = "fragrant burning";
$pipe = 0+$earth.$clay;
$me = 0+$earth.$clay;
$soon; $earth = $me;
$pipe{acceleration} = (9.8)."m/s**";
$pipe = split //; my $eyes;
if ((@date=localtime(time))and($date[5]>200)){$me = $m.$e;}

#No stain the pipe's hue yet doth darken;
#It remains white. Thus do I know
#That when to death's call I must harken
#My body, too, all pale will grow.
#To black beneath the sod 'twill turn,
#Likewise the pipe, if oft it burn.
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$stain=-0x111111;
$pipe{color}=0xFFFFFF;
if(($I eq "Dead")&&($I eq "Buried in sod"))
 {for(0..9){$body{color}-=$stain;}
 while($body{color}>0x000000){$body{color}+=$stain;}}
if (1){for (0..$pipe{times_smoked}/10) {$pipe{color}-=$stain;}}

#Or when the pipe is fairly glowing,
#Behold them instantaniously,
#The smoke off into thin air going,
#Till naught but ash is left to see.
#Man's frame likewise away will burn
#And unto dust his body turn.

while(($pipe{color} eq "orange")&&($pipe{luminosity} >= 1))
 {$observe; sleep 0;
  $thin_air = "The smoke";
  $thin_air = (0)."ash"; 
  $body{man}=$thin_air=(0)."ash";
  $body{man} != "ash";
  $body{man} = "dust";
 }

#How oft it hapens when one is smoking:
#The stopper's missing from the shelf,
#And one goes with one's finger poking
#Into the bowl and burns oneself.
#If in the pipe such pain doth dwell,
#How hot must be the pains of Hell.

if (($date[0]>0)&&($date[0]<50)&&($smoke))
 {$stopper{location} = "!shelf";
push @bowl, $ones{finger};
print "Ouch!\n"}
if($pain{pipe}=2)
{for(1..256){$pain{Hell}=$pain{pipe}*=$pain{Hell};}}

#Thus o'er my pipe, in contemplation
#of such things, I can constantly
#indulge in fruitful meditation,
#And so, puffing contentedly,
#On land, on sea, at home, abroad,
#I smoke my pipe and worship God.

while($I){($smoke) and ($think);}
@thoughts = "Death","Hell","Pipes"; if (1)
{$meditation{fruitful}="indulge";}
$I{puff}="content";
if(((my $locale = "On land") || ($locale = "At sea"))
  ||((my $locale = "At home") || ($locale = "Abroad")))
 {$I; &smoke; (my $pipe) and ($worship = 1*1*1);}

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2011, 08:35:46 AM »
For those of you who like to roll your own, like I do, Old Holborn is one of the tastiest, most aromatic tobaccos that you can buy. I mix it with Drum. It's pipe tobacco for roll-your-own smokers. And all you anti-smoker Puritans out there can all go jump in a lake. 

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2011, 04:11:12 AM »
Why smoke?  ???

Because it´s the most relaxing thing to do. The pleasure can be very great, it works on your mind, sometimes the pipe fails however.

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2011, 07:49:06 AM »
Somebody familiar with Chacom pipes?

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Re: Smoking pipe: knowledge, favourite pipes, tobacco
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2022, 09:21:09 PM »
I got out of it a few years ago and sold some beautiful handmade pipes. I’ll never have such nice pipes again now that I’m supporting a family and I really regret it. I’m getting back into the hobby and starting out with a cheap Tsuge and a nice 60s Kriswill I bought at an online auction. Those and a cob. I love Virginia flake tobacco. Anyone else here into the hobby? I never liked Danish pipes before but recently I’ve been starting to appreciate the amazing artistry of Lars Ivarsson and other pipe geniuses from bygone eras.