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Old 10-05-2012, 08:30 PM   #401
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QFT. I will say my Boswell smoked much better than any other "first smoke" with my other pipes. No gurgle, never got hot, smooth. Is that placebo? Maybe. But I liked it.
Man, they like some ridicuously large pipes, you'd need some seriout tooth power to handle that. I might have to put a shotshell pipe on my future wants list though. No gurgle is a good thing for sure, my Barling gurgles if the tobacco is a little damp, it annoys the crap out of me, but its a 40 year old pipe and I love the nostalgia of it.
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Yeah, I doubt I could tell the difference between some really old high quality briar like pre-transition Barlings are famous for or what most pipes are made out of today. However, I can tell the difference between one that smokes good and one that doesn't...I just figure that if it smokes good it is well made.
Most of what I bought were "basket" rejects (aside from the Grabow). meaning for whatever reason, usually cosmetic, they were offered at a signifigant discount.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:48 PM   #403
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Man, they like some ridicuously large pipes, you'd need some seriout tooth power to handle that. I might have to put a shotshell pipe on my future wants list though. No gurgle is a good thing for sure, my Barling gurgles if the tobacco is a little damp, it annoys the crap out of me, but its a 40 year old pipe and I love the nostalgia of it.
Yeah this one is much bigger than I expected. It smoked for over 1.5 hours where all my others were 45 min tops. Would be tough to hold in my teeth for longer than a few minutes but I tend to hold my pipe in my hand the whole time so I didn't have any issues last night.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:01 PM   #404
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #405
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Yeah, that is a serious bit of wood to accomodate that shell cap...now I'm thinking a chopped .308 case all polished up might be the ticket for a less substantial pipe that still sports my love for shooting.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:32 AM   #406
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I'm like pipe smoke wafting through the air pushed and pulled by the currents of time.

Just packed a bowl of Va #1 in my Savenelli, smoked about 1/3 of the bowl then started polking around one of the old pipe cabinets in my garage and found some balsa filters I had forgotten about. That usually forgotten old cabinet is akin to a pipe smoker's treasure trove. I never know exactly what small prize I'll find next.

The filters were in a little plastic bag with directions on card stock written in Italian, English, French (I think) and German. They said "The natural balsa insert will absorb any excess moisture along with smoke impurities without restricting the drawing characteristics of a pipe or affecting the flavrr of the the tobacco. Replace insert after 3-4 smokes"

There must be 30-40 of these triangular balsa sticks in the bag. I never used them before... they seemed to wussy. (forgive me, I was a lot younger then). Anyway, I pulled the stem out of the shank and stuck one in. Fired my briar back up and have to admit. Amazing difference!

I wasn't upset at the smoke before but this little bit of wonder balsa cooled the smoke, made the good flavors come through better and I swear the smoke in the air seemed creamier as did the smoke I pulled through.

Man, I'm buzzing a bit from this. I smoked two good sized bowls.

PS.. if this is the first post you read on this forum..It's pipe tobacco..

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PS.. if this is the first post you read on this forum..It's pipe tobacco..
Glad you cleared that one up. Wouldn't want Jan getting the wrong idea.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:49 PM   #408
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Just smoked the first bowl in my Bjarne churchwarden I got from pipesandcigars. Ordered the pipe, a tool and scottys tobacco sampler and all arrived as they should've. I was worried when I grabbed the pipe and felt how light it is but it stayed cooler than my smoke shop briar pipe. Also smoked cooler which I expected from the longer stem. Not a bad looking piece either.



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Old 10-07-2012, 12:00 AM   #409
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I used to go northern pike fishing early in the mornings and take the pipe and some cherry/vanilla tobacco along. Those were fun mornings. All alone in nature; great aroma/flavor; and pretty darn good fishing.
Damn... I use to go Fishing almost every day when I was growing up. Grew up in Massachusetts near a Pond. Some of the Biggest Northern Pike Ever! Me and my brother used to steal granpa's pipe sometimes. I think he knew but he never said anything. Time for a Beer!!
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Just smoked the first bowl in my Bjarne churchwarden I got from pipesandcigars. Ordered the pipe, a tool and scottys tobacco sampler and all arrived as they should've. I was worried when I grabbed the pipe and felt how light it is but it stayed cooler than my smoke shop briar pipe. Also smoked cooler which I expected from the longer stem. Not a bad looking piece either.



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Quite a beautiful pipe Tex! I'm sure you will find in it many years of tranquil comfort.
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