The billiard thread

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The billiard thread

Post by Cleon » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:59 pm

Post pics of your billiards and their variants. Tell us what you like or don't like about them, how you got them, what you smoke in them...etc. Bents are welcome too, although there is an existing thread for those HERE.

All my straights:
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1.) Edward's Algerian briar. Group 4ish in size. It's almost a pot. The stem is a cumberland replacement stem. Dedicated to Hardwicke's Imperial Balkan. This is my favorite pipe.
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2.) 1967 Dunhill Bruyere 251 F/T in Group 3. This is my Ennerdale Flake pipe.
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3.) Kaywoodie Carburetor 8804 patent 2082106 Lovat. Group 3ish. Given to me by my neighbor. I think I can date it to the 30s. Prince Albert does well in this.
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4.) Aldo Velani Rusticated. Group 4ish in size. This goes out and about for walks and such. Handles latakia mixtures well. It started out tasting very green though.
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5.) 1939 Dunhill Root Briar 36 F/T Liverpoolish. Group 3ish in size. Has the original innertube. Handles Virginia leaf stuff.
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6.) 1965 Dunhill EK Shell Briar panel billiard in Group 4. Dedicated to English mixtures like Westminster.
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7.) No name billiard with 14k gold band. Group 4ish. Codger burley stuff goes in this. The draft hole is drilled way low in the bowl. Not my best performer but I keep it for looks.
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Can you tell I like cross cuts?

8.) JMG’s Flannery O’Connell
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9.) Ashton Brindle X.
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Post by Cleon » Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:11 pm

My bents:
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From the top:

1.) Savinelli Capri Root Briar 602 KS. Probably a Group 5. It's a 3 digit Sav so it comes with the 9mm adapter that I don't use. The biggest pipe I have. It's a great car pipe. Dedicated to latakia mixtures.
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2.) Savinelli Punto Oro 6002. Large Group 3ish to small Group 4ish. It's a 4 digit so there is no 9mm filter involved. Everything but American aromatics go in this.
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3.) Dr. Grabow. Group 4ish. It's my first pipe. It's seen everything and been abused. I smoke whatever in it. Great pipe.
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None of these pass a pipe cleaner into the bowl.
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Post by SlowToke » Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:42 pm

Here's a billiard lovat that I recently made. I figured I'd post it here in the interest of contributing to Del's proposed pledge since it's not for sale. It's enroute to it's owner now (and hopefully will arrive soon.) I have several in my personal collection but don't have pictures of them to post just yet.

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Post by Cleon » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:15 pm

Very nice lovat, Slowtoke. Very nice.
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Post by donkeymule » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:42 pm

SlowToke wrote:Here's a billiard lovat that I recently made. I figured I'd post it here in the interest of contributing to Del's proposed pledge since it's not for sale. It's enroute to it's owner now (and hopefully will arrive soon.) I have several in my personal collection but don't have pictures of them to post just yet.

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Post by 7formy1911 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:55 pm

donkeymule wrote:
SlowToke wrote:Here's a billiard lovat that I recently made. I figured I'd post it here in the interest of contributing to Del's proposed pledge since it's not for sale. It's enroute to it's owner now (and hopefully will arrive soon.) I have several in my personal collection but don't have pictures of them to post just yet.

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Very nice!
That's one of the nicest lovats I've ever seen! Wonderful work Wayne.
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Post by Bloodhound » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:10 pm

I only have 2 so far...but they in my top 5 favorites

This is The newest one...a Nording
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This is a Comoy....I bought it because of the lucite bit...its cool
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Post by Jocose » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:30 pm

I hate the shape, sorry, Morley
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Post by Cleon » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:55 pm

Grabow 36Y medium billiard and Grabow 84L Canadian
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These are Steverino's pipes. They're great examples of well made American value pipes from the billiard family. I thought I'd post them here.
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Post by gravel » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:58 am

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From top left.
First column
1. Caminetto 8.L07 ('92/'93)
2. GBD Square Shanked Billiard 9489. (From what I've read I think this one is from the 1980s.)
3. Big Ben Grand Seigneur Square Panel Billiard 407s with inner tube. (1960s)
4. Lord Renfrew 30. Based on hearsay, this could be a Comoy's second.
Next column
5. Chris Askwith Featherweight Billiard
6. J.M. Boswell Billiard
7. Dunhill Group 4 Shell Briar Billiard ('74/'75)
8. American Smoking Pipe Company - Mark Tinsky Natural Billiard
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9. Stanwell Colonial Bent Billiard 139
10. Savinelli Oscar Dry Bent Billiard System Pipe 606
11. Savinelli Bent Billiard

Cross Posted from the pics of my pipe collection thread.

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Re: The billiard thread

Post by A_Morley » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:11 am

How is it that I never knew of this thread? I am even now the owner of one of the pipes pictured earlier in this thread.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by hugodrax » Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:22 am

This is an awesome thread! Why isn't this a sticky??
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by Joshoowah » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:48 am

hugodrax wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:22 am
This is an awesome thread! Why isn't this a sticky??
Probably because it's about one the most generic shapes :wink:.

All kidding aside, we should have threads for many more shapes.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by hugodrax » Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:29 am

Generic? Generic? Most of your oddball shapes are made because the maker lacks the chops to properly execute a billiard.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by JudgeRusty » Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:55 am

hugodrax wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:29 am
Generic? Generic? Most of your oddball shapes are made because the maker lacks the chops to properly execute a billiard.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by Joshoowah » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:15 pm

hugodrax wrote:
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Generic? Generic? Most of your oddball shapes are made because the maker lacks the chops to properly execute a billiard.
I like billiards just fine, but I do find them mostly boring. I'd rather see a lovat, which is, of course, a "type" of billiard. I think I have 2 billiards in my collection, and I doubt I'll ever buy another. I guess I just prefer bulldog and author types.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by hugodrax » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:18 pm

Joshoowah wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:15 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:29 am
Generic? Generic? Most of your oddball shapes are made because the maker lacks the chops to properly execute a billiard.
I like billiards just fine, but I do find them mostly boring. I'd rather see a lovat, which is, of course, a "type" of billiard. I think I have 2 billiards in my collection, and I doubt I'll ever buy another. I guess I just prefer bulldog and author types.
I'm worried about you. Calling billiards boring but preferring bourgeois bulldogs. And an author is just a prince that needs to lay off starchy foods and do some Swedish exercises. :D
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by Cleon » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:24 pm

Wow. I thought I'd lost the Kaywoodie posted earlier. I found it in a bag this week. I must have packed it for a trip and forgotten it.
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Re: The billiard thread

Post by Cleon » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:43 pm

For the most part I do not care for decorative stem inserts on a billiard. They seem to break up the lines too much. I do like the occasional silver or gold band. Now having said that, I think I would like to have a group 3 burgundy stained billiard with 1 knuckle of bamboo and a black vulcanite stem.
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