A pipe for every occasion?

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A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:01 am

I have a small pile O pipes and the other day as I was knocking the chunks off of them (Cleaning), I got to thinking about designations that I had for them. I recognize them by the maker or an event related to the purchase and so forth. But then I began to recognize that certain pipes had become regular smokers for certain occasions. So I put a list together.

FredS Lovat - Fishing pipe
JMG Bent Bulldog - Grouse hunting pipe
Stanwell 19 - Shotgun pipe (Sporting clays and trap and skeet)
Turner Lovat - Showing off (take it to pipe club and when I want to show off)
Teipen Lovat - More showing off
Comoy Big Billard - Rifle Range Pipe (I can put it down and then pick it up 10 min later, couple of puffs and its smoking again)
Peterson Big Bent Billiard - Goose Pit Pipe
and several that are "Walking Pipes"...they just lend themselves to smoking and walking due to size and weight.
There are more designations but this is an idea of how I decide what pipe to smoke and when.
Some of these are exclusive and just get smoked during these activities and some get other use to but are primary for the designated activity.

Do you have a set rotation or random or a combination when choosing a pipe to smoke?
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by JimVH » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:33 am

Medico Ebony Squat Bulldog - fishing - currently resides in my kayak vest
Beat to heck Comoy Sunrise Lovat - gun range - resides in my range bag
Beat to heck Savinelli Pot - yard work - resides on a shelf in the garage
Everything else - everything else

I have other pipes that I think would be perfect for one particular activity or another, but I don't seem to stick to it.
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Post by Bloodhound » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:17 pm

Me too. I have even purchased pipes with the intent of a specific use, but it doesn't always work out that way.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by JimVH » Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:20 pm

I also have a cob that I smoke on the occasional Halloween when I let my inner hillbilly shine.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Rusty » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:59 pm

I used to match the colour of pipes to shoes and accessories. Calich used to think I was a fanatic. But I thought it was quite reasonable and I used to get compliments. I would bring shoes, ties, etc to match the colour of potential pipe purchases. The pipe is another personal accessory. It should match. My son, who is a bit of a stylish clothes horse, thought it was cool. He noted when it all matched. That's really the practical origin of my burgundy pipes. I have a Peterson Ebony Baker Street (dress) with sterling band that is wonderful with the Tux and sterling accessories too. That draws compliments. Fun.

Of course all this is yesterday's style and a waste now, with all the smoking bans. You might as well bring anthrax to the social occasion. Now I leave the pipe at home.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:59 am

Jim...well that's is just sad.... :)

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I do that with my watches but had never considered that with pipes too. I mentioned my show off pipes. There are for sure times that I take out the nicer looking, better grained or custom made pipes, but I never checked to see if they match my outfit. That is a cool thought and concept. You should post pics of the burgundy pipe(s)
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by joegoat » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:46 am

I have an eagle claw meer from my wife that I only smoke in the safety of my deck. The same goes for my calabash unless I'm on a long drive and just want to see the looks a big ol' gourd in the gob gets.
The rest are in three groups:
1. There is the pile of cheap, old, unknown, estate pipes that I smoke when I'm working on something. Pipes tend to fall out of my mouth when I'm
working so I can't risk a nicer one.
2. There are the ones that smoke great, but may have a bit of stem oxidation or need a buff and wax. Those are driving and walking pipes.
3. Then there are the gems of the collection. These are clean and shiny. These are for being seen by the public.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Fainn » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:11 am

I have a black basket billiard that I call the pipe of mourning that I only smoke when someone has passed away.
I also have a celebration pipe that I smoke on happy occassions.
The rest are smoked whenever I feel like it.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by hugodrax » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:55 am

Interesting. More similarities arise.

FredS Lumber man -- the bird hunting pipe.

Pete Kapet-- fishing.

Barling Meerschaum--high winds.

Rusty has raised an interesting point. Am I committing a fox pass smoking brown pipes with black whole calf lace-ups? Can one smoke a brown pipe in Town?
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by A_Morley » Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:39 pm

My pipes are either good for any occasion or those few that I barely smoke at all. I can't think of any that I have designated for a particular time or occasion. As I think of it, I never take my meerschaum outside the house. I also only smoke my corncobs at home. I don't like being seen smoking them. There, I said it.
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Bloodhound » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:51 am

A_Morley wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:39 pm
I also only smoke my corncobs at home. I don't like being seen smoking them. There, I said it.
OK that made me laugh
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Re: A pipe for every occasion?

Post by Del » Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:10 am

I have a large bowl meerschaum that pairs very well with long road trips.

And I have a couple of condorized Grabow Omegas for celebrating Lake District blends. (One of them is packed with Ennerdale and ready to light as I sally forth today. But first I must finish this cigar.)

Otherwise, the occasion and the mood select the pipe.

However, straight pipes are favored for outdoor events. They fit better in the screwdriver slots on the cargo pockets of my Utilikilt.
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