Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:50 am

Ah. You know, I thought maybe I'd seen that pipe before. Several times. In every thread he could post it in, every chance he gets. Now he's starting threads to post about his Preben Holm Ben Wade Bent Brandy.

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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:09 am

Rusty wrote:
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Hmmm... favourite pipe. I have a bunch.

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These two. Blatter & Calich. I'm smoking the Blatter now. The bigger writeup is at the following.
Both are straight grains.

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Beautiful pipes and bound to be good smokers with that tight, straight vertical grain. I can see why they are favorites.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by hugodrax » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:18 am

Because, Rusty, as you very well know, birds eye or guinea grain pipes just don't smoke as well.

We should start a thread to highlight questionable Goosinian theories.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Rusty » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:04 am

hugodrax wrote:
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Because, Rusty, as you very well know, birds eye or guinea grain pipes just don't smoke as well.
Well, I wouldn't say that. I have a lot of very nice cross-grains. I wouldn't suggest avoiding them.
Among mine is a very pretty Calich Liverpool with very dense birds eye on both sides...

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The Calich Dublin was from 1979 and from my wife and it was my first Calich. I think it was a reward for being a good Calculus TA. She likes to say that. All the best things in life I owe to mathematics, even mathematics. 8)
I was only mildly disappointed that the other students didn't buy me pipes too. :lol:

The Blatter Dublin is from old vintage Algerian briar, which I've since learned is quite different than modern Algerian briar. The Blatters manage to find very old lots of briar periodically. So that's not standard production.

Here's another view of that pipe among some of his other straight grain brothers from Blatter...

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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:15 am

Rusty wrote:
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A plethora of beautiful bubble birds eye. Nice.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Rusty » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:38 am

Goose55 wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:15 am
Rusty wrote:
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A plethora of beautiful bubble birds eye. Nice.
Bubble? That's the outside of the briar burl which is usually present with plateau block. It's up to the pipe maker as to whether he preserves it as part of the shape. If he turns the block over 90 degrees then it's a cross grain and it's quite rare for the pipe maker to retain the rough outer surface of the burl in that case. Some lines of pipe brands had a lot of cross grain pipes, for example, cross grains occurred a lot within the Charatan Special line. That was one of their attractions.

Here's a Castello Old Antiquari Canadian shape that is a cross grain. And it should be evident from the pattern why the pipe maker decided to do that. So one should keep an open mind and not be too doctrinaire about these things.

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If you use google to look at pics of plateau briar block you'll see it as it is before before being cut into a shape.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Goose55 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:47 am

Rusty wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:38 am
Goose55 wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:15 am
Rusty wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:04 am
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A plethora of beautiful bubble birds eye. Nice.
Bubble? That's the outside of the briar burl which is usually present with plateau block.
There is just so much to still learn about pipes and tobaccos. Humbling.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:52 pm

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This has become without a doubt my favorite pipe, a Teipen Billiard


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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by rgcurrey » Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:24 pm

JohnnyMcPiperson wrote:
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This has become without a doubt my favorite pipe, a Teipen Billiard


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Beautiful pipe and great shape too.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Steve S » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:01 pm

I've got two favorites.

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This is my go-to pipe, and I made it myself. The draw is just right. I could have done a little better on one or two details, but I find the size and overall shape pleasing to both eye and hand.


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My other favorite is the pipe on top in this pic. It's a favorite more for sentimental reasons than anything else (though I do like churchwardens). Again, it's one I made myself, and I made both the pipes pictured as a set. They're cut from the same briar block. I kept the top one for myself and gave the bottom one to my oldest daughter (yes, she's old enough to smoke). We don't smoke a lot, but sometimes we just need to sit out on the porch with our pipes, have some father-daughter time, and talk things out.

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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by durangopipe » Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:28 pm

Soooooo hard to pick just one, but maybe mine is this Teipen bent billiard:

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For nostalgia, it would easily be the pipe I posted earlier in the thread, my first - given to me by my son decades ago, a Comoy’s bulldog.

If the choice somehow manages to avoid nostalgia and focuses simply on which pipe seems to be getting grabbed and smoked the most lately, it would be a tie between the Teipen and these two . . .

A Tinsky bent Dublin:

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And a Pitenpauw author:

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I’m gravitating toward smaller pipes, lately.

And dang it, having already posted way too many, I keep thinking of others I have left out, a Rad Davis Dublin, a Curt Rollar Horn, a Becker and Musico Liverpool . . .

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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:08 pm

I have several in rotation and like all of them...but I have 3 that get smoked the most and they are all 3 from makers here. A turner, a Teipen and a FredS. All three are smoked regularly and I have to make myself pick up and smoke the others...I enjoy them, but those 3 are my favs!
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by Jocose » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:46 pm

I have an amazing, excellent beyond good smoker.. one so great that I've never experienced anything that smoked this good before. I've posted here about it many times before.

I may or may not post up a pic of the Ser Jacopo laters.
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Re: Your Favorite Pipe, & Why

Post by tuttle » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:09 am

I don't know if I have a favorite as much as I have a 'go to' pipe, which would be a straight billiard Savinelli 'second'.

That said, the other day I was perusing through my pipes in order to give one to a cousin in law who is just taking up the pipe and I found myself unable to part with almost all of them. There's the POY's that have been graciously gifted to me via the amazing generosity of CPS, there's my FredS pipe gifted to me at a Christmas get together with FredS and Zed. My Lord of the Rings-esque "Strider" pipe I bought from LushMojo, the churchwarden given to me as payment for officiating a wedding, etc. Most of my pipes could lay claim to being my 'favorite' for some reason or another.
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