My humble beginnings

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My humble beginnings

Post by arank87 » Wed May 09, 2018 4:51 pm

I have only been smoking a pipe for about a year and here is what I have to show for it so far. Many more to come!

1950-1972 Kaywoodie 14 Bent Billiard
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Pre-2010 Stanwell 217 (A Jess Chonowitsch shape)
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1972 Dunhill Red Bark ODA Dublin
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by durangopipe » Wed May 09, 2018 5:13 pm

Beautiful pipes, arank!
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Thunktank » Wed May 09, 2018 5:32 pm

Nice pipes! Especially the Kaywoodie. How do they smoke for you?
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Hovannes » Wed May 09, 2018 6:10 pm

Good looking briars there!

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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Qubit » Wed May 09, 2018 6:20 pm

Nice. I've been trying to find a Kaywoodie. I'm honestly happiest with decent quality 30-50 dollar pipes, because I don't always treat them well. Some cobs and a meerschaum too.

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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by JMG » Wed May 09, 2018 6:58 pm

Not sure a Dunhill qualifies as "humble"...but nice looking pipes either way.
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by arank87 » Wed May 09, 2018 7:28 pm

Fair point. It was a bargain priced Dunhill with a replacement stem but it was still not cheap as far as I’m concerned. The Kaywoodie is ok but it smokes wet. I got it for ten bucks and cleaned it up. It wouldn’t be right of me to judge any pipe yet though because I bet most of the problems are due to user error.
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Del » Wed May 09, 2018 7:49 pm

arank87 wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 7:28 pm
Fair point. It was a bargain priced Dunhill with a replacement stem but it was still not cheap as far as I’m concerned. The Kaywoodie is ok but it smokes wet. I got it for ten bucks and cleaned it up. It wouldn’t be right of me to judge any pipe yet though because I bet most of the problems are due to user error.
What are you smoking in it?

My solution to an "wet pipe" is to avoid smoking aromatic tobaccos in it.

Blenders dilute their flavor oils in propylene glycol (PG) and stir that into the tobacco. This disperses the flavor throughout the blend. The PG also keeps the tobacco moist. It feels "fresh" in the jar, perhaps even sticky.

But when we smoke the tobacco, the PG concentrates in bottom of the bowl -- and it collects water vapor too, because PG is thirsty stuff. The result can be a goopy, wet mess.

Some pipes tolerate this better than others. Mostly depends on the shape. Bent pipes (like your Kaywoodie) are more prone to gurgle.

If I smoke a straight virginia, va/per, or english blend in the same pipe.... no PG. Problem avoided.
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by JimVH » Wed May 09, 2018 8:02 pm

arank87 wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 4:51 pm
1972 Dunhill Red Bark ODA Dublin
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Respect.
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by FredS » Wed May 09, 2018 9:03 pm

Don't listen to Del. He blames all the ills of the world on propylene glycol and thin mints. Bent pipes sometimes gurgle because the smoker himself keeps the pipe hung in his mouth and drools in to it. They also can have less than optimum drilling of the draft holes which may cause the problem. If it bothers you, stick a pipe cleaner through it half way through your smoke. Once you get a few more pipes, you can shuffle it out of your rotation.

Also, putting that rubber binky on the stem probably makes the drooling situation worse.
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Jocose » Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am

durangopipe wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Beautiful pipes, arank!
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by DepartedLight » Thu May 10, 2018 7:55 am

Jocose wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Beautiful pipes, arank!
:thumbsup:
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Bloodhound » Thu May 10, 2018 8:21 am

DepartedLight wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:55 am
Jocose wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Beautiful pipes, arank!
:thumbsup:
A great start on a pile o pipes. Congrats!
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by parson » Mon May 21, 2018 7:35 pm

DepartedLight wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 7:55 am
Jocose wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 2:46 am
durangopipe wrote:
Wed May 09, 2018 5:13 pm
Beautiful pipes, arank!
:thumbsup:
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Re: My humble beginnings

Post by Goose55 » Mon May 21, 2018 8:24 pm

Oooo. He has a Dunhill.
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