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Ferndown pipe

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Jeebs, Jun 12, 2012.

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  1. Jeebs

    Jeebs Active Member

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    I'm looking at a Ferndown pipe that I really like and wanting to buy, but I have no knowledge of the Ferndown brand. Anyone own a Ferndown, and if so, how is it ?
     
  2. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    Heard great things but I myself don't own one. Les Wood really knows his stuff and is an exceptional silver smith having been the primary supplier for Dunhill and other high-end makers before starting his own company.
     
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  3. cobbsmoker

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    In my opinion, Dunhill, Ferndown and Upshall are all quality English pipes and Les Wood has a very good reputation in the pipe smoking community.
     
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  4. Jeebs

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    Ok, Thanks, I knew of Dunhill & Upshall, but Ferndown I was not familiar with.
     
  5. Spillproof

    Spillproof Mostly Harmless Moderator

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    Yep, what everyone else said. Ferndown's are among the best English pipes made.
     
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    I have talked to a couple of very experienced pipers who dont like Ferndown pipes, but I have two barks and I love them for flakes. I thnk they are classy, understated and elegantly well balanced pipes.
     
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  7. cakeanddottle

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    I have three and they're great pipes. I would say Upshall quality or at least within spitting distance.
     
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  8. IrishRover

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    I've heard good things about the Ferndown line. They are some beautiful pipes for sure.
     
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  9. Sasquatch

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    The only "downside" is that Les drills a smaller airway than some guys (notably Ashton, the most immediately comparable English brand, I guess). Ashtons are wide open and I understand (mostly from CakeandDottle) that fernies are a little tighter. But that's a personal preference thing, not a right/wrong thing. And it can be adjusted.
     
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  10. cakeanddottle

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    I'd say the Ferndown draw is comparable to Dunhill. I grew to like it as much as the wide open draws I had been used to.
     
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  11. Jeebs

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    Yeah, Bark is what I was looking at. nice looking pipes. also looking at a Rinaldo blast.... so many pipe makers with so many pipes.
     
  12. Yudan

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    Greetings! I have a Ferndown Bark xxx. I do think the thing you will notice is that Les Woods cures his briar differently. While I do not have the particulars, but for a lack of a better word, the briar seems to have a 'delicious' taste. I can't explain it further than that :) Good luck hope you get it and enjoy!
     
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