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Following Sir Walt!

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by Old Ted, Mar 20, 2012.

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  1. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    The postman knocked this morning - with a reinforced card tube around 16" long, from John at Bewdley Pottery, carefully tipping out all the little pellets revealed my latest pipe!:banana:
    Well, three bowls of Best Brown Flake later - I'm 'over the moon'!, sitting in my back yard, having the best smoke for a long time - bar none!
    Now, I just need to be extra careful with this baby, while I'm emulating Sir Walter!:th1:
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  2. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    That's a nice looking old style tavern pipe! :th1:
     
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  3. Johnny Dingo

    Johnny Dingo Writer of wrongs

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    I like that. I'll have to check them out.
     
  4. dmkerr

    dmkerr PG- free since '83! Moderator

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    Nice! :th1:

    I smoke Dunhill 965 in mine every Christmas Eve as a tradition.
     
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  5. Hawkwood

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    Clays are brilliant. Pure tobacco flavour, no gurgle and style to spare.
     
  6. MakDragon

    MakDragon Illegitimi non carborundum

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    I just recently learned why they call them Tavern pipes! I am sure you all know, but for those that dont, they were pipes available in the taverns for the people to smoke when they didnt have a pipe. When they were finished, all they had to do was break off the part of the pipe that was used and it was ready for the next smoker.
     
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  8. shadow

    shadow Active Member

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    That's a nice clay, Ted! Enjoy!
    Is the red bit some kind of mouth piece and/or replaceable?:bing:
     
  9. cobbsmoker

    cobbsmoker Active Member

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    In the old days it would be wax, when a person was finished renting a pipe in the tavern, the owner or barkeep would snap the end off and dip in wax and make it ready for the next person who wanted to rent a pipe for a smoke.
     
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  10. Old Ted

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    It's some kind of coating they put on to stop soft skin (lips) sticking to the clay when damp.....at least that's what I assume!, I actually had my lip bleed a little once - when it stuck to new, bare clay.
    OT
     
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  11. yinyang

    yinyang Some rim charring is to be expected.

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    A plain plywood background? Really? I've come to expect more from your snaps, OT. :( Nice pipe, though! (Even if you are just over compensating somehow...) :)
     
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  12. shadow

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    Thanks for your replies, guys!
    I read somewhere that a drop of olive oil can prevent sticking as well. Still: The coating is a good idea!:bing:
     
  13. ol gto

    ol gto Member

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    Nice pipe, sit back relax and enjoy:th1:
     
  14. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    You don't want to ghost it with Condor? (Or Mixture No. 79?) heh
    Nice pipe Ted! Use it in good health.
     
  15. dwaugh

    dwaugh Moderator Moderator

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    What are those funny marking on the ruler (side closest to the pipe)? 1/2 inches? :)
     
  16. Old Ted

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    well, I like to take my pics outside using natural light (hate flash!) and that plywood does make things stand out a bit better than the pics we often see - of a blurred, out of focus pipe on someones old sofa and all washed out by too much direct-flash!....over compensating...indeed! that does it - I'm going to bed with my churchwarden to watch TV! :mad:
     
  17. Old Ted

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    A parchment background would have suited the pipe more!....next time I'll get my birth certificate out!:booty:
     
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  18. gunsmoke

    gunsmoke Member

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    Very Nice pipe Dave. I just smoked some best brown in a meer last night. Great smoke.
     
  19. Elwin

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    Great pipe, OT!


    Umm, not to be a stick in the mud, but those stories about breaking off the end of the clay stem for hygienic sake seem to be just that - a story.
    There's a great article written for Colonial Williamsburg called "Hunting for the Little Ladle" that pretty much dispels that idea starting in the second paragraph.
    And it's just a great little article if you're interested in clay pipes in general.

    http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter03-04/pipes.cfm
     
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  20. cobbsmoker

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    Thanks for the link, I stand corrected and informed now, great article! :th1:
     
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