Curious... Anyone here stop smoking briar pipes?

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User3940

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I have two Meers and to ve honest, they almost never get smoked. Too much trouble and I am too worried about breaking them.

That said, if you do decide to thin your briar herd there Bob, it would just be a crying shame to sell those old briars to uncaring strangers. You should donate them to a fellow PSFer. Maybe one who is perpetually broke but who would lovingly care for them and appreciate them as they deserve :ohyh:
I am sure it would be rough and take a lot of work and upkeep but I will throw myself on that grenade and help you out....
Just trying to be helpful :th1:
I think it would be a better idea for Bob to donate the unwanted briars to PSF members who have a message count somewhere between 3500 and 4000 (subject to change of course). :ohyh:
 

CoreyR

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I think it would be a better idea for Bob to donate the unwanted briars to PSF members who have a message count somewhere between 3500 and 4000 (subject to change of course). :ohyh:
No no, Coastie. Obviously, those of us with lower message counts are working harder, with less time because we are more desperate. Also, I think it should be an Army veteran. You coasties had it MUCH too soft while you were in. Time for us grunts to get some nice things :ngty:
...and don't tell me you didn't my daughter is a Coastie. I KNOW how uber soft she has it!:startl:
 

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No no, Coastie. Obviously, those of us with lower message counts are working harder, with less time because we are more desperate. Also, I think it should be an Army veteran. You coasties had it MUCH too soft while you were in. Time for us grunts to get some nice things :ngty:

:xd::laff::haha::booty:


...and don't tell me you didn't my daughter is a Coastie. I KNOW how uber soft she has it!:startl:

The key word is "is". Big difference between Old Guard and New Guard. :moon:
 

CoreyR

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No no, Coastie. Obviously, those of us with lower message counts are working harder, with less time because we are more desperate. Also, I think it should be an Army veteran. You coasties had it MUCH too soft while you were in. Time for us grunts to get some nice things :ngty:

:xd::laff::haha::booty:


...and don't tell me you didn't my daughter is a Coastie. I KNOW how uber soft she has it!:startl:

The key word is "is". Big difference between Old Guard and New Guard. :moon:
No no, I thought you might take that tac. Not valid, when I was stationed, in Alaska, wo for many years, I used to end up at various Coasty Guard stations, including your beloved Kodiak. Y'all lived high on the hog man! Your mess hall, or "galley," or whatever, was AWESOME. Especially to a starving, freezing paratrooper who just wandered in from being chased by grizzelies. Don't even get me started on your billets. :bangin:
Fine liven, in the middle o'nowhere.
 

User3940

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No no, I thought you might take that tac. Not valid, when I was stationed, in Alaska, wo for many years, I used to end up at various Coasty Guard stations, including your beloved Kodiak. Y'all lived high on the hog man! Your mess hall, or "galley," or whatever, was AWESOME. Especially to a starving, freezing paratrooper who just wandered in from being chased by grizzelies. Don't even get me started on your billets. :bangin:
Fine liven, in the middle o'nowhere.

Yep, I was in Kodiak but did not get a chance to experience the galley or the billeting. I spent all my time on ships bouncing around in the middle of the Bering Sea. Small ships...small old ships...not wood but close enough. That's Old Guard. These New Guard people got these big ass ships with stability features and staterooms. Spoiled kids. :shead:
 

CoreyR

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Yep, I was in Kodiak but did not get a chance to experience the galley or the billeting. I spent all my time on ships bouncing around in the middle of the Bering Sea. Small ships...small old ships...not wood but close enough. That's Old Guard. These New Guard people got these big ass ships with stability features and staterooms. Spoiled kids. :shead:
Small old ships with HEAT! .....ummm, I think we have wandered WAY off topic here. Weren't we trying to convince Pipe Puffer that he should "donate" his briar to us? :oops:
 

CoreyR

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See Pipe Puffer, Coastie are broken down, half frozen old Arctic veterans, from The Cold War. You should split your briar collection between us and then you are free to conectrate on those WONDERFUL Meers! :bow:

We are still just trying to be helpful.
 

Mister Moo

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I slid into three meers, two (large-ish) classic shapes and one near life size carved cabbage. Each has a case and each travels well. They are each stellar smokers. I select them for any new-to-me tobacco or for when I want brightness and clarity; that's not always. I also select one for road trips for the durability, case and ability to smoke one pipe over a period of days with a sensible variety of tobaccos.

Give up cobs and briars? Not there yet.
 

User3940

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I got involved with CGC Sedge up in Homer a few years back. The only reliable heat it had was regular engine room fires. Talk about smoking? That's on topic.

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See. That't exactly what I'm talking about. Thanks for the validation Mister Moo. I was actually on the Sedge's sister ship, the Firebush, and the Citrus. Same class of ship, same poor condition, but a tank when in the open ocean during a winter storm. Who the hell needs warmth?
 

Deckard

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While I don't have anything against meers I don't think I'll ever get one. It just seems like too much of a crapshoot. The main problem I see is that these Turkish carvers don't seem to be real pipe makers and so the mechanics of many of them look terrible, narrow draws and weird stem/shank connectors. I would want one to be constructed like a well drilled briar just out of meerschaum instead. Add to that that one of the big carvers everyone used to recommend to get a good one has had a string of complaints from forum members here and...

I don't know. Its a rare enough thing when I've put enough money away to be able to justify a pipe purchase that I really want to know what I'm getting. Maybe when I can risk a bigger gamble I'll give them a shot.
 
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hoss

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I enjoy meers, cobs, stone, antler, but briar is still closest to my heart.
Have not smoked from stone yet. Have been eyeballing those rockcobs, tho...i've had the premonition one or two of those are in my near future. Yes, i do possess occasional bouts of psychic transmission. Trips me out, too.
 

esteban

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gave up on any meer with the plastic threaded stem to shank connection... In fact they are really leaving my herd in favor of the briar.....
 

Bullwinkle

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bought my first Meer this past Nov in Turkey upstairs at the Meerschaum King, bought my second as an estate at a local shop. this will be my next pipe.
 
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