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Looking for a churchwarden

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  1. Greatwall

    Greatwall Member

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    I am still new to the pipe world and I need a bit of assistance. I want to get a new pipe and I have decided to get a churchwarden and I need a suggestion. I don't have easy access to a quality B&M pipe shop so I can't go out and put my hands on a selection of quality pipes. If you know of a place near southeastern Washington that has a good selection of pipes let me know. If you or someone you know makes churchwardens I would be very interested in commissioning a new pipe. Or if you have any other ideas please let me know them also. I have decided to put some time and effort into finding the right pipe and not just settle for something. Let me know your thoughts.
     


  2. Skiballa

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    What kind of price range are you looking at?
     
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  3. Professor

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    ...and what kind of material? Meer, Briar or cob?
     
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  4. Tony Malerich

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    On the briar end, I have both a Stanwell and Peterson CW and they're both fine smokes. Doug (DGErwin) occasionally has modified cobwardens on his Etsy shop and he always does fine work. I also love my IMP meerschaum CW. These run from about $30ish for the cob, $50-$120 for the briars (depending on the line and wether new or estate) and over $120 for a quality new meer. You're probably more likely to find a Pete or Stanwell (especially the Hans Christian Anderson line) at the B&M.
     
  5. Spillproof

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    Churchwardens are great, on occasion.
    If you are lucky enough to be able to sit in your comfy leather chair and puff indoors, they are a solid investment. In the "arc" of initial pipe buying, lots of folks get themselves a churchwarden but find they eventually use them as a pipe-rack decoration. They are strangely balanced and easily knocked around.

    But on topic:
    I had a Hans Christian Anderson (Stanwell) churchwarden that smoked very well.

    Invicta Briars also offers some reasonably priced wardens.
     
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  6. Greatwall

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    I just had a great Idea! I wonder if I could find a pipe maker to make me a stem for My Peterson rocky donegal XL02 to convert from a short bent to a full churchwarden. I love this pipe and love smoking it. If I can gust get a different stem then I can chose which I want to use. If you are a Pipe maker and want to take up this task let me know!
     
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  7. ravnhaus

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    +1 on the Stanwell Hans Christian Anderson. I love mine, however I prefer the shorter (normal) stem that comes with it. I never use the long one. They look cool, but...
     
  8. CMAsailor

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    I've got a Stanwell HCA I can part with, smokes great but I've got a bun in the oven and bills to pay. I'll let you have first right of refusal if you'd like.
     
  9. Greatwall

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    Send me a pic and a price via PM or dave@brothersofthebriar.net.

    Edit: Been looking at the Stanwell Hans Christian Andersens and I am very interested. Do you have both the short and long stems for it?
     
  10. CMAsailor

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    yup, both stems I'll take pics when I get home and post it in the for sale area of the forum with your name on it.
     
  11. CMAsailor

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    EDIT: when I get home in an hour or so
     
  12. Alan Dye

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    Butz Choquin Balzac is a good model and often on sale.

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    They also make a calabash:
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  13. Stinger4me

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    Dalemont, I was in the same boat you are in. It was 30+ years ago and I purchased a Savinelli churchwarden. I doubt if the pipe has been smoked 25 times. At one point I had a second stem made for it, the bowl is a prince style. So down in the collection is a churchwarden with an extra stem. Rarely smoked but it is down there.

    Stinger
     
  14. Greatwall

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    Are you wanting to part with it? If so could you send me some info or a link if you have already posted it?
     
  15. Stinger4me

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    If you go to Google Images and type in Savinelli Churchwarden pipes you should be able to catch an image of the pipe. If you Google Savinelli Churchwarden you will get a couple of hits for pipe dealers and find it there.
     
  16. David Emond

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    You can always browse the pipes at smoking pipes . Com or 4noggings. They have some churches and will ship to you.
    If you want a meer church visit altinok, they have nice double stem packs and a nice gandalf wizard pipe .
     
  17. CMAsailor

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    Guess im out of the runing for the time being. The HCA is in california and Im in oregon
     
  18. Greatwall

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    Its fine. Thanks for thinking of it!
     
  19. Tony Malerich

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    I sent a Pete Ebony D9 churchwarden to Dave at Walker Briar Works to have a short stem made so I could smoke it more regularly. May have to do that with the Stanwell, too. Anyway, he may well be up to doing the reverse.
     
  20. Raffxr7

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    Forever stem on a nice cob is what I would do. I cut tenons on injection molded stems to fit my pipes, and keep a CW stem for cobs and one for my favorite briar. I bought a Mr Brog #14 pearwood CW, and I doubt I even broke it in. The pipe is good, but I rarely sit down and have a luxurious smoke. A cobwarden is clenchable, but go for a shorter CW stem so you donĀ“t smack it into... say, a truck window when checking blind spots. Hot embers all over in traffic = saying your adult-worded catchphrase.
     
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