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Making my first visit to Boswell's next Friday...

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  1. furious

    furious Junque collector

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    On my way to Pittsburgh next weekend and will stop briefly at Boswell's for some tobacco and perhaps a pipe. I know how revered JM and Dan are on PSF, and I would like to know your thoughts on what to look for while I'm there.
     


  2. soundlzrd

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    What to look for...all the money in your wallet to just jump right out!​
    If he still has the Grizzly pipe in stock, ask to check it out. I was able to see one on my last trip and it was amazing! I do not have a Boswell pipe that I do not like or that does not smoke well. He is known for larger pipes, so if you like large pipes, you will have a difficult time choosing just one.​
    Also, they have a nice selection of house blends. Many are Aros, I do not mind, but they also have some english blends. They will encourage you to try whatever you want. I have started loading up as soon as I walk in, if I do not have a pipe lit already, and then look through the selection of pipes and accessories.​
    Most of all enjoy your visit. My first trip was over whelming. I also learned to save more for the trip before I head over.​
    Looking forward to a report, with pictures!​
    Sean​
     
  3. furious

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    I have seen a few pics of the Grizzly and it is one big mother!! Of course, it comes with a big price tag, too, so it's definitely out of my league. I'll ask to see one anyway. Can't wait to check the place out! And there will be a report upon my return, especially if I pull the trigger and buy a pipe.
     
  4. Lestrade

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    Visiting Boswell's has got to be cool. Enjoy and take plenty of pics!
     
  5. Mington

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    Can ya pick me up an ounce of Northwoods? ;)
     
  6. Capt

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    Have fun!

    Don, I have some if you want it.
     
  7. Mington

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    Can I get a sample from you? When is a good day\time to stop by? Don't forget my Mixture #79! heh
    (You don't have Pipesandcigars.com Larry's Blend too...do ya?) ;)
     
  8. Capt

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    Don't have Larry's, but gots da others. Tonight is the only night I have open.
     
  9. Mington

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    I will call you on my way home from work. I may be getting home before 5 today. Thanks!
     
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    Cool.
     
  11. furious

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    No problem. That's on my TAD list.
     
  12. Chuck S

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    Enjoy the visit, and definitely take the time to sample a bunch of their house blends. Boswell's Best Burley is one of my favorite smokes.
     
  13. Russell Hartman

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    furious:----you are in for a treat to say the least. I am VERY lucky to live only a short drive from their place, and in my own personal opinion--Boswells shop rocks. They usually have many pipes on display--as you enter their shop--look to your left along the wall in their display area--Also talk with Dan, and his dad J.M.---Gail(J.M.s' wife), and staff there are ALL---super down to earth people---you may not want to leave---prpere to fire up that pipe, and sit down, and relax for a while. As soundlzrd said---ask Dan, and his dad if he has a grizzly in the works to look at. Yes they do make fairly large pipes---I love large pipes, and can tell you VERY personally--a jumbo--a jumboX, or jumbo XX are SUPER nice. And yes a Grizzly is worth owning just for the conversation, and jaw dropping it causes. Even J.M.s' jumbos are larger than most any other pipes made. A Grizzly is a pipe that takes the words over-the-top, astounding to new levels. There are NO WORDS to describe these pipes other than---OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! They also smoke VERY-VERY -VERY--VERY well---it just takes all day at the very least. You gotta see one of these to actually handle it, and appreciate the holy cow factor.
     
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  14. furious

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    Thanks for the advice, Russell. I am very excited to be able to make the stop. I am actually going to leave the house early to allow for more time at Boswell's. I can't see how I won't walk out of there without a new pipe (or two, lol wife will shoot me if she ever finds out). I have seen a number of JM's pipes over the years, and I really would like to own one--just haven't gotten around to it yet. I am going to let the pipes do the talking when I walk into the shop. The right one will make itself evident. I don't have any large pipes beyond an old Barling's pot, so this is a new area for me. Can't wait to hold one of those grizzlies!!
     
  15. Russell Hartman

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    Keep in mind that J.M. may not have a Grizzly at the time. He does these only when he can get briar blocks that are workable. If he has one you just gotta hold it--even if you cannot afford such a beast-just holding one, and looking at it is amazing. J.M. Boswell usually has something to attract a piper. Also eye catching are his swirl, and shot shell pipes. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A PIPE ALONG IN-----he will let you fill your pipe to sample his house blends. ALLOW LOTS OF TIME---these folks, and those who frequent the place usually sit in the corner to enjoy a nice cigar, or a pipe bowl full---over great conversation. He has a sign that I simply love hanging above the pipe display area-----it reads---enter as strangers--leave as friends---and this is so true at the Boswell shop. I can tell you---I LOVE THAT FREAKIN PLACE---I don't get to go in as much as I want---sad being I live close--about 30 minutre drive for me. I am so glad you decided to make the trip---you are going to have fun.
     
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    Will definitely bring a pipe in to sample a blend or two. Really sounds like my kind of place! I know I could order one online, but I would like to buy my first Boswell in person. I'll know it's the right one when I hold it and get a good look at the grain and workmanship.
     
  17. IrishRover

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    I've never been there to give any advice what to look for... but just have a great time.
     
  18. soundlzrd

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    Problem isnt the right one...it's finding the right 7 day set that gets one in trouble there :D
     
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    Your going to need a pair of leather chaps if you get one of those grizzly pipes.
     
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  20. templehall

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    As mentioned by previous posters, plan to sample at least several blends while there. If there is a style of tobacco you haven't tried yet but would like to, sampling as Boswell's is a great way to try it out. (This is how I learned I liked English Blends) My Boswell is a shotshell and it is such an easy smoker. Also, set aside enough time to have a sit down on the sofa and enjoy the dog's company too.
     
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