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My first clay! (is it on the small side?)

Discussion in 'Pipes' started by OrganizdMadman, Feb 4, 2012.

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  1. OrganizdMadman

    OrganizdMadman Member

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    Behold! My first clay pipe!
    I got it from pipeshoppe.com (no affiliation).

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    It's a lot smaller than I imagined.
     
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  2. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    I want a clay (one day) too, but would like one with a bigger bowl. Let me\us know if you like it and it's a good smoker.
     
  3. OrganizdMadman

    OrganizdMadman Member

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    Well, I just used it for the first time.
    A cool dry smoke, although it seems to have trouble staying lit. It gets extremely hot around the bowl and I found myself holding it more like a cigar. The clay doesn't add any flavors to the tobacco so it would make a perfect pipe for testing new baccys. I wonder if clay ghosts?
    Verdict: It won't be taking the place of my briars anytime soon but it's a short, fun little smoke for $10. :)


    [edit] just realized I coincidently used a $10 as a scale comparison.
     
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  4. NoRm

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    Clays are perfect for testing new tobaccos. I have a clay "Elizabethan" pipe that I use specifically for testing my creations. As to the matter of ghosting, the clay itself won't ghost because it is so perfectly non-absorbent. However, if you let it build a cake, the cake will impart its own flavors to anything you smoke. The best thing to do is to gently place your clay in a hot fire after you smoke it. This will remove all tobacco residue and restore your pipe to its original condition.
     
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  5. Lestrade

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    Congrats on the new pipe!
     
  6. Old Ted

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    Don't worry - a small one can still give lots of pleasure!;)
     
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    Congratulations on your first clay pipe!
    Clays are still missing in my collection..... got to get some fairly soon, I guess!:)

    Enjoy!:bing:
     
  8. Old Ted

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    I can recomend Bewdley Pottery, he does them for film and TV studios, re enactment societies etc. (sells them on UK Ebay too!)
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  9. shadow

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    Cheers, Ted! I'll have a look at them!:bing:
     
  10. IrishRover

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    Nice looking clay!
     
  11. Mington

    Mington Well-Known Member

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    Sweet! http://www.bewdleytown.co.uk/claypipes/
     
  12. Hawkwood

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    I've always enjoyed clays. They're particularly good in high summer humidity. Nice link with the ancients too.
     
  13. OrganizdMadman

    OrganizdMadman Member

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    Nice pipe!
     
  14. Whalehead King

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    As broad as two sawbucks! It's a nice pipe. The bowls do tend to run small, and I also have trouble keeping them lit. The smoke is always nice though, and I enjoy smoking like our forebears. Smoke it in good health. -WK
     
  15. James Harr

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    Does anyone smoke their clays ‘upside down’? I have seen this somewhere, but can’t remember where. The person was smoking a clay with the bowl pointing down! I guess this would keep it lit better (??) but you would have to really pack it tight to keep the baccy in.
     
  16. Old Ted

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    Only in Australia!.....(sorry!:rolleyes:)
     
  17. James Harr

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    <sad trombone> waaa, waaa, waaa, waaaaaaaaaaa</sad trombone>
     
  18. Hawkwood

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    A friend of mine does. He is a living historian with an 18th century Highlander impression. He says it keeps the weather out......
     
  19. jpberg

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    Gee, I wish somebody on this forum would work with another guy on this forum to figure out how to make clay pipes. Nah, never happen.
     
  20. Darkly

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    lol.. i've been dieing to make some clay pipes!
     
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