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Pipe rack/rest substitutes

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nesta

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Alright, so I have five pipes and no pipe racks or pipe rests. I just lay them on their sides on a bookshelf where they will not be knocked off, except for my cob and my Bjarne which will both sit upright. Apart from being untidy, will this in any way harm my precious pipes?

Even if it wont, are there any good items which I may potentially find laying around which can make a decent pipe rest? I have no means by which to make a proper rack, and occasionally do find an odd item or two (like a glass tea light holder) which can manage to serve the purpose....

I assume my current method isn't in any way damaging my pipes, so perhaps its just a nonissue until I can afford a nice pipe rack
 

r0n54

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You are basically right no harm will come to your pipes till you get a rack to display/store them. If you want to you can always put a soft cloth or the like on the shelf that you place your pipes on. This will protect them from sliding around and possibly getting scuffed, if you are picky. When you do get a rack, get one that will hold more pipes than you have to allow for some growth. You may find your collection soon out grows the rack......
 
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I got a Hickory Farms sausage and cheese gift box for Christmas this year and it has that crimp cut brown paper in it. I can fit a half dozen pipes down in that wonderfully and it holds the shape for them and even looks kinda neat.

I also have a little stuffed M&M that sits next to my computer on my desk. With the feet forward it makes a nice little cradle for whatever pipe I've just finished or am about to smoke. So any kind of stuffed animal would work.

My two cents
Happy Smoking
Arty
 

Beale

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I use a long slender wicker basket. Put my pipes in so they sit up. I like the idea of lining it. I am gonna use a nice Satin cloth to line it, Beale.
 

Puff The Magic

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Necessity is the mother of invention! Until you get a rack, get a big cup deep enough to stand up your pipes (bowl or stem down, either, your choice.....I prefer bowl down but if the pipe is clean, it doesn't matter). Put your pipes in the cup(s) and they'll be safe until you find the right rack(s) :whistle:

Do not store your pipes in enclosed containers, they need to breathe and dryout. Let them.

Ebay is a good place to look for some second hand or even new racks. I've gotten a few from ebay as well as a few from b&m's. Yardsales would be another great place to look as well as estate sale/liquidations.

Get a rack! :thumbsu:


:velho:
Ed Puff!
cogito ergo puff
 

t-bear

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A good friend of mine used an egg carton with the top removed when he first took up the pipe....not "pretty", but very functional. I liked it enough that I have a few in the shop for "pipes-in-progress".
 

SmokeyJoe

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A good friend of mine used an egg carton with the top removed when he first took up the pipe....not "pretty", but very functional. I liked it enough that I have a few in the shop for "pipes-in-progress".
Great idea for pipes-in progress, never crossed my mind. THANKS!!
 

HCraven

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Acquiring pipe furniture is part of the fun of this hobby. I used to pick up old pipe racks at antique stores and flea markets for cheap, most of which came from the estates of old briar brothers, long gone. :pray: If you can find them, the ones with slots instead of holes for the stems are a little more versatile IMO. I have more than one pipe that wont abide being crammed into a hole, a fact that is exacerbated by the fact that I prefer to use rubber bite protectors on my bits.
 

nesta

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All good ideas, but if no harm will come to my pipes from laying on a shelf so long as I'm careful, I'll just keep on keepin on until I can afford a nice pipe rack from the local B&M...that egg carton idea is cool though, I'll keep that in mind :cheers:
 

ichabod

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If you are close to any antique shops I highly recommend browsing them! I picked up this past week a 7-pipe rack for $10. It's basic and plain but it does what it's meant to do.

In fact, this weekend I found several others at reasonable prices compared to new from some online shops. I saw a 6-pipe rack that held 3 on either side of a wooden jar meant for tobacco and I believe it was priced at $20 or 25. I even found a nice dark green glass jar that was very handsome, opened it and it still had tobacco in it and it smelled amazing.

Anyway, I don't see them every time I stop in a shop but often enough to know that they are there and you can shop around for decent prices.
 

ichabod

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I also just thought of this, before I got my rack I picked up this little folding pipe stand, it was 1.99, very compact when not in use. I used it to rest whatever pipe I had just smoked while it cooled down, actually still use it.

 

telltime

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I can recommend standing a pipe up (bowl down) in a coffee mug. A mug will easily hold two or three pipes without much trouble...

Cheap and easy.
 

Snake

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If you are handy with wood tools at all, take
a small log, or bigger branch, and cut a
quarter section out of it length-wise. Then
Dremmel some lots in it, and presto! I did
this once with a piece of Olivewood. Too
bad I didn't let it season first, and it warped
on me. Luckily, it was free. Meh, live and
learn.

dp
 

Falconeer

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Hi All,

Here's a few cheap and cheerful things I've used over the years - a pint glass, a biscuit or shortbread tin, an OTC pipe tobacco drum such as a Carter Hall 14 ouncer, and the one litre plastic containers ice cream comes in from the supermarket.

This last lined with bubble wrap I use for taking my travelling pipes abroad. I have also used a large three drawer jewellery box I picked up at a flea market for £1.00 with sucess for storing my best pipes.

All it takes is a little imagination and you've cracked it

Best to all,

Gerry
 

Bri2k

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I used pliers to bend a piece of a wire coat-hanger into a serviceable pipe stand when I started out and I still use it.
 
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