Pipe Smoking a Hobby?

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Coastal Bend

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From time to time I see references to pipe smoking as a hobby. Everything is subject to personal definition, but for me pipe smoking is something I do, something I enjoy. I also enjoy eating steak, walking on the beach and playing games with the granddaughter -- but I don't regard those activities as hobbies either.

To me a hobby is like collecting coins, woodworking or building model trains -- to name a few of the many hobbies people enjoy.

When it comes to pipes if one collects pipes, even if part of PAD to add to an ever increasing rotation, that can be a hobby. Also restoring pipes and/or modifying pipes can be a hobby. (It can also be a business AND a hobby in some cases.) Collecting and cellaring tobacco can be a hobby and the trading of pipes and tobacco that result from any of these activities can also be considered a hobby. But the smoking part -- I just have trouble thinking of that as a hobby.
 

bubbagump

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It could be argued that both the collection and smoking of pipes and tobacco is a hobby.

A hobby is a regularly undertaken activity that is done for pleasure, typically, during one's leisure time. Hobbies can include the collection of themed items and objects, engaging in creative and artistic pursuits, tinkering playing sports, along with many more examples. By continually participating in a particular hobby, one can acquire substantial skill and knowledge in that area.
 

Old Ted

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......... But the smoking part -- I just have trouble thinking of that as a hobby.
....of course you do! - me too!, 'cos it aint!....my hobby (one of them) is making things on my machines, while doing that I smoke a pipe or small cigar - but that's not a f#*@in hobby!:old:
OT;)
I suppose some will say collecting lots of tins of tobacco - as a stock for the future, is a hobby, well, if I asked the wife if that row upon row of canned foodstuff was her hobby - she'd most likely throw one at me!.
 

FlatbushPaul

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It's funny you say that. I feel the same way, but, which is part and parcel of the other? Is smoking part of the tobacco collecting or part of the pipe collecting? Is pipe collecting or tobacco collecting part of the smoking aspect of it. Are they two different things/hobbies? Where does one overlap into the other. Is the action not part of the hobby?
I raise these questi0ns and now you can see why my Bride of 35 years thinks I am crazy.:ohyh:
 

Old Ted

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It's funny you say that. I feel the same way, but, which is part and parcel of the other? Is smoking part of the tobacco collecting or part of the pipe collecting? Is pipe collecting or tobacco collecting part of the smoking aspect of it. Are they two different things/hobbies? Where does one overlap into the other. Is the action not part of the hobby?
I raise these questi0ns and now you can see why my Bride of 35 years thinks I am crazy.:ohyh:
well ask her if her hobby is grocery collecting!;)
 

bosun

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Eats like a bird? Her weight in bugs every day? (G)
Anything that isn't a necessity can be a hobby..
Unless it is an addiction, then it becomes a necessity!
 
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I suppose that would depend on the smoker, when I smoked cigarettes there was no question about it, I was addicted to nicotine. I only smoke a pipe now, and no longer have "nic fits", I rarely leave home with a pipe, and on weekdays smoke no more than one bowl of pipe tobacco, weekends two or three bowls max. I'll say I'm a pipe smoker, but to me it has the aspect of a hobby too, trying different tobaccos, getting a new pipe, or other pipe related gizmo etc. makes it as much a hobby as an addiction. I know one thing for sure, either way, I find my "pipe time" very relaxing at the end of a long day. :)
 

surlysoul

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I am just curious how much time you spend on Steak eating forums, or beach walking forums. I think it all depends on how a person wants to define it, but to me, my Grandfather was a pipe smoker. He had two pipes and smoked one kind of tobacco that I know of and I don't ever remember him talking about pipe smoking, he just smoked them. I think if someone like trying different tobaccos, admires different shapes of pipes, and spends time on forums or talking to other pipe smokers, its probably a hobby. However, if you are uncomfortable calling it that, I don't think anyone is enforcing any rules and I agree pipe and cigar hobbyist sounds riduculous.
 

Coastal Bend

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I am just curious how much time you spend on Steak eating forums, or beach walking forums. I think it all depends on how a person wants to define it, but to me, my Grandfather was a pipe smoker. He had two pipes and smoked one kind of tobacco that I know of and I don't ever remember him talking about pipe smoking, he just smoked them. I think if someone like trying different tobaccos, admires different shapes of pipes, and spends time on forums or talking to other pipe smokers, its probably a hobby. However, if you are uncomfortable calling it that, I don't think anyone is enforcing any rules and I agree pipe and cigar hobbyist sounds riduculous.
Well, I did acknowledge in the OP that it is subject to "personal definition." I will say that I managed pretty well on my own for over 40 years smoking my pipe regularly without being part of a club, organization or forum. I found this forum when I was trying to learn more about corn cob pipes, to be honest. I've enjoyed sticking around to learn what others are thinking and maybe offer a wee bit of advice or input now and then. Parse it how you like, for me, I will maintain there are aspects to pipes that qualify as a hobby, but I don't consider the smoking part to be a "hobby." It is just what I do.
 
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