Stonehaven Bloom Under the Microscope

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cgrd

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Feb 7, 2012
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I've had 8oz of Stonehaven aging in a mason jar for just over one year. I visually check on it periodically to ensure all is well, and recently had a concern it was beginning to show mold (you can read about that adventure here).
Thankfully, there wasn't any mold, but I did end up taking some neat shots of the tobacco's bloom under a microscope. They aren't going to win any prizes, but considering I rigged this up with some clamps, a "helping hand" tool, a pocket microscope, and an LED flashlight, they're not bad. However, I figured the piping community would enjoy them.
Anyway, enough blither blather, here's the pics:










 

deathmetal

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It's awesome to be able to see the crystalline structure. Thank you for posting these.

 

python

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+1. Those are amazing pics that show the detail of what is happening!

 

misterlowercase

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TOTALLY FRIGGIN' AWESOME!!!!!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS AND SHARING THE RESULTS!

I love this.
Stellar post and wonderful images!
Very very well done.

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Stonehaven bloom is a thing of delight,

I took a few photos from inside the jar:

http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/pictures-of-pipe-tobacco/page/2#post-863029

...but your images really really highlight just how incredibly beautiful that mysterious crystalline stuff is.
I cannot thank you enough for sharing.
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  • Thank You.
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brudnod

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I have a Carl Zeiss microscope with all the bells and whistles from my research days that has dark field, separate light source and built in camera with 100x magnification. I doubt I could have taken more dramatic shots. Great work with minimalist equipment!

 

jkrug

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Very cool pics indeed, especially with the rig you used. Well done! :clap:

 

randelli

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Amazing pics!
Please excuse a novice question; but what is bloom, what causes it, and is it a bad or good thing?

 
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