Your Collection: Mostly Traditional or Non-Traditional Shapes?

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mikethompson

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Jun 26, 2016
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While browsing to beat the latest bout of PAD, I've come across some very conservative designs that look like they have been unchanged in 200 years, and some wild designs. I thought I would never have a crazy wild one, could you really smoke from them? I also thought that there are folks who probably hate the traditional styles, haven't we seen this all before?
So you guys with large collections, are you biased towards one side or the other? Do you have a mix of both?



 

bassbug

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Dec 29, 2016
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All traditional, all bent, but then again 6 pipes is not exactly a big collection :)


 

fishnbanjo

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Feb 27, 2013
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Although I love traditional shapes, Billiard, Pot, Prince and Dublin, I cant help myself when a traditional has been taken to a new level by being pinched, squashed or tortured into a wild shape that allows one to see its origins yet realistically is non traditional. I have a soft spot for wild interpretations of natural items from nature being made into pipes and shapes that touch me as well.

banjo

 

ray47

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Jul 10, 2015
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Would Falcons and Cobs be considered traditional. If so then I'm traditional considering that's what I smoke most of the time.

 

davet

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May 9, 2015
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All traditional except for half a dozen freehands.
I have a soft spot for wild interpretations of natural items from nature being made into pipes and shapes that touch me as well.
It has served you well, that's a wonderful collection you have :clap:

 

timt

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Jul 19, 2018
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All traditional for me so far with my 20 or so pipes. I've eyeballed Nording freehands from time to time but can't seem to pull the trigger.

 

didimauw

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Jul 28, 2013
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All traditional. But occasionally I like the look of a Danish freehand...

 

cosmicfolklore

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Aug 9, 2013
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I collect dublins with all of its subcategories of zulus, horns, etc... and bulldogs, but I don’t care for the Rhodesian bulldogs or the bull cap subcategories of the standard bulldog. However, with the bulldog, I really enjoy variations created by artisans. As long as it has the two cones for the bowl and a diamond shank, I enjoy it when the artist plays with dimensions and distorted proportions within the genre.

So, both.
I find it funny that freehands come up as non traditional. I guess it is, but the name brings to my mind a very specific shape, which I think of as traditional. For non-traditional, Neerups and Beckers come to mind.

 

mso489

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Feb 21, 2013
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I think freehands are traditional by now. On that basis, my pipes are almost entirely traditional but with lots of variation and as is generally true a number of hybrids. That is, you can ponder whether this one is a brandy or an apple, and whether that one is a brandy or a volcano, a poker or a pot, and so forth. The the tradition is evident in nearly every pipe, maybe all pipes.

 

haparnold

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Aug 9, 2018
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Lexington, KY
100% traditional. But then I'm a traditional guy. My collection is centered around the straight saddle-bit billiard and its variants (Lovat, etc.)

 

sablebrush52

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Jun 15, 2013
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Whilst the bulk of my shoddy assortment of derelict pipes is largely traditional in nature (Barlings are very traditional) I love an imaginatively designed pipe that smokes well.
C'mon, what's not to like about fins and flames!



 

irishearl

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Aug 2, 2016
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Primarily traditional here, too, allowing for some neoclassical Peterson interpretations. Have a couple of freehands I like but it's only the rare freehand I find particularly attractive. That's a lovely one you've got there sable.

 

judcasper

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Jan 9, 2019
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Traditional, if stubby nosewarmers count as traditional. I don't like anything that looks too 'silly'.
I only have four pipes, three are of the typical bent style (one of these being of the stubby big ben variety) and my latest which is a straight. I bought the straight because I was growing very tired of the typical bent shape.
As my collection slowly grows, they will be mainly made up of the straight nosewarmer type - like the Morgan Bones Stubby Pot