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Bowl Coatings - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Part I

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    As the opening to Greg's article states; "One of the most contentious of the long-running debates in the pipe community is the issue of bowl coatings."

    Please read the article, and then tell us what YOU think. (I hope we hear from some pipe makers too!)

    IMPORTANT: Please do us a favor and copy / paste your comments here onto the comments in the article.

    Bowl Coatings - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Part I

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    I do not like them, I have a Paulo Becker Grande Two Spades that was coated, sanded it , evercleared it and smoked it, I say new briar taste is the caviar of a new pipe, every new pipe I smoke I put a thermal gun to it and the pipes , all of them are not consist in the temp profile, every briar has a weak spot and knowing where it is helps avoid burnout, dry tobbaco is very essential in breaking in a pipe, I have used Carter Hall for new and estate pipes that were reamed to the briar, retorted, with great success, in this day and age of instant gracification some pipe smokers want to excel like a champ the first time they light up, doesn"t happen, in my line of work it took approx 5 yrs before a man was competent in his job, smokeing a pipe I believe is the same IMHO that's my story and I"m sticking to it. The old cajun

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    dear tbradsim (old cajun). you are sorta like john wayne, a tough bad ass. a real man a must say sir.

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    I guess my idea of bolding and underlining text wasn't a guarantee of anything.

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    Kevin I apologize I have put my comment in the section of the article , sorry. The old cajunp

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    Thanks Old Cajun!

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    well, iam sorry as well. i just wanted to comment to the old cajun.

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    I used to not care if a bowl was coated but I always preferred un-coated. I love the taste of those first few bowls when the briar flavor comes into play towards the end. It is something I look forward to and it makes breaking in a new pipe a joy for me. I now will not buy a pipe that has been coated, the last two new pipes I did buy that were coated were both Ferndowns and I did not care for the taste at all. Since all the new pipes I buy are from artisans it will not be an issue for me, that is unless I buy a Roush. I honestly cannot understand the carvers reasons for coating a pipe, I hear the reasons they use but it I don't buy it. If someone is going to abuse a pipe and burn it out, no bowl coating is going to stop it. In the case of Roush, maybe he should use a different type of stain so it does not soak through.

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    Since there appears to be little evidence either way… I prefer a natural interior. I can, however, respect the decision to coat the bowl if the inside looks “off” due to stains that have penetrated the wood. But if it looks good naked then for the love of Merlin leave it alone.

    "I was born to lose. So I'll die to win." -Breaking Benjamin
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    Please read the article, and then tell us what YOU think. (I hope we hear from some pipe makers too!)

    did you really think...

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    This article has generated a fairly large number of early responses. I guess Greg hit a chord with this issue.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    I prefer raw wood, no coating. If there’s a bit if stain on the wood, so what — that is much easier to remove than if a coating covers the entire bowl. Also, some of those coatings can go beyond the standard “pre-carb” and are really nasty. Were I to commission a pipe, no coating would be required.

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    In less than 24-hours it's become the number 3 most popular article based on average views per day. Number 1 & 2 are cartoons, so that really makes this the number 1 article.

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