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  1. halfdan

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    I've had some Gawith & Hoggard Cherry Vanilla in my clay over the last week or so.

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    I have one I actually found among other relics in the attic of a small apartment building I was cleaning out for a friend. The building dates to the 1850s, and the pipe was of the glazed red clay w/ reed stem class but as old as it looks it hadn't been smoked. I'm sure it's old but I can only guess. I made a stem from a small maple twig and have smoked it a handful of times. Not something I would choose over a briar, but I agree with anyone else who find a nostalgia in sitting down with an old clay. Then again if I was a common guy living in the 19th century I wouldn't have much of a choice. We find fragments of older tavern clays all the time around the town whenever somebody digs a hole deeper than a foot or two, I've been keeping my eyes out for a while now for any sign of a complete specimen, but so far I only have a bag of stems and a few quarter fragments of bowls. I've considered buying a modern reproduction but at the same time I feel that if I ever find a complete tavern style clay with over a century of untold history that would be worth searching and waiting.

    Posted 8 months ago #
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    I love my clay tavern pipe. It smokes really cool and is fun to smoke something so anacranistic. I find some flavor is lost with them, don't smoke Aros in them.

    Posted 8 months ago #
  4. halfdan

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    My latest clay is a Southorn of Broseley pipe with a decoration around the bowl and a short stem. I believe this is now the Clay Pipe Museum.

    Posted 7 months ago #
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    I’m a big fan of clay pipes & smoke them often. I like to try blends new to me in them.

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    These are in a small museum in Saratoga, NY.

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    Anyone have a Fleam?? How do you use it?

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    Its a medical & veterinary instrument used for bloodletting-

    http://broughttolife.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display?id=11556

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  9. halfdan

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    I broke the stem on my Broseley pipe so I've given it to a homeless man I spoke to in the street.
    I've now acquired an English Civil War pipe (long stem, small bowl) and a RAOB (Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffaloes) pipe also made by Southorn of Broseley.
    I've had a bit of Clan in the RAOB pipe and I like the decoration on it.
    I'm thinking of taking moulds from both pipes!

    Posted 7 months ago #
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    Photos would be wildly appreciated!

    Thanks, General, missed your post till today.

    Here's a fleam in better shape:

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    Thanks for the close-up, though pics of it actually being used aren't necessary!

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    I 've had a bit of Gawith & Hoggarth Cherry Vanilla in my English Civil War pipe today.
    I really like this bland and it warms the mouth on one of the coldest days this year!
    I could smoke a full pouch in one of these giant clay pipes!
    http://www.dawnmist.org/cadger.htm

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I have an Old Dominion cutty, and though it's very pretty and I appreciate what the company is doing, it is virtually unsmokable.

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    I've got a couple of clay pipes and I really enjoy them as a change of pace. The nostalgia aspect is also there, of course.

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    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Received my first clay pipe today. I'm not a big fan of how fragile and dainty they feel when smoking, but it was an enjoyable bowl nonetheless. Probably won't be buying any more in the near future.

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    Chioggiotta pipes are really nice. They come from Chioggia, a city near Venice. Made of terracotta and cherrywood for the stem.

    http://www.pipachioggiotta.it/shop

    Posted 6 months ago #
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    I've just had some captain Black Cherry in my clay pipe last week - very nice and it went down a real treat!

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Glad thats working out for you Dan

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    I used to have one. It was given to me by a friend for my birthday.

    To me, the smoke was hot, the pipe was hot, and the stem stuck to my lips. I'm not meant for clays. I lost it since then , but wish I still had it.

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    I don't, but I want to try.

    Can anyone recommend a specific model (available in the US at a reasonable price--I'm thinking $15 or less) that is smokable?

    I know there have been general recommendations upthread for various makers, but a lot of them are sold out or have lots of different models at lots of different price points, which has lead to a certain analysis paralysis.

    Alternatively, if you think a sub-$15 clay will be unsmokable, saying so would be helpful.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Have no experience, except with Lepeltier Clay's. Had at least one, back when, but it/they somehow lost themselves during one of my house moves. Recently inspired to buy a new one and am VERY pleased with it. Has most of the best smoking qualities of a meerschaum, with few of the finicky downsides. Relatively large bowl, not very light in weight. Super easy to clean/maintain- you can literally clean the bowl with boiling water. Have smoked codger blends, VAs, burleys and light aromatics, all tasted good, with no hint of ghosting. Ordered a second. Best under $60 pipe in my collection and out smokes a couple of pipes 3x the price!

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I have a couple of Dawnmist cuttys,but the website has almost no stock and seems to imply she wont be making more.

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    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I recently ordered a double-walled porcelain pipe from Amazon for $16.50 that smokes very well, the bowl stays cool and it holds a decent amount of tobacco. It can be found here: Muxiang Ceramic Pipe
    I expected a piece of crap at that price but am really enjoying it. I know, it's from China, but so is everything else.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    My daughter gave me a couple of clay pipes as an early fathers' day gift. I've had a few bowls and here are my notes:

    1) In the clay I got, there was definitely a break-in period (though it only lasted a couple of bowls). The clay gave a very distinct flavor to the first bowl that totally dominated the flavor. And the flavor of the tobacco itself was entirely missing. This could be the specific clay or firing technique used on this pipe.

    2) Even with a varnished tip, clay on tooth enamel is a lot like an emery board on tooth enamel. Also, I really don't want to get pipe notches. It is funny how not being able to let the pipe touch your teeth totally breaks your form and really detracts from the overall experience.

    3) The first bowls smoked hot. They also tended to go out. My theory is that the Gouda pipe I was smoking has a really oddly shaped bowl (it is hooked--the bowl curves into the stem--and flared in the middle and canted), so it wasn't packed properly, and therefore I was fighting to keep it lit (and getting it too hot in the process). Also, my cadence was off because of (2).

    So the first couple of bowls were just terrible.

    But, (1) the flavor of clay went away quickly. (2) wrapping the tip with electrical tape lets me clench comfortably and without fear of drilling a hole in my teeth, and (3) taking some extra care in packing seems to have solved the problems keeping it lit, and being able to clentch seems to have helped me get my nice slow and steady cadence back. When all this came together I got a really enjoyable smoke--the kind that is just short of nirvana.

    We'll see if I can continue to replicate it, but for now, I think I'm hooked.

    It is funny how quickly things turned around. Based on reading about clays, I had really high hopes when I sat down for that first pipe, but it was really just horrid all around, then a couple of bowls later, I had a nearly perfect smoke.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    That should help many who want to experience clays. I did so just after the great flood (the one when Noah was about) and that was fine, but for me, not something I wanted to do going forward.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I have one. I do enjoy it on occasion. it might be in my head but i swear i can taste the clay a little when i smoke it. because of that i do not smoke it very often.

    Posted 2 months ago #
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    I've sold my clay pipes yesterday, got £10 for the four of them. Have decided to give up smoking for now!
    Please wish me luck!

    Posted 1 day ago #

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