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  1. judcasper

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    Hi, all. UK pipe smoker here - pretty much a virgin pipe smoker (or any kind of smoker for that matter). So far I've only done what I suspect many newbies do - buy an ultra cheap pipe and a pack of mini cigars to use as baccy.

    Anyway, point I'm making is that as bad a start as this is, it was enough to tell me it's something I want to pursue. So far my attempts, even with a cheap pipe and mini cigar baccy, have shown me how utterly relaxing a hobby this could be. When I sit and start puffing on my pipe I fall into an almost zen-like calmness.

    I have many questions, obviously, so your patience permitting, I look forward to learning from you chaps!

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    We have many answers, some good, some bad. Welcome. It is a fun journey.

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    Thank you, @crashthegrey.

    I love that pipe in your avo - I'm a huge fan of the small pipe (or do you just have the stem really far into your mouth?)

    I forget to mention in my intro that I don't have a beard. Is this going to be a problem as a pipe smoker?

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    Welcome. Can you grow a beard?

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    That is a very short pipe. It is a Morgan Pipes Blackjack stubby anse. He has distribution in parts of Europe, you may find it there. There is a Bones version which is less expensive than the Blackjack, basically no stain and a light coating of wax. Lol at the beard. I think it is just an odd coincidence that so many of us are bearded.

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    Welcome. Can you grow a beard?

    Thanks. And to be honest I don't think I can. I've tried but I think I'd go insane before I could get beyond the itching/face irritation stage.

    That is a very short pipe. It is a Morgan Pipes Blackjack stubby anse. He has distribution in parts of Europe, you may find it there.

    Thank you. I'll go do some digging.

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    Welcome from Illinois. I'm 59 and still can't grow a full beard. It's a good thing that beards aren't mandatory for the forum.

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    Welcome to the group. Beards aren't required but ... it does help keep your chin warm.

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    Welcome from Indiana. Enjoy the forum.

    The walls have ears, the windows have eyes, and the wise man tells no lies.
    You can offer someone a cigar, but you can never offer someone your pipe.
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Follow up question to the beard: How do you feel about pirate ships?

    Its quite the journey, both pipe smoking and navigating this forum. Have fun!

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    Hi to all the additional welcomers!

    Seems like I picked a good place

    @mikethomson, I love the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Does that count?

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    Welcome from Texas!

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    Yes, welcome from Texas!

    Gunner, Black Frigate. Say "Hello" to my little friend!
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    Welcome aboard...

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    Welcome to the forums, happy to have you!

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    Get yourself some decent pipe tobacco - plenty of good tobacconist online in the UK. I'd start off with an English blend if your already enjoying cigar tobacco, but there is more choice than you'll have time to smoke.

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    Thanks again for all the additional welcomes

    @bentbob - did you take your name from Red Dwarf by any chance?

    I'd start off with an English blend if your already enjoying cigar tobacco

    Probably a subject for a thread of its own, but in my head I think I'd like something 'mellow and creamy'.

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    Welcome aboard. A good briar pipe and some real pipe tobacco, it will be a whole new day.

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    Thanks, mso

    Just found a website, thanks to another member, selling budget briars for £8.99 - don't know if they'd turn out to be a false economy at that price, but certainly my price range.

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    Judcasper,

    did you take your name from Red Dwarf by any chance?

    No mate, never worked in catering. A fellow piper was taking the piss out of my preference for bents.

    'mellow and creamy'

    Give Squadron Leader or Commonwealth Mixture a try.

    If that's a Mr Brog pipe you have, they are OK but just be careful of the tenon - they have a habit of breaking. A MM cob is always a good buy and a good choice for trying lots of different tobaccos.

    Whereabouts in the UK are you?

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    No mate, never worked in catering.

    Clearly a fan, though, if that answer is any clue

    Whereabouts in the UK are you?

    About 5 miles east of Manchester City Centre.

    Thanks for the baccy rec. I'll do some pricing up on those you suggested.

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    PM me your address and I'll send you some small samples of various tobaccos, although I don't keep either of those particular blends.

    If you have transport, the Glossop Pipe Club meets this Sunday at The Globe Inn, Glossop. I can't make it as I'm taking my daughter back to University, but chances are there be plenty of tobacco to try.

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    PM me your address and I'll send you some small samples of various tobaccos, although I don't keep either of those particular blends.

    That's a very kind offer, Bob. Thank you

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    Sorry, Bob, forgot to acknowledge the Glossop club meeting. I'm without transport right now, but I don't feel like I'm 'there' yet anyway. Would feel out of my depth.

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    Welcome!

    I am over in Sweden. Maybe we can do some trading in the future. I have a pretty good Cellar and you have access to nice U.K. Blends.

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    Welcome!

    I am over in Sweden. Maybe we can do some trading in the future. I have a pretty good Cellar and you have access to nice U.K. Blends.

    Hi, @brendhain. That would be cool but at the risk of sounding like a stuck record I'm brand new to this and currently have very limited funds, so I'd probably not be the best to start discussing trades just yet.

    There's at least one other UK member I know of, so if getting hold of UK blends is your aim, I'm guessing there's others better suited than I.

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    Glad you landed on this forum.

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    Welcome, jud, from N California.

    As you're near Manchester, only one question*: City or United??

    Me, Spurs for life.... (and damn both the above clubs for giving my team trouble.)

    * English Premier League football (soccer) clubs. The best league in the world.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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