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Ian Walker and my Unfortunate Loss

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  1. cosmicfolklore

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    This weekend I managed to get down to The Briary's annual event for a little while. Ian Walker of Northern Briars was there. Usually at these things there are moments when I would get to ask questions and talk to the pipemakers, but Ian was having such a hard time hearing... whether it was his ears or our accents...
    But, anyways, it was an honor to be in the same room with the guy... I guess. I am just not much of the star-struck type.

    I picked up a new Northern Briars pipe. I think he called it a bent brandy, but I think every pipemaker just wings it on these pipe style names.

    I did get to hang with David (shaintiques) and Vorhees, and I understand that Vorhees placed in the slow smoke contest. But, I had to get out of there and sign papers on my daughters new car. So, I didn't get to stay for the whole event.

    Then later that evening, after signing all of those papers in blood, I stepped out of the dealership to smoke my new pipe, and dag-nabbit if the thing didn't slip out of my hand and shatter like fucking glass in the curb. I have never seen a pipe go into so many pieces.
    Que Será, Será, easy come, easy go... and all that. Hey, at least now I have a replacement stem for one of my other Northern Briars, ha ha.

    Michael
    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. pipehunter

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    Man, that sucks. Sorry to hear it.

    Never had a piece of briar shatter like that. Weird.

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Better the break up now, rather than when your love is rooted. Terrible shame though.

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    You gotta be kidding me? Damn sorry for your loss. Always good to see you however.

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    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Michael, that's awful. Being very hard wood, I can see how a briar could also be brittle enough to break if dropped. That was a beautiful pipe as well. Sorry for the loss.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  6. rdavid

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    Damn, I'm sorry I missed that event...

    Super sorry about your pipe. I've never thought one would explode like glass when dropped. Guess I need to start being a little more careful.

    "May my last breath be drawn through a pipe, and exhaled in a jest." Charles Lamb
    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Whoa. What a day! Damn! Sorry for your loss.

    I've been pretty lucky. Out of the six or so pipes that have hit hard surfaces, the tenon snapped off the stem, and only one took a chip out of the stem where the mortise lies.

    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.
    Posted 4 months ago #
  8. haparnold

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    Ouch! RIP, Cosmic's pipe.

    I've only had one catastrophic drop: it was my favorite pipe at the time, and I dropped it while I was trying to move my pipe rack. The stem broke at the tenon, and my beloved pipe went into the trash can.

    De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
    Posted 4 months ago #
  9. anthonyrosenthal74

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    I just said a few choice words when I got to,

    and dag-nabbit if the thing didn't slip out of my hand and shatter like fucking glass in the curb.
    So sorry to hear about that. It's a true shame.

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    Posted 4 months ago #
  10. mechanic

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    Damn that sucks

    "I'm a kind person, I'm kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you will remember me for." - Al Capone
    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. timelord

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    Yikes! That's a tragic story.

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    That really sucks. Glad you at least got a picture of it before it perished. Small comfort, but ....

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. cosmicfolklore

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    I was really wanting one of his fat squat bulldogs, but he sold out of those and his billiards in the first ten minutes. And, I was there at opening, just not fast enough, I guess. Ha ha. The problem with his pipes being so cheap, is that the better pipes sell out quickly wherever they are posted. Then, all I have are the styles that I'm not crazy about left or the smooth ones.
    The bowl remained intact, just the stummel side of the stem fragmented. I never drop my pipes, so it was a shock. But... I'll eventually get the one I want.

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    So, you missed the boat?

    Ubi Ignis Est?
    Posted 4 months ago #
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    That sucks!

    At least you got some pictures and a good story out of it.

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    fat squat bulldogs

    I don't know if this one checks all the boxes for you...

    I dropped a smooth on some blacktop once. Didn't break, but dinged it up, and looked kinda like it got sprayed by a mini shotgun...wasn't a higher end pipe, but it still stung. You had to be really bummed...sorry to hear that

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Ouch.

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  18. brian64

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    My condolences. That's a real bummer.

    People often worry about meers breaking if they were to drop them on a hard surface...apparently briars aren't necessarily less fragile.

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    That sucks.

    If you had been smoking a cob, no damage would have occurred...

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    Damn, Cosmic, that is rough. Sorry your evening didn't go well. Cool to meet Ian, tho!

    Posted 4 months ago #
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    Sorry to hear that Michael. I suppose you didn't take the pictures of the broken pipe, did you?

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    Tragic! You didn't even get a bowl out of it!

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  23. cosmicfolklore

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    I suppose you didn't take the pictures of the broken pipe, did you?

    No, ha ha, taking a picture right after that happened just didn't occur to me. However, I forgot to note that I have three badly sprained fingers on my right hand from an accident at the beach last weekend, which is why I couldn't keep a grip on the new pipe.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  24. rdavid

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    three badly sprained fingers on my right hand from an accident at the beach last weekend

    Cosmic... you know someones gotta ask. ???

    Posted 4 months ago #
  25. chasingembers

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    Sounds like a fissure created by the blast finish. Did it shatter along the ring grain?

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  26. cosmicfolklore

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    Cosmic... you know someones gotta ask. ???

    I wish it was interesting... but it was a dumb as putting my hand on my tailgate, with it's grooves in the bedliner, and my foot slipping off as I was trying to lift myself into the truck bed in the misty rain, making my fingers lock tight in place as my hand turned in a quick 90 degree snap.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  27. cosmicfolklore

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    Did it shatter along the ring grain?

    I haven't inspected the pieces. I may evaluate the remains some day, maybe even attempt a fix, if I thought that it won't look like a Frankenstein pipe.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  28. jpmcwjr

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    Pics or you made this all up.....

    Posted 4 months ago #

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