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In Need of a Portable Tobacco Tray/Plate Thing

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  1. bluegrassbrian

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    I'd really like to find a wooden or light metal tray/bowl/plate that I can take along with me on a daily basis. If it fits in my pipe purse, even better.
    I've seen some wooden platters on Web retailers but they're always sold out.
    Anyone have some leads?
    5x3 or thereabouts would be good dimension methinks.

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    I have a Kona (edit - Acacia wood) wood tray at home. Its very light and super durable. Google it and find all sizes available.

    Just like the small one...

    http://www.montessoriservices.com/small-rectangular-carved-tray

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    I use a piece of leather, approximately 7" by 9". (estimating, too lazy to go get it.) It rolls up, fits right into my pipe bag.

    Mine was sent to me as a materials sample from a tannery in MN, so I can't forward you to a place to get exactly the same piece. However, you could go to Distant Drums on eBay and find a piece of Buffalo hide that you like. Here's a square of Veg Tan that you could cut to your own size. They sell many different weights and colors of buffalo, as well as a few different sizes of cut pieces like the one at the link.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-9-oz-Veg-Tan-Cowhide-Tooling-Leather-for-Sheaths-Holster-Moccasin-Soles-Strops-/380595994610?var=&hash=item589d49fff2:m:mVeq8uCfTx29L-mO-vuRjCA

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    Funny timing. Just ordered this...
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    Back in my college days we used to use frizbees to hold our pipe contents while packing. However, in those days we were not packing tobacco in our pipes

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    Very nice jason.. I'll have to consider one of the small ones.

    Never thought about leather. I know it's possible to form leather into a bowl or tray, but I don't know the method. Might have to research that, as leather is easily found in my neoghborhood.

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  7. pipesmokingtom

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    You'd be surprised what you can find at the Goodwill. Ours is full of old/antique serving trays, platters, plates, etc.

    Maybe swing in to one and see if anything catches your eye.

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    That Montessori site has some good tray options.

    http://www.montessoriservices.com/preparing-the-environment/trays/two-section-sorting-dish

    And
    http://www.montessoriservices.com/preparing-the-environment/trays/small-fiberglass-trays

    Smallest ones they have. Might order both, as they're certainly affordable.

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  9. hmhaines

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    Just another plug for a leather mat: Lightweight, easy to pack, durable, classy. You don't need to form it or stiffen it if you have a flat surface you can put it on. It readily becomes a funnel for placing excess tobacco into your tin, jar, or pouch when you're done packing. I love my leather.

    Ok, that's my extra .02, I'll leave you alone now.

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    Would a pleated paper coffee filter meet your needs?

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    Yeah the leather mat really is a good idear. I probably have some at home too..leftovers from making straps.

    I'm a regular at the local antique/thrift stores, I've been on the lookout.

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    You'd be surprised what you can find at the Goodwill.

    +1
    I found a small tray (about 6"x4") with a goofy flower pattern for about 50 cents a few years ago. I keep it in my car

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    They have leather ones on ebay. The one I just grabbed has snaps on the corner so it lays flay or snaps to make a tray. $11. Easy Peasy.

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    Ash, that sounds awesome!!!!

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    Get a pouch and learn to codger scoop.

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    I'd really like to find a wooden or light metal tray/bowl/plate that I can take along with me on a daily basis.

    You can find anything on fleabay. But wtf for??

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    Find a good plastic soapdish.

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    Shutterbugg.. to rub out flakes when I'm on the go and don't have anything else to use.

    I went ahead and ordered a fiberglass one from the site Jason linked above.

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    Let us know how you like it!

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    You'd be surprised what you can find at the Goodwill

    +1

    How about a computer mouse pad, or check walmart selection of place mats or my favorite a good wooden cigar box

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    I got to hang out with some American pipe makers at the pipe show in China last week. Scott Tinker was there too. I picked up a sandblasted big leafy curly maple (i think?) flake plate and a tamper. Very satisfied!


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    I agree with your choice. Makes sense. Price is right.
    http://www.montessoriservices.com/preparing-the-environment/trays/small-fiberglass-trays

    This is what I went with.
    http://www.puremodern.com/products/blomus-basic-stainless-steel-tray

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    Kiel, I've never heard it referred to as a flake plate. Brilliant! And American pipes at show in China?!?
    Very cool Flake Plate you got there!!

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    @kiel that is an awesome plate

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    Altoid tin #1

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    The pleated coffee filters work great.. and work great for a long list of other things

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    Flake Plates for everyone!

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    @bluegrassbrian Sorry my post didn't really help you answer your question. Contacting Scott about a tobacco dish might be the best way to get one. Unfortunately I don't have his contact info, but I'm sure he's up on some insta-face (or one of the many other sites that are censored here) social media.

    @nate Yes! This is the second year for the Chengde International Pipe Show. It's kinda neat that a civilian would go through all this work to organize an "international" event. He is a very rich civilian with his own Pipe Museum and a Harley Museum, but it's cool that he's willing to go this far and set up a China show too.

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    +1 for the mouse pad, thanks pagan. Just picked one up at the dollar store, trimmed it a bit, rolled it up and stuffed it in my pouch. Very nice plate! That would look awesome next to my rack!

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    I tend to just use my handkerchief or a spare napkin.

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    If it fits in my pipe purse, even better.

    Ok, nobody's going to bring this up ?

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    Ha I do often end up using a napkin but I'm trying to secure something reusable and lasting.

    Davet... yeah I've got a pipe purse. So what!

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    I gotta admit, I am with shutterbug. Why the heck would you want to cart around more bric-a-brack? If you like to cube cut your flakes, you can easily prep them then throw them in a baggie to take with you, and if you like to rub them out, just rub them out in the palm of your hand ( ). I do it all the time with no issue.

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    Mine is just a small ceramic dish I got at Wal-Mart for a dollar or so. Roughly 4x6.

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    Ok I give up. That picture won't load now.

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    I have a picture on an 8.5x11 piece of paper that I laminated for home. Works great as I is really pliable and great for pouring excess back into the jar. For the truck I have a little brass change plate I found at an second hand shop that works perfectly.

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    I love the ritual and hardware and a tray gives me a place to perform said ritual and put it away with all implements in one place.

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    I love the ritual and hardware and a tray gives me a place to perform said ritual and put it away with all implements in one place.

    Tis why I like my ceramic cowboy hat (70's chip and dip tray) with the cork knocker glued in.

    Can carry that baby around and it's got plenty of room for the various accoutrement. And room to dry and rub out flakes and such.

    Edit: Thanks, Goodwill!

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    We just had some visitors from Italy and I missed out. The guy before me snagged a pretty picture on a piece of leather. He asked me what it was. It's one of the ones with snaps on the corners to pop it up into a tray. No one knew what it was and I had to tell them, and then explain why I knew that. And still he decided to keep it rather than give me the sweet pop up tobacco tray. So it goes.

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    Didi- This one?

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    I have an olive wood plate I bought in Italy. But that can't compete with Kiel's flake plate, really beautiful !

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    I bought a small square plate from Target for under $2. For on the go I just folded up a piece of paper to use in a pinch.

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    I use a plate that I turned from a ceader fence slat to dry and rub out my Flakes. I can also put it in my pipe bag when I go out. Actually I have 3 of these. While turning them each is a bit different.

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    Do a search for leather valet or serving trays. You should be able to find something that fit the bill.

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    You'd be surprised what you can find at the Goodwill. Ours is full of old/antique serving trays, platters, plates, etc.
    +1

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    I also know someone who works at a high school and he hooks me up with small bowls that kids make and do not want to take home. I have found that a small clay bowl that has not been glazed works really well for drying tobacco. My theory is that the clay is able to absorb moisture like a paper towel would.

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    I use a small wooden plates for the office and shop. For travel and something small, why not use the lid of flake tin such as vanilla flake? It's small, and has a lip, I've used lids lots of times when packing a pipe, it's probably the most common thing I use outside a plate.

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    Here is a link to a leather tobacco valet tray that I make. It's soft enough to bend and pour tobacco in to your pipe.
    Basically I use it for rubbing out tobacco or letting it dry.
    It's normally available in various sizes, but they have been selling out.
    https://www.northwestgentlemen.com/listing/499672148/leather-tobacco-tray-valet-tray-small

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    Jpmcwjr. That's the one I tried to post. You are like magic! Haha

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    -I just use a dinner plate.

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    Intrepidpiper:

    That's some beautiful craftsmanship.

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    I like the paper hotdog trays you get at the gas station. I keep a stack of around 8-10 of them in my car!

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    I use the lid of the tin, or the flap of the pouch. I don't see the need for additional apparatus. Maybe I ought to give it a try, even if it's just the lid off a tupperware box.

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    Could go with a plastic weigh boat, cheap and disposable...

    https://www.amazon.com/SEOH-Plastic-Square-Weigh-Boats/dp/B001AEBQW6

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    link

    Thinking about getting this one. You can even get it engraved.

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    I use a terra cotta planter saucer. Works great for drying tobacco too.

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    My pipe tray....

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    There's a lot of kitchen stuff made of silicone like roll up baking trays, trivets, and drink coasters.
    Although not as classy as leather; silicone would be easy to clean and can never catch on fire so might make a good pipe resting spot when outdoors.
    I found this spoon rest which looks nice for $1.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mat-Kitchen-Tools-Silicone-Mat-Insulation-Placemat-Heat-Resistant-Put-A-Spoon-/272298734305?hash=item3f6644f2e1:g:pz4AAOSwbYZXfUpU

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