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L'Anatra Olive Wood

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  1. anthonyrosenthal74

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    Ok this one is a first of many for me. It is my first L'Anatra, my first olive wood pipe, my first time ordering from Al Pascia, and my first time ordering from a shop outside the United States. I've been considering an L'Anatra for some time because they put out some great looking pipes. And I've seen some great looking olive wood pipes, and just haven't had the opportunity to snag one yet. So when this one showed up on Al Pascia some time ago, a beatiful L'Anatra and an olive wood at that, I fell in love with it. I was just hoping nobody else bought it before I had some extra money come in.

    I've never ordered from a pipe retailer outside the U.S. but my concerns were calmed by some of members here. Thanks, all And so I went through with my purchase. I've visited the site often, as they receive some wonderful pipes, and their photos are top notch. And I love watching the videos they provide of each pipe, something I wish more retailers would consider.

    Well to keep from rambling on and on, here's the pipe I purchased. It's certainly one of the nicest olive wood pipes I've seen.

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    To save space, here's a link to the pipe with more photos and the specs. And for a real treat, scroll down to watch the video. http://www.alpascia.com/pipes/d/LAnatra-285-i35726.html

    Now the waiting game begins

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    Nice grain, congrats.

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    Wow, Anthony! That's a Sweetie.

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    Nice pipe Anthony! Worth the wait!

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    Nice! Very nice. Is there a pimento cased blend you could stuff it with?

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    The Al Pascia videos should win first place at the next porno awards.

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    The Al Pascia videos should win first place at the next porno awards.
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    Thanks all. I'm really looking forward to this one.

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    Anthony, that is one gorgeous pipe. Love everything about it. I bought one of their reverse-Calabash pipes. It's a great little pipe. Let us know how it smokes after you get it. If I remember correctly I received mine no longer than about three days after they shipped it.

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    Great looker, Anthony, and the video prompts good thoughts, though a temptation. Every pipe I noticed was way bigger than my current habits support, not to mention my jaw.

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    Very,VERY nice pipe Brother!...

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    Very nice pipe. I just can't get past the duck on the stem, but that's why Baskin-Robbins sells more than vanilla. Enjoy that great looking chunk of olive wood.

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    Beautiful pipe, Anthony. The grain looks almost like marble-- fantastic! I've never smoked an olive wood pipe so a report back contrasting olive wood and briar when you have some smokes on it would be interesting.

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    Beautiful pipe! I really love the smell of olive wood. I am not trying to tell you how to smoke your pipe, but latakias go great with them. I also suggest doing some research on how to break in an olive wood pipe. I have made and smoked a few. One of them (which was recently abandoned) started showing micro cracks on the bowl, and the other one is still going strong. Since I made made them myself, I didn't really treat them "properl,y" often times neglecting them in all ways. The only reason I am brining this up is because it would be a shame to see such a beautiful end up like mine did.

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    That is a really neat looking pipe. Congrats!

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    Wow! That is a beautiful pipe! Congrats. Al P is great to do business with.

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    Very nice pipe. I just can't get past the duck on the stem,
    That's one of the things I like about L'Anatra pipes. The silver duck accent/hood ornament/whatever you want to call it is something a little different than just a flat logo or dot, other makers put on their stems. It adds a bit of character. You can find some of their pipes with a flat duck logo on the stems though. Still this is my first one to own, so I hope I like the duck in person haha.

    I wasn't expecting so many replies on this when I got home. Thanks everyone I'll definitely let ya'll know how it smokes, and if I notice any difference compared to briar.

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    Beautiful pipe Anthony! I love the shape and the grain on it. As for the duck hood ornament, as long as it doesn't look like Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, or even worse, Dirty Duck (National Lampoon), you should be ok.

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    Love that one Anthony. Have never tried an olive wood, but have heard too things.

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    This is my first, Duane. I'll be sure to let you know how it smokes.

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    That's a very beautiful pipe Anthony. I never paid attention to Olive Wood pipes before, but that just changed! I've ordered from Al Pascia on a Sunday and had the pipe here in Denver on Tuesday.

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    In the Al'Pascia Shipping thread, I mentioned that the pipe shipped Monday, and it arrived this morning at 9:45... I kid you not! Wicked fast shipping from Italy to Texas. I think they win the International Pipe Shipping Championship Of The World. It's not really a thing, but it should be a thing.

    Anyway, I just finished the first smoke with a bowl of Kramer's BFCG (Blend for Cary Grant) and it performed quite well. I did have a few relights, but I can live with that, especially with a brand new pipe. And I did baby it a bit more than normal with my briars. I believe I recall hearing about olivewoods sometimes getting a bit hot, but this one never went beyond a comfortable warm. Granted, the bowl is very thick, and I'm sure that contributed to that in no small part. First half of the bowl, the latakia present in the blend seemed more pronounced than in my Sav 320 or William Anderson Egg that I've been smoking the blend out of mainly. It also seems there was an underlying sweetness... perhaps the olivewood? About mid-bowl the sweetness of the blend came through in a big way as the latakia faded a bit more into the background. The end of the bowl, the ash was a bit darker than in the other pipes, and there was a bit of dottle, a little on the wet side, explaining the darker ash I believe. So on it's first go, it smoked a bit wet compared to the briars, but not so much as to cause gurgle or stem soup (yuck). I'm quite pleased, actually, and I feel like it's only going to improve as it gets smoked more often.

    Other notes: It's a bit heavy, as there is a lot of wood especially in the bowl, so clenching is out of the question.... not that I clench often anyway. The size and shape of the bowl lends to a wonderfully comfortable feel in hand, it's a joy to look at it... beautiful shape and grain, and the silver duck on the stem (called the goose by L'Anatra, although L'Anatra means "the duck") is quite fun.

    I'll rest it tomorrow and have another smoke the following day if time allows. Quite pleased

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    I missed this the first time 'round........... What A Pipe!........
    I love the shape, never owned an olive wood before, but that one's got me envious!!........ enjoy!.....

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    Posted 2 years ago #

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