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My First (And Only) American Pipe [Pic Heavy]

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  1. npod

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    I have waited a long time to add an American carver to my collection. It has been a long and winding road for sure. I held out for something particular, something specific, something “American”. More importantly, the pipe needed to be a modern take on a classic shape. Preferably a Prince with silver band (stay tuned) to add to an existing collection and a future 7-day set of banded Pipes (Prince or Apple or Prince-ish). After a long journey, I am proud to find the one.

    Prince With Titanium Band And Blue Bakelite Stem By Nate King. My First (And Only) Pipe By An American Carver. This Beauty Exemplifies American Craftsmanship (To My Eye). The Titanium band is wonderfully novel and the rare baby blue Bakelite sets it all off and balances the stummel perfectly.

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    And the partially completed 7-Day set of silver banded (Prince-ish, Apple-ish) pipes.

    Classic British - Dunhill 1919-1921

    Classic Danish - Former

    Classic Italian - Castello

    Classic American - Nate King

    The journey continues, three more to go. Who’s next?

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    All very nice That blue Bakelite stem works, I wouldn't have thought so but it looks right.

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    I know this thread is about your new pipe, but I've gotta say I LOVE that first Dunhill. Truly a classic beauty of a pipe.

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    That is a very interesting and handsome pipe. I don't think I've ever had a bakelite stem before. Does it feel more like acrylic than vulcanite?

    It's also surprising (to me) to read it's your first American pipe. I notice that I admire your taste in pipes whenever you post pics. Most of my own pipes are German and Danish (which is greater depends on whether you consider Ingo Garbe a German or Danish pipe maker), but I still have a dozen or so American pipes. Some Americans are making such terrific pipes, I don't know how I could have resisted so long.

    Anyway, to the important part, I hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

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    That blue Bakelite stem works

    I agree. In fact that is what drew me to the pipe. The visual weight of the colored stem offsets the proportional weight of the banded stummel. Kinda hard to pull off IMHO but done well in this example.

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    I LOVE that first Dunhill.

    Me too. I love it so much that I decided to chase a 7-Day set of similar pipes. But the original Dunhill Prince will always be “King”.

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    It's a beauty. I love the stem. I gravitate towards pipes with colored stems...I know many don't like colored stems.

    Congrats and enjoy!

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    I don't know how I could have resisted so long.

    It has been difficult to resist. Lots of temptation.

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    Beautiful pipes!

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    OK... all of those are some beautiful pipes. That Dunhill is gorgeous! Nice collection.

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    I like the bowl shape and grain. What is the diameter & depth of the chamber?

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    Looks awesome. Definitely a modern take on things. Leave it to us yanks to throw tradition out the window

    Did you commission it or did you stumble upon the exact pipe that met all your qualifications?

    The whole collection is coming along nicely. I'll be interested to see how it progresses.

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    This one caught my eye on Instagram. Like love, it found me when I wasn’t looking

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    Terrific shade of blue and Ive found that I really enjoy the texture of bakelite.
    That grain aint bad either.

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    That's really distinctive. Best of all, I like that great big bowl!

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    Stunning! Such perfect straight grain. Fred Hanna would approve, I’m sure. Congratulations, Neal. Instagram is a slippery slope.

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    Instagram is a slippery slope.

    Indeed but Nate King is a stand up carver. I'd wouldnt hesitate ordering from him through an instagram post.

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    Thats a great shape!!

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    Fantasic grain! Wow! That is a lovely piece for sure.

    The journey continues, three more to go. Who’s next?

    You may need to add... Classic Irish

    It is indeed lovely. Enjoy the heck out of it!

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    Nate King is a heck of a carver (I own three or four) but the blue stem is very off-putting to me.

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    Very nice addition to your family, Neal. Where to go next? Might I suggest Scottie Piersel?

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    Great shape and better grain. I hope it smokes great for you, congrats.

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    Might I suggest Scottie Piersel?

    I have been close (very close) to pulling the trigger on a Scottie Piersel pipe. She will probably be one of my next purchases.

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    KCGhost, that's why I just said "that's a great shape".

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    The grain is superb. That's about the only thing I like. The blue stem is too garish. I know blue complements orange, but a different shade woulda been more pleasing to MY eye. I think it's more of an apple shape: too beefy and massive to be a prince.

    Anyway, it's YOUR pipe. If you love it, enjoy it!

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    fantastic pipe.

    Jason
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    Very nice collection shaping up there.

    It may sound odd, but I really like the stamping on that pipe.

    You may need to add... Classic Irish

    Stop it!

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    Stop it!

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    It may sound odd, but I really like the stamping on that pipe.

    I got a picture of that too, Jay. I grabbed the macro lens to hone in on the stamping.

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    In most other matters I am liberal, but in pipes conservative. I like straight billiards, dublins, brandies and apples with a black or Cumberland stem. So the blue doesn't do it for me. But I think I could warm up to it did I get to look at it enough. Still, a gorgeous piece.

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    Gorgeous pipe!

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    I have been close (very close) to pulling the trigger on a Scottie Piersel pipe. She will probably be one of my next purchases.

    I own 6 of her pipes and have commissioned two. Scottie's a very fine carver and a real joy to work with. She makes a great smoking pipe.

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    You've got a gorgeous collection going! And this most recent addition certainly stands out with its clean, modern styling. I actually rather like the blue stem, but blue IS my favorite color after all

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    Nate chose a great stem color. Actually a rather organic shade, reminiscent of fine Sleeping Beauty turquoise.

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    To clarify my comment about Instagram being a slippery slope, I did not mean that it is dodgy nor (God forbid) that Nate King isn't a top-notch carver. No, what I meant is that Instagram is the new frontier of direct sales by artisans. It feeds PAD.

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    I knew exactly what you meant, Craig. I just started doing Instagram a few weeks ago and oh my what a dream land of pipe porn and direct to consumer options. There is great stuff out there.

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    @rmpeeps, is that your buckle? I lived in Arizona for a few years and that picture brings back memories. And that is also why I chose to photograph the pipe next to a color checker card in order to show the correct shade of blue in the stem. It really is unique apparently from a rare old stock of bakelite.

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    ^^
    Yes Sir. Crafted from the idea of sandblasted brair.

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    so cool

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    The direct to consumer option provided by Instagram and Facebook can be good for the artisans. As a consumer, the immediacy changes the buying experience dramatically. I have seen many instances of pipes being sold in the larval stage -- sometimes as early as before the mouthpiece has been made. Others before the pipe has received final finishing. Buckle up, pipers, it's a new and fast-moving world.

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  42. peckinpahhombre

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    Awesome pipes. Nate makes great pipes - I have a few. I have to say though, I really like that Castello.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  43. disinformatique

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    May I recommend

    Micheal Parks and Chris Asteriou

    Cheers,
    Chris

    Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs.” One of the reasons behind this statement is that pipe smoking is meant to be a slow leisurely activity. It takes patience to smoke a pipe. Unlike cigarettes and cigars, there is a certain amount of technique to smoking a pipe. Where cigars and cigarettes can just be picked up, lit and puffed on, pipes require the development of a technique in order to get the best smoking experience.
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