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  1. ebnash

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    Hello all,
    I've been pipe smoking for a couple years now, but not an everyday for me. Maybe only a couple times month mixed with cigars. I'm primarily over at Puff, but find myself coming here to pipes magazine quite frequently when seraching for information on pipes or tobacco. Thought it was time to officially join and introduce myself. I know there are quite a few crossover members from Puff.

    I primarily smoke Burley Flake and OTC's, as well as a few Straight Virginia Flakes. I've found that I'm not compatible with Latakia. This is not a surprise to me as I do not enjoy smoked meats or sharp smoky smells, at all. I've found that the only tobacco that I enjoy with Lat. is EGR, but I think it's barely present there.

    Thanks for having me
    Erik

    Hunt Hard, Kill Swiftly, Waste Nothing, Offer No Apologies...
    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. fusion

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    Welcome Erik, they will let anyone in here

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  3. alaskanpiper

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    Welcome to the forums. I am a cigar guy as well. Started smoking pipes to save some time and money. The rest is history

    "We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us." ---Hank

    "Yeah, well, you know that's just like, uh, your opinion, man..." --- The Dude
    Posted 2 months ago #
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    Welcome to the site. Here a few blends that are readily available, that you might want to try.
    Capstan Blue or Gold Flakes
    Mac Baren Old Dark Fired
    Escudo
    Savinelli Doblone d'Oro

    Harris
    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. ebnash

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    Fantastic Harris, thanks for the suggestions. I have not tried any of those you listed. Below is what Im keeping in my cellar right now. I just paired down and pulled 16 jars to gift to others since I don't smoke them anymore....

    Solani Aged Burley Flake
    HH Burley Flake
    Sir Walter Raleigh Orignal
    Carter Hall - I wil lnot replace when I finish the pouch.
    Dunhill Flake
    Edward G Robinson
    Ratrays Marlin Flake
    Mission Pipe Tioga - Local B&M Virginia Pressed Flake
    Hiland's Pete's Moss (An aromatic that I no longer smoke, but I love the way it smells in the jar)

    Currently on order to try:
    Orlik Golden Sliced
    GL Pease Union Square
    5 Brothers Burley

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. ebnash

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    Welcome Erik, they will let anyone in here

    Howdy Colin

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    Welcome from FL.

    Duane
    (Not Embers)
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Pierre
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    Howdy from upstate SC, Erik! Glad to have ya here!

    Bill

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    Cornell & Diehl do beautiful things with burley in a wide range of blends. Explore their offerings at online retailers (Forums sponsors!). The Bay Area is so nice; I admire those who can figure out how to afford it. I've visited there four or five times, first off a minesweeper (MSO 489) as a ship for public tours on Armed Forces Day in about 1970.

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    I admire those who can figure out how to afford it. I've visited there four or five times, first off a minesweeper (MSO 489) as a ship for public tours on Armed Forces Day in about 1970.

    Well, there is someting to be said for being born here, so you're forced to figure it out or leave. Both my wife and I grew up here and decided long ago that we wanted to stay for as long as possible. We know that if we ever move away, we'll likely not be able to afford to return unless we can figure out how to keep the house.

    I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains 10 on the valley side at around 1000ft in the redwoods. It is so peaceful to escape the city every night and be in the mountains. It's also a bit more affordable to buy a home where we are, but still only 10 min down the mountain to the south edge of the Silicon Valley.

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    Thanks all, for the welcome!

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    Central Coast here, formerly SF, Sausalito, and Piedmont. You?

    Welcome!

    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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    Welcome Erik!
    Great to ‘see’ you over here!

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    Welcome from Colorado high country

    “The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began.
    Now far ahead the Road has gone, I must follow if I can
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    Central Coast here, formerly SF, Sausalito, and Piedmont. You?

    Welcome!

    I live in Los Gatos, just above Lexington Reservoir off Hwy 17 which is the corridor to beach (Santa Cruz) About 15-20min to the beach.

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    Nice area. When I lived in Campbell I fished Lexington a lot. We almost bought a house on the other side of Highway 17. It was not meant to be and we ended up in the burbs in south San Jose. I also grew up in the area.

    Think slow, act fast.
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    Welcome on board and please do visit Telfords' pipe shop in Mill Valley, Marin Co. It is filled with classic pipes and tobaccos, and parts of it are like a museum of pipe smoking.

    The Golden Gate Pipe Club meets there as well.

    Mason,Vice President
    Golden Gate Pipe Club
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    Telford's is great, but there are closer pipe shops, good ones. Piedmont Tobacconist in Oakland, Carmel Pipe shop, Humidor in Monterey— but now I am wondering, is there not a good pipe shop in San Jose?

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    Smokers paradise in San Jose is no longer unfortunately. There is Mission pipes close to downtown but it’s more of a cigar place. There is Edwards in Los Altos. I believe that Edwards was owned by the same person who owned smokers paradise?

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    Welcome from Orange County!

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    Welcome to the forums!

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    Welcome on board and please do visit Telfords' pipe shop in Mill Valley, Marin Co. It is filled with classic pipes and tobaccos, and parts of it are like a museum of pipe smoking.

    The Golden Gate Pipe Club meets there as well.

    Smokers paradise in San Jose is no longer unfortunately. There is Mission pipes close to downtown but it’s more of a cigar place. There is Edwards in Los Altos. I believe that Edwards was owned by the same person who owned smokers paradise?

    Telfords is an amazing shop. I have friends who live in Novato, so I stopped there on the way home once. I probably walked around in there for 2 hours, then I bought my 1st tin of Dunhill Flake which ruined me, since it’s gone now :-). Such a joy sit in one of the rocking chairs on the porch and smoke a pipe. It’s intereting that you mentioned the Golden Gate Pipe Club because I cant find any information on this club that isn’t several years old. No online presence???

    Mission Pipe Shop is ok. One of the employees there is very helpful, but the clientele and overall feel of the shop is not for me.

    Edwards in Los Altos is another great shop that I’ve visited once and had a very good experience. It’s where I purchased my 1st briar and my 1st tin of Royal Yacht. Royal Yacht is another one of my favorites and I have many tins.

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    welcome from Latvia

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    Yo eb

    Telford's is well worth crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for. Info on the Golden Gate Pipe Club is on the Telford's home page http://www.telfordspipeandcigar.com/ - 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00. Owners Susan and Brian are great hosts and the club members will make sure you have a great time.

    hp
    les

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    Yo eb

    Telford's is well worth crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for. Info on the Golden Gate Pipe Club is on the Telford's home page http://www.telfordspipeandcigar.com/ - 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00. Owners Susan and Brian are great hosts and the club members will make sure you have a great time.

    hp
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    Thanks Les. I’ll definitely make a point of making it for one of these gatherings. What exactly is going on during this time?

    Erik

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