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  1. bassbug

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    Here's a hypothetical...

    Would you smoke a pipe that was absolutely butt ugly (to you) if it was a great smoker?

    I don't care who you are, you're not walking on the water while I'm fishing
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  2. olkofri

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    No.

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    Not the upland clover bloom...
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    I guess I could always put a bag over it.... wait, what?

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    Visual appeal of a pipe is part of what makes it appetizing. It's a little like presentation with cooking. Until a meal is attractively presented (and it can be simple, doesn't have to be fancy) it really doesn't give the full enjoyment of the meal. On the other hand, great smoking makes a so-so pipe look much more attractive.

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    Only if it meant something to the person who gifted it to me, and only in her or his presence. OR! Unless it was the only pipe I had and I was deep in the woods or summat like that.

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  6. rmpeeps

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    Butt ugly....no, I really don’t have to.
    I like a good balance of aesthetics and performance.
    Along with that comes an also nice range of affordable pipes.
    My least expensive pipe, $12 for my first pipe, is still not butt ugly.

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    If it filled a niche in my smoking, I would.

    My wife was shopping for sleepwear online yesterday. When she asked me which garment I preferred, I advised her that any of them would suffice for lying nest to her with my eyes closed.

    I did, however, get the feeling afterward that was not the correct answer...

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    I would smoke a pipe that other people might find ugly but not one that I find ugly. For example I have an old pipe with scratches and dents and it is just all beat to hell. Since I typically smoke alone in the woods (well alone with the dogs that is) it really doesn't matter and I still admire the pipe. Some of the strange freehands I find very ugly and sort of ridiculous. I wouldn't want to smoke them regardless of how well they smoke.

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  9. tavol

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    IMO falcons are about the ugliest of pipes. Having said that I own several stems and even more bowls because they're FANTASTIC smokers and incredibly practical if you're out and about.

    Corn cob pipes get loads of love on this forum but surely I'm not the only one that thinks they're butt ugly? A cheap plastic steam stuck on rough pipe bowl that looks like it came from left overs at a barbecue doesn't make for a good looking pipe.

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    There aren’t a lot of shapes I would actually object to, I’d be pretty happy smoking even the ugliest art-deco Werner Mummert pipe if it was a good pipe... However if a pipe were actually carved into something obscene I would refuse to smoke it.

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    No, I have lots of great smoking pipes, I have no need to smoke a pipe I find hideous. Now then, I would definitely smoke a pipe that others found hideous if I found it else wise.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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    I smoke a few ugly looking corn cobs and I enjoy them immensely. Exterior cracks, swells, bulges, dark rims, chewed up gummy stems and darkening all still provide me with the essential chamber and draw, and cool, satisfying smokes.

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    Corn cob pipes get loads of love on this forum but surely I'm not the only one that thinks they're butt ugly?

    I would take them over anything with a white dot, and use the white dot ones for yard work so I don't damage the cobs.

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  14. tavol

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    I would take them over anything with a white dot, and use the white dot ones for yard work so I don't damage the cobs.

    Do you prefer the aesthetics of cobs over all briar pipes or is it just Dunhill pipes?

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    Just Dunhills, but I do love the unfinished cobs.

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    Just Dunhills, but I do love the unfinished cobs.

    See I don't get unfinished cobs, the remind me of freehand pipes in that they look like the pipe maker just invented a new style so he could go home early. Still what do I know about pipe aesthetics, I buy Falcons on purpose

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  17. chasingembers

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    I just like them for the tactile experience same reason for my love of sandblasts over smooth finishes. Plus, they seem to radiate heat better. On the freehand issue, a good one is when the carver uses the grain to shape the pipe instead of just shaping the pipe the way they want. As for the falcons, one with a white stem and Meerschaum bowl will eventually find it's way into my collection.

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    I will parrot what some others have said, that a good looking pipe (which is highly personal and subjective), is an important part of the ritual for me. I like holding it in my hand, and watching the smoke curl from it.

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    Since all pipes smoke more alike than differently, an outwardly ugly pipe suffers only because of its ugliness. Unless attached to the pipe for other reasons, I would smoke other pipes to avoid the affront to my eyes.

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    Visual appeal of a pipe is part of what makes it appetizing.

    I agree with this. I would not enjoy an ugly pipe.

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    Button comfort
    Bowl Size
    Feel in the hand
    Weight
    Visual appeal including shape and grain
    would be my order of priority.

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    The look and feel of a pipe are a big part of the enjoyment. No-can-do with a ugly pipe..or a messy-crusty-never cleaned-abused one.

    I treat people the way they treat me. It's that simple.
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    I have a few old unfinished MM cobs that look a lot worse for wear, but are still very good smokers.
    I tend to use these when I’m not likely to be disturbed.
    My other cobs, new and old, make frequent public appearances.

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  24. cortezattic

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    ^^^^^Ditto mikethompson

    a good looking pipe (which is highly personal and subjective), is an important part of the ritual for me.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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  25. scloyd

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    I am currently making a briar pipe with a DIY kit that I purchased from P&C. It's my first attempt and I'm sure it will be butt ugly...I'll still smoke.

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    Probably if I was drinking a lot, but I'd regret it in the morning.

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    I am currently making a briar pipe with a DIY kit that I purchased from P&C. It's my first attempt and I'm sure it will be butt ugly...I'll still smoke.

    So, photos!! Please! Works in process are always of interest.

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  28. cosmicfolklore

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    I could not enjoy an ugly pipe anymore than sleeping with an ugly woman... well... I might, but there’s hell to pay when your friends see ya doin’ it, ha ha.

    Michael
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    No! How would I discover it was a great smoker if it never made it off the display into my hand?

    A man without a shillelagh is a man without an expedient.
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    Beat up is way different than plug ugly. And inexpensive isn't per se visually unappealing. Some of it is in the eye of the beholder. Old design American (U.S.) factory pipes look to me like 1950's cars, pretty great. If your eye is attuned to fine artisan pipes only, they may be homely, but if you like retro industrial design, there's a lot there to love. Aggressively quirky current design is sometimes ugly to me, but I acknowledge that to someone else it might be pleasingly original. But a battered pipe is usually a lovely thing, lots of pleasant hours invested in its wear. Like some older people are attractive precisely because of their wear and tear.

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    I'd rather smoke an ugly pipe that smokes great than a beautiful pipe that smokes poorly. Same analogy with women. One that can suck a golf ball through a 10' garden hose has a beauty all her own.

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    I was wandering how long that would take.

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    I wondered, too.

    "If you want to be happy for the rest of your life,
    Find an ugly girl to be your wife...."

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    @jpmcwjr Photos of the kit right out of the box and where I'm at now. I've never done this before. I'll accept any criticism or helpful tips. I'll smoke it no matter how it turns out...at least a couple of times.

    Sorry, I don't know how to enlarge the photos. I'll read the forums to figure it out.

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    Definitely not. There are way too many good smoking pipes that are also well designed and aesthetically pleasing. No need to settle.

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    It's done by removing the size delimiter and dash at the end of the photo's URL. (-109x150)

    Dang! I had one such decades ago but some one tossed it "for" me....

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    @jp Thanks for the photo tip. A post a photo when I'm finished.

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    If it were a peculiarly attractive butt-ugly, I might. If it were dog-ugly, worse than 20 miles of bad road, probably not.

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    I think "boring" is worse than "ugly". But I would smoke anything once.

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    No.

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    I wouldn't buy one now, but I have several old ones that, while unattractive, still smoke great. But I wouldn't bring it out if there is anybody else around.

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    but I do love the unfinished cobs.

    "the weez"...
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    I actually prefer butt ugly pipes, they are most of the time perfect smokers !!

    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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    Now that I’m sober, I no longer wake up with a pipe that looks like Frankenstein’s daughter.

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    >>"Frankenstein’s daughter." -- Hey, sam, that was a fairly good movie. OK, OK, Jurassic Park it wasn't but....

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    An unfinished MM Missouri Pride cob with a Forever Stem is a thing of beauty IMO - both in looks & in function.

    Kinda like a pretty farm girl. Not only is she nice to look at and pleasant to be around, she can also stack a load of hay and drive a tractor with competence.

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    Yes, and I do have a butt ugly pipe, its a Castello.

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    >> do have a butt ugly pipe, its a Castello. -- Monk, I swear. If it ain't Duane always starting things, it's you. Or me. Or Bass, or Salt, or Jaytex, or....

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    I have a few pipes that I am not crazy about their looks but they are great smokers so I give them a pass. I pretty much stick to traditional shapes so butt ugly pipes are not a real concern.

    Harris
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