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Ryan Alen - 2 New Grabs. A Billiard and a Squat Blow-Mato? Pic Heavy

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  • Started 2 years ago by ashdigger
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  1. ashdigger

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    I met Ryan for the first time last night a the Las Vegas Pipe Show. He's a super cool guy and easy to talk to. I had purchased the Billiard prior to him leaving Texas so the meet was two-fold. Pick up the pipe and meet the carver. While we were talking I asked him about the possibility of buying another one, and since he had brought a few more to the show, he obliged. So he opened his bag and showed me this pipe but in a darker stain. I loved the pipe but not the stain, so he showed me the same pipe but with a lighter stain. It was love at first site, which was weird because I'm not a fan of most non-traditional shapes, but seeing this first-hand. I summoned the power of the wallet.

    The Billiard is 48 grams and is 5 1/4 inches. Perfection!! It'll get it smoked sometime today.

    The Squat Tomato (Blow-Mato??) weighs 41 grams and is 4 1/4 inches long.

    I've only ran one bowl through it but the styling/shaping - the finish and the stem work caused me to commission two more (or was it the Jameson?) Either way they fit into my Devil Anse (Devil Blow-Mato or Devil Fish?) sized pipes that I love to clench and smoke while working in my office or driving.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Beautiful.....

    Jason
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Gorgeous! Great pictures.

    "Following the path of least resistance is what makes the river crooked."
    U. Utah Phillips
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Wow! Those are gorgeous! I've never really cared for the look of tomatoes but there's something about that one I really like. It's looks like a nice clincher for sure. Congrats and enjoy!

    Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life long attempt to acquire it.
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    Posted 2 years ago #
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    You will treasure those pipes and comeing from a good man. Just Beautiful.

    The Old Cajun
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I'm a believer!

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    Well done!! Ryan is a top notch carver and fellow. I'll order a new one from him after I get home. I am now more in the lighter versions of his work. (Weight, not stain.)

    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.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  8. agnosticpipe

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    Both are really nice pipes! I like traditional shapes more too, but that squashed tomato is a wonderful shape. Congrats!

    The pipe smoker formerly know as agnostic pipe
    "Fried food, hard liquor, and tobacco, that's the holy trinity!"- Stacy Keach
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Amazing. The guy is a true master.

    Javan
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Very fine choices. I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Those are really cool. That's a great take on the tomato.

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    Great looking pipes. On top of that, Ryan is just a nice guy to boot.

    Dave "Black Frigate Stowaway"
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Great looking pipes! Here's to years of enjoyment from both of those pipes!

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I have 2 and the engineering is perfect. You can't go wrong with an Alden.

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    Jeff, this makes a seven day set, if I had kept the other three that I gifted away.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    I have 3 spots open on my pipe racks. I want a BST and a Talbert cutty.....and one more Alden.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Jefff, my oldest Alden is closing in on 3 yrs old and I was smoking it when Ryan walked up. He examined it and proceeded to explain the little details that make his new pipes so much better. That's what I love about people who understand hard work.....always striving to be better.

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    He has made me 2 pipes. In both instances he has contacted me telling me he had problems with various pieces of briar. On the first pipe he went through 5 blocks. That level of picky is very rare. I know I don't have it..:). But it makes buying a pipe from him a no brainer.

    And the latest, a "Bent Egg Cutty" as I like to think of it, is beyond what I imagined. And it smokes like a ........ pick your adjective.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  19. badger

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    Lovely pipes, congrats!

    Posted 2 years ago #
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    Really nice, Tim ... congrats!

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    Stunning pipes!

    "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way" - Mark Twain

    KG5QDZ
    Posted 2 years ago #
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    SWEEEEET!! That Blow-ma-toe is the bomb..... enjoy those!...........

    "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream..."
    Willy Wonka
    Posted 2 years ago #
  23. scrooge

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    Not Bad, Not Bad At All!

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    Lovely pipes, the blast is awesome.

    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.
    Posted 2 years ago #
  25. metalheadycigarguy

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    Those are some nice looking pipes. Enjoy!

    Posted 2 years ago #

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