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Show Off Your Ferndown (or Les Woods) Pipes

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  1. ssjones

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    I don't think we have a show off thread dedicated to Ferndown pipes, so I'll kick it off. I have two on my rack:

    3 Star Bark, my first Ferndown. This one is reserved for Sunday morning smokes.

    2 Star Tudor Root Silver Spigot

    Al

    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. smokeybear

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    Ive been trying to get one of these pipes for ages. always get outbid lol. Very nice Al


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    But The Clam After, Is What You Must Master, In Order For Life To Last.
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    Mine one and only is a Ferndown Bark Billiard with Silver Band

    Excellent pipe - great smoker.

    "Be seeing you"


    Posted 6 years ago #
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    NOS from Ezera, love it.

    The Old Cajun
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    My two best Pokers, Castello Great Line on left and Ferndown Smooth on right.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Beautiful pipes, gentlemen. How are the airways on Ferndown pipes? I've heard they are drilled somewhat less open than Ashtons, for example.

    BTW, that's one snazzy poker, Bradley.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I like that billiard Number6

    Jerod
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Pitchfork: I find the draft hole and draw on my Ferndowns to be quite similar to my Upshalls. That bent Dublin passes a thin pipe cleaner but not a thick one. I don't like too wide an open draw (ie Castello) and learned not to pack them too tightly. I really like the way both of mine smoke and would love to add another. Perhaps it is because this brand uses oil-cured briar? Ferndowns are always quite large, again like Upshall in that respect (the Stars denote the size of the bowl, 3 star the largest)

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    @lostandfound: thanks - I like it a lot too.

    How are the airways on Ferndown pipes?

    I don't have an Ashton, so I cannot say other than that mine offers quite an open draw. And the stem work is first-rate.

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    Al, Six,

    Many thanks for the answers on airways and stemwork.

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    Here's my first but definitely not my last, a Twin Stem 1 Star Bark Cherrywood Spigot...

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    Wow, that silver spigot is amazing, I love those twin stem pipes.

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    Here's my Ferndown ** Bark, my 3p's pipe.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    My First. I posted about it here.

    Glenn
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Nice Glen, I like that Reo finish and the panels and Cumberland.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    My Ferndown Bark Canadian. One of my favorites!

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    Rectangular shank -- nice.

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    dixie that is a gorgeous Canadian love everything about it. it looks so sharp

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    Lovely pipes gentleman..and Yes, that Canadian is awesome Dixie.

    Jason
    Posted 5 years ago #
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    I have just one Ferndown so far, a *** Bark Dublin dedicated to St. James Flake. A big pipe, around group six. I use a closeup of the bowl of this one as my avatar here.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    Having spent the last twelve years in hiding, waiting for the right moment is this rather illegal (non-stamped) canadian:

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    DukDalf that one is nice also i really am liking these ferndown canadians

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    I have two Ferdowns and I think, hands down, they are the best of the English pipes and that includes my Dunhill.

    Posted 5 years ago #
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    I have a 3 Star Reo that is an amazing pipe. I'll have to snap a pic as I don't think I've ever taken a good one of it.

    When it comes to English pipes, I think Ferndowns are top of the line. Dunhills get all the glory but for the price, you can not beat a Ferndown. I hope to add a few more to the collection in the future.

    Mike
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    I could use some help identifying this Ferndown i picked up and also getting an idea of the date on it.

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    The only sure-fire way to date that Ferndown would be to contact them. Les may know thru the stamping on what era it was made. That nomenclature is unique and unlike current-day Ferndowns (or even Les Woods. I love that shape,size and stem, what a beauty.

    From Pipepedia:

    Due to diffuse world wide rights to certain names he sold his earlier pipes as "Ellwood", "Les Wood" or "L. Wood". The average of presently 1500 - 2000 pipes a year is sold as "Ferndown" - named for the mansion he lives in - in the UK and US, but as "L. Wood" pipes in Germany.

    The nomenclature on Bubbleheads pipe is none of the above.

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    Got mine, it feels great to have a British Pipe in my collection.

    Posted 4 years ago #
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    This Ferndown was my first "expensive" pipe. I think I paid $270.00 for it in the early 90's. It has always been a wonderful smoker. It usually stays in my safe, but I think I'll keep it out for a while now and enjoy it again. Glad this thread came up.

    Ferndown One Star Bark

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    Some nice additions, I love their silver-spigots.

    @maxpeters - wow, a 1 dot, that would be terrific. I never see them in that size these days.

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    Andrew, get a Ferndown from Smokingpipes.com they sometimes have a few in their estate pipes section.

    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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    Received my second Ferndown today, a 1 Star Bark Cumberland Bulldog...

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    Wow, 1 Star - what is the weight of that Cumberland beauty?

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    Nice bulldog astrange - I really love the silver work on Ferndowns

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    I like his panelled pipes with differing blasted and smooth panels:

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    Wow, 1 Star - what is the weight of that Cumberland beauty?

    It's weighs in at 41.6 grams.

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    Nice pipes guys. I love Ferndowns rustication. It so craggy. I don't have one yet, but I will. Rustic/cumberland stem.

    Make aromatics great again.
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    2* Ferndown Bark Bent Bulldog all of which you know BUT I love my new pipe!Sorry I don't have better quality photos but the Nikon is back home 8000 miles away

    "I am a firm believer in the idea that who we are today is strongly influenced by the sum total of all of the individuals whom we have had the privilege of knowing."
    -huntertrw
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    Dang, that's a beauty!

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    I hope that's the only 2 Star you see today!

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    My 3* reo

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    @ssjones,very clever although I like seeing those high ranking guys. Getting a chance tp speak with American military movers and shakers is pretty cool.

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    @pipebaum81: Earlier this year, while working near Ft. Belvoir, I met a Three Star General (Milley?). He had all three Special Forces tabs (my brother was a Ranger and told me the title, I forgot). As the of a SGM, I met plenty of Colonels and a few One Stars as a kid, but I had never met a 3 Star to that point. He was pretty personable, but looked like he could chew my head off and spit out the teeth.....

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  43. tarheel1

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    @ssjones. There is only one Special Forces tab. There are 4 tabs authorized for wear and awarded. Airborne tab is worn only @ith airborn units. Ranger tab is earned in ranger school. Sapper tab awardered aftr sapper course and Special Forces tab is awarded to graduates of the q course then assigned to a team. Those of us with sf and ranger are called triple canopy.

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    Triple Canopy, that was the term!

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    When my son got his Airborne wings, wife and I went To Fort Benning for the Graduation. While getting ready for the assembly I started talking French to a Foreign Legion officer, we were just talking away I was wavering my hands like Cajuns do and extreme quiet Came upon us. We looked around and they were holding up the ceromony for us. Later on My son told me he jumped with him in the training and that he was the Commander of The French Foreign Legion and wanted the American wings. Months later while watching a documentry on The French Foreign Leigon there was my little Commanding officer with the big nose talking about the History of the Leigon. Small world.

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    3*

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    Some things just go together.

    Killing me won't bring back your apples.
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    . Poker on the right is a Les Woods, beautiful silver work plus a fine smoker.

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    I'm surprised that the Frenchman recognized his own language. I hear that Quebcois and Cajun are bastardizations.
    I heard a story about a Perique farmer/seller this week who smoked it in cigarettes.
    All Y'all Cajuns are some good ole boys, with y'er crab boils, gator tail, crayfish and Old Bay Seasoning.

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  50. ssjones

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    Cajuns don't use Old Bay seasoning. That is a Maryland area product, originally made by Wye River products, then bought out by McCormick (also a MD company). Everyone in the NOLA area seems to use Zatarans. My in laws had never heard of Old Bay. Guess what everyone got for Christmas? Now, back to the Ferndowns...

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    Cajuns speak a pure French from the Soldiers who came to New Orleans during the Nepolean Era. Our French has not been Bastarized as the real French has, especially Parisian French. The Commander and I understood each other very well. Little known fact in WWII, they sent in Canadians to fight with the French Resistance and were quickly found out as their speech was not at all what the locals spoke. Then they tried the Cajuns , worked extremely well and as the Code talkers were finally given their due the Cajuns never were. I am good friends with a Mr Leblanc who was parachuted behind lines for just that, he is in his 90s now and extremely alert. Old Bay is Crap, tried it and I had to drink a 6 pack to get the taste out my mouth. Lately they've been buying our crabs and selling them for Chesapeake crabs, shame,shame,shame. You've never had good boiled Crabs till a Cajun does you a boil. Make you lick yoa lips Cher!PS Worked at Exxon with Jake Martin from St James Parish, his father was a perque farmer, the boys, lots of them made little cigars and smoked them behind the Barn.

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    Macarel de sort !

    ....back to the Ferndowns so, the pipe in my picture is my first Ferndown (Christmas gift),and a wonderful smoke, the oil treatment really does enhance the smoking experience for my taste buds at least. In fact I like it so much I am going to buy another, the pennies are already being put away.

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    I think Ferndowns are a great value, especially when obtained from Maxim @pipes2smoke. My only reservation is the size and weight; they tend to be large pipes, and as I am a clencher, that is of prime importance to me. Over the holidays, Christmas mad-money in hand, I bought a 3* REO Canadian with silver and two-tone spiral bowl, mostly smooth but with 3 of the spirals rusticated. $245.00, for all of that, and I would say that the REO finish is one of my very favorites.

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    Today my new 3* Reo Cherrywood Spigot came in courtesy of Maxim at Pipes2smoke.com Let me just say this pipe is big. I have been told that 3*s are serious pipes. I am glad that I was ready for the size because when it came out of that box I would have been caught off guard. She is a beauty and will be dedicated to piping on Saturday nights. In a couple months when I get home I will be sure to photograph this pipe with something better than an iPhone. My apologies.






    love it....

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    Nice. If you have not smoked anything in it yet maybe hold out for a tin of Penzance from 1999.

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    That is a stunning pipe, pipebaum, enjoy!

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    @pipebaum81: that looks great, I love the dimensions. Good choice on the desert camo background, those pix look pretty good to me!

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    ssjones, its funny you mention the camo because in my current circumstance and living quarters my uniform is the best backdrop I can come up with. It’s really all I got. The other options are my bed who's disastrous mattress looks as wavy as the ocean or a make shift plywood table that looks like it baked in the Arabian sun for months on end before being repurposed. It's the second time I've used the camo (see above) and it has really grown on me. Upon returning home I may continue this tradition. All said, I truly love this pipe.

    j/B

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    Something for the weekend,

    just arrived.

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    I love those faceted bulldogs, that is a beauty! (Tudor Root?)

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    It certainly is a beauty ssjones,thank you! I believe it is indeed Tudor Root.

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    As above, I love Ferndowns. The classic shapes, dark tones (well, not Tudor Root) are always favored. But for me as I mostly clench, the weight can be a problem. There are far too many beautiful pipes in the thread, but the two that did it for me are the REO poker and facet Tudor Root bulldog. I browse about a half-dozen pipe sites regularly, but my pipe mania has been appeased by looking at all these gorgeous pieces.

    Time to go browse pipes2smoke to see if anything there persuades me to spend more money than I should. Seriously, I should stay off those sites and cigarbid unless I have money to spend, but I will take a look at Maxim's offerings nonetheless;).

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    I bought this Ferndown Bark recently. It's a wonderful pipe. But it has no stars stamped. By size, it should probably be a 3 star. Were earlier pipes perhaps not star stamped?

    Life is good. But it's better with a pipe.
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    Spent a lot of time chatting with Les today and thought I would bump this thread. This is the latest he made for me and hopefully will arrive from England this month.

    We are planning several pipes over the next year or so and I am really looking forward to them. Anyone else have any more of his pipes?

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    Love Ferndown pipes! I have only one currently, it was my first English pipe. It is a wee 1* and a pleasure to clench.

    Ferndown 1*.

    As a size comparison, Ferndown 1* next to my Layton XXL Bent Billiard.

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  67. pipebaum81

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    @tarheel1 that vent bulldog looks so similar to mine. Perhaps someday you and I can smoke them seated side-by-side

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    I would like that. Yours is a 2* and mi e is a 3* but would be great to enjoy a bowl and chat.

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  69. disinformatique

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    Can someone explain the Ferndown/Les Wood Pipe Grades to me?

    Chris

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    monk as I understand it the * number is bowl size. If there is more to it I look forward to learning about it here.

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