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SmokingPipes 2018 American Exposition

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  1. lordofthepiperings

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    Wow, just wow. SmokingPipes asked American carvers to create a piece for this 2018 Exposition and they didn’t disappoint.

    Scott Thile offered up this amazing blasted strawberry wood. Once I saw it I couldn’t pass it up. Haven’t had a strawberry wood yet, so any advice on breaking it in would be greatly appreciated.

    Pete Prevost made a breathtaking horn calabash out of horn. Scott Klein did an amazing tomato out of horn with a horn stem. Jeff Gracik did a fantastic Danish style egg out of boxwood with horn accent. Silver Gray did a great HawkDog out of olive wood. Sam Adebayo did a very interesting one using Bakelite for the shank and base of the bowl. Bill Shalosky, Abe Herbaugh, and Scottie Piersel made some incredible pipes out of morta. The crowning jewel is by far Todd Johnson’s where he used a nautilus shell and inserted a briar bowl with aluminum bit between bowl and Bakelite stem. Just incredible work. I’m still stunned by it.

    Great collection of pipes from AMAZING American carvers.

    "The thinking man always smokes a Peterson." -Peterson of Dublin
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    advice on breaking it in would be greatly appreciated

    No different than briar. I love how light strawberry wood is this magnum sized billiard is light as a feather.

    Damnation seize my soul if I give you quarters, or take any from you.
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    Nice Pipe, Congrats!!

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    No different than briar. I love how light strawberry wood is this magnum sized billiard is light as a feather.

    Oh that’s good to hear. I got a maple wood from Don Warren a few years back and he stressed with maple you really need to do the honey coating for the first dozen bowls or so to get the cake built up and don’t end up with a piece of firewood instead of a pipe. Hadn’t heard if strawberry wood was like that or more like briar.

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    Mighty fine, and better yet, a pipe with a story. I like the brightness of the stain and the horn accessory.

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    Hadn’t heard if strawberry wood was like that or more like briar.

    Other than the lightness of the material, it's very briar like. Fire that beauty up and enjoy it!

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    I picked up a Cooke from JT at the Chicago show and commented to him that it looked like it could have been made from strawberry wood. He looked at it and said yeah it is strawberry wood. It hadn’t been sold to me as a strawberry wood, so his response caught me a little off guard, but I was totally ok with it because I’ve been wanting to try a strawberry wood for myself anyway. So, that’s how I came to have any experience with strawberry wood. To me, as has already been said, it didn’t smoke any different to me than my briars.

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    Hey guys! First off, congratulations on snagging a wonderful one-of-a-kind pipe, I hope it will be enjoyed for many years to come. Thank you for your great commentary on all of the pipes in the Expo as well! It's great to see appreciation of all of the carver's hard work and dedication. To all the pipe lovers, Smokingpipes thanks you!

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    You pulled a nice one lord. The Abadayo (fuschia) pipe caught my eye....but Bakelite colors as it smokes and the thought of a brown strip running down the backside of that pipe is unappealing. That Kline tomato sure is pretty but...,

    I guess I won’t pass the test to get my pipe collectors license.

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    Lord, great looking pipe. I hope you love how it smokes, congrats on a fantastic addition to your collection.

    Harris
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    Lord, I just looked at all the pipes that were available and yours is the only one that I would have bought. All the others were not anything I would ever buy. You got the best of the bunch for my tastes, well done.

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    Harris, you didn’t buy the Nautilus pipe?

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    Thanks. It’s an excellently executed bent apple. He did a great job on the stain and the sandblast.

    I like the creativity the difficulty and talent required to make all the other offerings.

    Big thanks to SP for putting this together and a huge round of applause to the carvers.

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    It came! Had the first bowl in it this morning, some Capstan Blue RR. It’s an amazing smoker. Very well balanced, pretty light weight wise, excellent draw, fantastically comfortable bit. Big thanks to SmokingPipes for putting this collection together and to Scott Thile for the excellent work.

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    Congrats! She’s a beauty. Glad you had time to enjoy a smoke in it over the weekend.

    Neal
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    After looking at it, I actually like the nautilus. May see if Todd will make me one.

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    Very nice pipe Lord. Love the sandblast.

    I like that Nautilus too. It was the first one I went to look at and was already sold by the time I got to it.

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    I did see on Todd’s Instagram account he said he wasn’t sure if this would be the only nautilus shell pipe he’d make.

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    I'll have to call him sometime and see. Even without the resin and epoxy, that would be gorgeous with a virgin ring blast paired with a cumberland stem.

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    For those not familiar with strawberry wood, it's not briar but a different heather tree or bush with a woody root for this purpose. It's noticeably lighter weight than briar for its size, which is appealing. It has nothing to do with the berry-producing plant (unless genetically, and that I don't know). I'll keep my antenna up for pipes made of this material, though another pipe is not a pressing need. Ahem.

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    It does produce a strawberry-like fruit though.

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    You got the pick of the litter, beautiful pipe!

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    My favorites were Ryan's and Silver Gray's pipes.

    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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