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  1. tslex

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    I think a man needs a room that is unapologetically his. The recent trend has been toward the "Man Cave," a prime feature of which seems to be the largest TV possible for the consumption of sports. Now, I like sports -- and big TVs -- but in creating my den I had something else in mind.

    It is a place for relaxation; a place to smoke, drink, read, think. It is a quiet place, save some Irish or classical music (and the occasional throwback rock and roll). Although I am by no means always alone in the den, it is the place in which I am most often alone. Others are very welcome -- except when they are not. Since I enjoy watching sports WITH people and plenty of noise, that function would be inimical to my den. So no television.

    I find a pipe is tremendously handy when writing/thinking/working, so there's a place to do that. (A sort of disordered place this time of year, as the fall semester approaches and the syllabus and class notes get a re-work.)

    There is whiskey (and whisky). There are magazines and books. There are a few treasured artifacts, but there is the minimum of clutter. There is, blessedly for Miami, air conditioning. (Outdoor smokes are wonderful, except for the several months here when they are not.)

    How about you? Gotta "den," wherever located, however configured?

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Nice setup.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    That is very nice! Love the well-stocked shelves. . .

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    Very nice relaxing smoking parlour. Love those steel tipped glass jars, and the old leather easy chair looks inviting.

    The pipe eases you into the present moment - savor your pipe & you'll savor this moment.
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    That's really nice! Mine's not really a den and calling it a man cave is a stretch, but I do have a "space." It's an enclosure deck on the second floor, overlooking the harbor.

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    rothnh, the words "overlooking the harbor" sound pretty wonderful.

    Pictures?

    Kashmir, I'd love to see the "Home of a zillion Dunhills."

    Hunter? Barley?

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Now that's a den - nice work tslex.

    Maybe one day for me (n another life I'm sure).

    "Be seeing you"


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    Sorry, I will do links of pipes and stuff, but I'm not into doing pictures -- not even an avatar. I have a whole Canon A-1 set up in a Halliburton case that I haven't opened in almost 30 years.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Really nice den. I think the shillelagh and the shotgun are nice touches. I have a study, where I can work and smoke and read. It is not as nice as yours, but is functional. Man caves are a marriage saver.

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    Really nice den. I think the shillelagh and the shotgun are nice touches. I have a study, where I can work and smoke and read. It is not as nice as yours, but is functional. Man caves are a marriage saver.

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    Thanks joehearn.

    Good eye on the blackthorn stick.

    Shotgun was my granddad's, about 120 years old. It is a Barker, with a B and not, sadly, a Parker with a P. Damascus steel barrels, exposed hammers, twin triggers. Some years ago I got a few black powder shotgun shells, just to be able to say I shot the thing. Granddad killed more bunnies and ducks with the thing that you could count -- although not ever more than they could eat.

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    Looks like a nice relaxing place to read and smoke.

    Arrrrr, shiver me timbers! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is September the 19th!!!
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    Posted 6 years ago #
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    I love it

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    Great setup, tslex.

    I hung around with a kid who's father had some guns, when I was a kid. One was a double barrel Parker that was made here in Connecticut, in Meriden. I thought it was a mongrel brand, because it wasn't a Winchester or Remington.lol! I learned years later about Parker's reputation.

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power"

    Abraham Lincoln
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Not yet. I certainly love your setup though tslex!

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    Very nice setup, alas, I have been banned to outdoor smoking due to my wife's current state on her hormone treatment and smells getting to her.. I have a 14x20 shop that will be delivered soon and hope to convert it to the smoke and hobby room...

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    Kashmir, I'd love to see the "Home of a zillion Dunhills."

    tslex - Nothing fancy. Just an old crash pad in the garage.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    These are very nice

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    I will have one when we get the new house next summer. There won't be a TV in mine either. I have finally had it with TV. Lousy shows, except just a few, endless reruns of bad films and fixed fights (like Malignaggi's last). I will keep the TV in my city apartment.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Roth: Photographs are done digitally now. Well, off to do some 4x5 film.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  21. tslex

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    Kashmir, nifty. That looks like an incredibly comfy corner.

    You seem to have a great affection for beetles, the Middle East, and traditional canvas satchels.

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    The two sheets of 4x5 film came out perfectly. What fun! Haven't done sheet film in about two years.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    LOL tslex. I guess you can tell a lot from a man's quarters. Entomology and photography are great interests of mine. As are Billingham camera bags. Make great pipe bags.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Holy cow, I love those chairs.....and all that day light. Awesome den.

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    Holy cow, I love those chairs.....and all that day light. Awesome den.

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    Very nice. I can see how you could spend a week or two at a clip in there.

    Blowin' smoke since 1970.
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Kashmir, nice corner you have carved out there. Warm and inviting. Great collection!

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    Great looking smoking rooms guys. Since I have no woman to answer to my living room is my den.

    Harris
    Posted 6 years ago #
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    tslex and kashmir - very well done. I am confined to the garage, which is fine three months out of the year, but cold in the winter. My corner does have a tv, I sort of want a movie theatre you can smoke and drink in. I do some reading and entertaining there as well. All tobacco is welcome.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  30. tslex

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    Sallow, I love the fly rods, canoe paddles and all the cigar bands.

    Nifty spot. At least in winter you could do a space heater. Hot summer down here would make a garage a no-go.

    Posted 6 years ago #
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    Nice smoking spots gentlemen. Mine, well is confined to our small deck outside of my house. Gets really cold in winter, but now it is pleasant.

    “I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgement in all human affairs.”
    -Albert Einstein, 1950
    Posted 6 years ago #
  32. dread

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    I shall continue to dream of a permanent indoor smoking spot. My wife has tempted me by suggesting I set up a spot in the basement. Until then I shall simply say both of your spots look wonderful, gents.

    ". . . I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul."
    - INVICTUS
    Posted 6 years ago #
  33. smeigs

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    awesome rooms guys! Glad to see an Old Dog tin in your rotation! I love that stuff!

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
    Posted 6 years ago #

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