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  1. crashthegrey

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    So with my recent negative situations, I have fully committed to trying to make it all a positive experience. With my love of Kaywoodie pipes, I have gone full time into selling new Kaywoodie pipes, among others which I will add over time. This isn't a sales post, so no website. I just wanted to share my excitement. It has been a crazy adventure and I love trying to make a living in a community which I know and love. This forum is a big part of the push to make this real. Thanks to all of you, for doing what you didn't know you were doing. Pushing me to try something new.

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    Good luck. New ventures are exciting, frightening, humbling and nerve-racking, but they are also rewarding, frustrating, mind-boggling and worth it.

    Ubi Ignis Est?
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    Definitely frightening with a family to support. But I have to give it a go or I will always regret it. Thank you!

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    That sounds just cool as hell! You'll have to journal your experiences with this endeavor here.

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    Thank you, ophiuchus. It took about a month of selling some of the Kaywoodie 100th Anniversary pipes to get the funds to incorporate, and then I spent a couple of weeks building a website linked to a Facebook account and an Instagram account. I used one of my own paintings as a basis for the logo, my wife digitized and turned it into the logo. Now all is up and running, and I spend a few hours a day sending orders, tweaking the website, fixing the costs and metrics, updating social media, and talking to my favorite people, other pipe smokers. I am working on materials to keep shipping costs down. I bought a dip pen, or nib pen, to handwrite a note to every customer, and they get a piece of candy or other gift in every order. It is a blast so far.

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    Strong work! Will you be representing Kaywoodie in Chicago, or are you going for personal pleasure?

    Neal
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    Thanks, npod. It was far too late to get a table, but I will have pipes with me. I plan to try to get a table at the preshow Friday, but either way I'll represent as best as I can for such short notice. Plus trying to just enjoy my first Chicago show.

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    This is clearly well beyond a hobby now. I'll be checking it out. It's great to see Kaywoodie get some love like this.

    I bought a dip pen, or nib pen, to handwrite a note to every customer, and they get a piece of candy or other gift in every order. It is a blast so far.

    And that sounds pretty classy!

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    Where are you selling them ?

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    Wow. Thanks. I still collect Kaywoodie pipes for myself, but I had a dream of every pipe smoker having new Kaywoodie pipes. When I first started buying at shows where I met Bill, I would abuse my first Super Grain pipes. Smoking them non-stop for months to see how they stood up to real use. I was blown away that a $50 pipe could do so well. So I decided that I wanted to see them more available to people besides those of us lucky enough to see Bill personally, so yes, more than a hobby now. Heh. I'm all in.

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    weedsnager, I have a website which will carry more than Kaywoodie, but that is the primary focus. I have not paid to advertise here, so I will not take business from our sponsors. I don't believe any of them carry my product, but I respect this forum and the rules, as I have been a long time contributing member and love it here. Feel free to PM me and I'll shoot you a web address. I have more inventory being made for me right now and will have a rotating stock of brand new Kaywoodie pipes. But again, I am more interested in celebrating these steps toward happiness with the people who made me dive so deep into this pastime of ours.

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    Sounds crazy good, and good on ya for going for it. Best of luck!

    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.
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    Thank you! It has certainly been an adventure so far.

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    Good luck!!

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    Thank you!

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    That is awesome! Best of luck!

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    Thank you. Chasing dreams is fun!

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    That sounds like the greatest job ever. Congrats!

    Thinking of moving up to b&m status some day? Or strictly online?

    "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
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    Thanks, didi! I'm certainly quite thrilled thus far.

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    Congratulations, bud, and the best of luck!

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    Congratulations on your new endeavour! I really admire the mettle and resolve one needs to start their own business.

    Godspeed!

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    Thank you both. It has been many sleepless nights so far, but all worth it. I'm excited for the opportunity to give back to the community in my own little way.

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    Good for you. Hopefully everything works out well

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    Awesome dude! I can see how much joy and excitement it brings to you. All new endeavors can be a bit scary on the front end, but until you jump in with both feet, you never really know what all is possible! I'll raise a pipe to you later, crash, a Kaywoodie, in fact. One in which I bought and I owe to your faith in them that I even picked it up! A new old stock saxon pipe from WV Smoke shop, I believe it was. It's a great smoker! Wouldn't have given it a second thought if you hadn't mentioned them to us when new stock appeared. Here's to you, bud, and best of luck in your endeavors!

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    Thank you. That's what I am talking about! I absolutely love hearing stories like this. I pushed sales to anyone who carried Kaywoodie pipes simply for the joy they brought me and to spread that. Thank you!

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    That is awesome to hear, good for you man!

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    Thank you, kindly. Looking forward to continuing!

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    And if I remember Kaywoodies were the pipe to have back on the day. Weren't they more expensive than Dunhills at one point?

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    You don't need luck! Seize the day!

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    That is true. They were expensive and beautiful. Fortunately now they are inexpensive and beautiful! Thanks all.

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    crash, Best of luck to you amd may you have great success! Thought you might like to see this old Kaywoodies:

    "the weez"...
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    Oh man. Spectacular with the box and everything!

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    Best of luck Crash! Following on Insta and signed up for the emails. Logo is a cool and unique.

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    Thank you trudger! I painted that goat and then looked at it one day, and knew it had to be the logo. My wife was kind enough to do the digital work to make it look like a logo and not just a watercolor.

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    Wow. Best of luck, Crash. I'm pretty certain that you could still get a table in Chicago. Winton on this forum is a show officer. You could contact him about it. If they're sold out, then you might try to find someone to buddy up with and pay them for half their table. I look forward to meeting you and seeing those Kaywoodies.

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    Aw, dang, weez. Yer killin' me! Lordy, that's purty! G'luc to ya, crash!

    B

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    Thanks, Craig. Woth all the money I have spent on lawyers, accountants, and inventory I probably can't afford it anyway. But I really appreciate the thought. I'll still be there spreading the word at least. Thanks, Bill.

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    Excellent.

    Non Serviam
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    Congrats on the new gig Crash.

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    Thank you, Harris!

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    Good luck with the new project.

    Dan

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    Best of luck and good fortunes to you, Crash!

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    Thanks Dan and Snoopy. I'm incredibly excited about giving this a go.

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    Congrats! Good luck & have fun.

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    Thank you!

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    I've added a Kaywoodie history page and description of the current lines today. Information is valuable.

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    So I have never owned a Kaywoodie pipe. I really like the finish on some of those, but I gotta know about the stems. How would you compare them to Dr Grabows?

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    The stems are old school vulcanite with small buttons. As a clencher, I prefer them, even over most artisan pipes. You kind of have to try one as comparisons are difficult. Let me know what you are looking at specifically and I may be able to help more.

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    Congrats, Crash!
    I love collecting and some of my most enjoyable years were when I had my own collectibles and antiques shop, Enjoy yourself!

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    Thanks, gator. What kind of shop did you have?

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    Karl’s Kollectibles... some years before the one in Vegas.

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    Very cool. Did you hold on to a lot of stuff?

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    Oh, man this is bold. Best of luck, though I doubt you'll need luck, since you have good looks!
    And here is the website.

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    Thank you, Dan! I'm not sure my looks are enough, haha.

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    Of course! My den looks lke a back room at the museum!

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    That's awesome gatorlope.

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