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What Do You Enjoy Most About This Hobby

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  1. rollinggentleman

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    I enjoy trying try knew tobaccos there is something about when you taste the flavors I like to sit outside and enjoy the taste Of whatever tobacco and smoking and of course talking to people about the hobby

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    The variety of pipes -- shapes, materials, nations of origin, prices, and smoking characteristics -- along with the vast variety of tobaccos and relative thrift compared to cigars, and the ability to have a thorough enjoyment even on a bowl or two a day, with days off. The pipe community is a huge plus -- shops, shows, and Forums at the forefront of that, plus some totally unique people who do it their way. I like occasionally mixing tobaccos and blends, plus appreciating the artistry of the various lavishly talented blenders.

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    There are no pipe shows where I live I wish there were I would love to go see one

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    I enjoy smoking tobacco most.

    Btw, Rolling G- sorry about giving you a hard time about your punctuation in your previous thread. I had no idea you have a handicap my brother. The avatar is a nice touch.

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    As a wheelchair user it is disability not a handicap in reality it is what it is. Shel

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    For me it is variety and experimentation as well. This is a hobby I could never see getting tired of- too many new tobaccos to try, too many pipe materials and styles, too diverse of a crowd in the pipe-enjoying world. Trying to find your Holy Grail tobacco (and kind of hoping you never do), tweaking and fiddling with an old beater pipe, seeing if you can turn it into a gem. All great parts of the hobby. Some guys are one-pipe, one blend guys. If that made me happy, I'd do it too. But for me, there's just too much exploring to do!

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    The few moments while smoking I don't realize I've been smoking. Pure transcendence.

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    There is a lot to be enjoyed in this hobby. The artistic nature of pipe making comes to mind first. Collecting pipes gives you the opportunity to have your own little museum with a variety of pieces created by artists from all around the world, from many different eras. The tobaccos, so many types and blends to try. I also enjoy the fact that pipe smoking is like a gateway to our ancestors, it opens that timeless door making us understand and experience what our ancestors did many years ago. The fact that some pipes can be passed down from generation to generation is also something that fascinates me. Being able to hold a piece of briar or meerschaum in your hands knowing that the same piece was used in the same way but perhaps 100 years ago is to me the closest one can get from time travel! There is also the never ending quest for the perfect pipe and the perfect tobacco (the origin of PAD and TAD)! Last but certainly not least is the camaraderie, the community, that feeling of brotherhood acquired from this one thing that unites us... Great topic, I can't wait to read what others have to say!

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    It's all about the tobacco to me. Some say too many tobaccos to try, I say another tobacco to try. Yummy

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    Also enjoying saving up to buy a pipe I've always wanted I've always wanted A Peterson

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    Shows and events where I can hang out with other collectors. Building a collection and finding the next pipe to add to it.

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    The different type of tobaccos. For me it is a pretty in expensive hobby as long as you pace yourself.

    Because straight is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few be there that find it.
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    While I appreciate the pipes, they're just icing on the cake of bountiful varieties of tasty tobaccos.

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    An addiction for me, not a hobby, the nicotine you know. Most enjoyable and most savored is the last pipe in the evening.

    Not a taster, I have a handful of blends I trust and enjoy. Very infrequently will I sample a new blend as I've found what satisfies me so I no longer have to search.

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    This forum, of course.

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    That it is never ending.

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    The chicks dig it.

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    Fellow wheelchair user here - and ya, its the variety - over 1000 different tins on SmokingPipes alone!

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    Smoking an evening pipe after a productive day at work. I also enjoy reading tobacco reviews on the interwebs.

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    Restoring and smoking old pipes. I get immense satisfaction from cleaning up a pipe that's a mess and finding it is a great smoker.

    Life is good. But it's better with a pipe.
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    Wow! Great thread, lots of thoughtful replies. AT this moment I agree with everyone- almost! I'll try to whittle my own thoughts down and out in a bit.

    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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    My life is fast paced physically and mentally, though I would not want it any other way, I need to step on the brakes every now and then. Smoking a pipe, for me brings a much needed state of calmness.

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    Joe time! When I smoke, I'm generally alone, reflective, quiet... aware.

    A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them. -- Carl Jung
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    The thing I enjoy above all, is the reflective, peaceful mindfullness from focusing on nothing but my thoughts and how the pipe is burning. Pure nirvana. thoughts come and pass without worry or anxiety. The feeling of utter contentment is the most comforting thing in my life.

    I have some friends, some honest friends, and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar, my open fire, A book that's not too new.
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    While I do enjoy the aesthetics of a fine pipe, I'm a tobacco guy. For me, it's all about the amazing flavor and variety of pipe tobacco.

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    That it annoys liberals.

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    That it annoys liberals.

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    I am not sure I can pick out one thing. I like the fact that smoking a pipe takes time. It is like a gift to myself to take the time to pick a pipe/ tobacco and smoke without rushing. I love the tobacco choice, I keep trying new and exciting things and have a mountain of things I still want to check out. I also like the pipe porn on here and elsewhere.

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    I enjoy the relaxation that comes with the hobby. And the taste of tobacco of course. And the more I think about it the more I enjoy the hunt. The hunt for the perfect tobacco & pipe combo.

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    Pipe smoking is an oral pleasure that can become meditative.

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    ...and communing with the combustion of tobacco leaf from different continents and regions in a symphony of taste and smell.

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    I enjoy the smoke of a recently refurbished pipe I've done and enjoy the craftsmanship of each pipe I have done. I appreciate a pipe I refurbished more than a new one just cause of the extra work I put into. Plus I get a chance to study the artwork of the pipe before enjoying some good tobacco also

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    I appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the smoking instrument and the rituals of maintaining and cleaning them. Its a friendship of mutual respect and enjoyment.

    I'm in awe of the versatility and generosity of the tobacco leaf. Demonized by a society of superficial understanding and appreciation of beauty I discovered in pipe smoking the true nature of a plant that has been exploited and "optimized" by a world obsessed with "efficiency" in the name of progress of profit; and like many things in the modern world, beauty is obscured by a restlessness desire to "use" things as opposed to being in communion with them.

    I'm inspired by the fellow pipe smokers that have been granted the secrets of this majestic plant and are able to coax from it flavours that reflect its endless potential.

    I'm grateful for the serenity and contemplative moments of insight that I experience in the company of my pipe. I feel that somehow many of those who had great appreciation of beauty and wisdom had realized the mysterious companionship of pipes and tobaccos and that I can somehow be in their company through the same appreciation.

    I also enjoy how people react to it and the opportunity it brings to have conversations that are inspired by the mood of serenity and beauty it supports.

    Cigarettes are the Chicken McNuggets of tobacco!
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    I wish I could be like warren and be satisfied with a few blends. I do have my favorites that feed the nicotine addiction but it's a lot like eating for me. There's always something else to try. I envy the guys that can travel the world and sample the various cuisines and tobaccos. In my corner of the world there's a smorgasbord of worldly foods to try. But I'd love to see just a few places that offer baccys of Europe for instance. A man can dream

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    I love a lot of things about it - the variety of tobaccos, the fun of waiting for deliveries in the mail, packing new stuff in to jars....

    I think the thing I love the most about it though, if I really think about it, is that it's mine. I smoke with my brother maybe once a month or so, but for the most part, I'm a solo pipe smoker in a sea of non-pipe smokers.

    Throughout my whole day, the chances aren't much great than 0 that I will run in to someone else smoking a pipe. Most people that see me smoking a pipe don't even know someone who smokes a pipe. It's MY thing - something that I do that (statistically speaking) no one else does. It's something I'm expert at that no one else I encounter functionally knows anything at all about.

    It's like a great secret that I carry around with me and that I can be proud of - a wealth of knowledge on a fascinating subject that no one else in my world knows anything about.

    It's mine and that's why I love it.

    "We have an unspoken, mutual understanding to ignore the things we hate about each other so we can continue to enjoy the things we love about each other."
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    All of it.
    A relaxing smoke.
    A thousand flavors from which to choose.
    The variety of shapes and finishes and designs of pipes.
    The history of pipe and tobacco manufacturing.
    The preparation of pipes and tobacco for pleasurable smoke.
    Cleaning, maintenance, and puttering around.
    Restoration of beat up used estate pipes
    Camaraderie at pipe club meetings, show, and the occasional meeting up with other forum members.
    Learning new stuff every day.
    The myths, folklore, wisdom, and other forms of uncritical BS that swirl smoke-like through the pipe and pipe smoking universe.
    I like it all.

    It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. - Mark Twain

    It is pointless to argue with a fanatic since a dim bulb can't be converted into a searchlight. - Jesse Silver
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    The practice of pipe smoking is a purely sensory experience. The aroma of the freshly opened tin of tobacco and the smells of the first charring light. The taste of the tobacco as it changes down from rim to doddle. The sight of the smoke and the beauty of the pipe carving. But mostly it is a tactile experience: you do not need eye sight to tell the freshness of the tobacco but rather can feel the compressing leaf between your fingers. And the best part is the feel of the warm pipe on the palm, in the fingers and the bit in the lips. There is something just immensely sensual about pipe smoking!
    And, no, I don't have sex with my pipes...

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    I'm enjoying reading all your post this is another thing I enjoy about the hobby is talking about it with people that enjoy it just as much as I do I always said that I was in one of the oldest brother hood and i am proud being in the brotherhood of pipe smokers

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    The aromas and how tactile pipes are.

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    I love the disconnection-turn off your brain and enjoy the tobacco, feel the pipe. No work, me time. Kids are in bed, wife doing something else and it's me on the deck.....bliss!

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    Yup, good to get back into your own body and mind now and then, and check in. An additional pleasure is finding a pipe you've owned for a while and discovering it is thoroughly broken in and has special talents. A case in point, at the moment I'm smoking a mixture of blends in a Peterson slightly bent rusticated author that took a long time to break in, but has a good wide/deep bowl and is a perfect pipe for blends, giving everything room to unfold. Once or twice a month there's a discovery like this.

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    Sabblebrush52

    All of it.
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    Pipes are not like cars. A Chevy cannot drive like a Mercedes, but the lowly Stanwell can smoke like the lofty Chonowitsch, even though the latter far exceeds the Stanwell in beauty, grain, and craftsmanship. It is the briar and not the brand. There is no place for elitism among pipe smokers. - Fred Hanna
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    All of the above but getting to smoke with other pipers and sharing different tobaccos takes the cake. I'm fortunate to work in a B&M that has a good pipe smoking base and lots of pipe smoking customers. Getting to know them and learning from their experiences is priceless.

    De gustibus et cloribus non disputandum.
    'There is no arguing about tastes and colours.'
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  44. rollinggentleman

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    I just got through smoking a bowl there's nothing like relaxing at night with a good smoke and listening to past episodes of the pipes magazine radio show I am on episode 29

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    One of my other hobbies is straight shaving. There it's the hunt for the perfect edge by honing your own edges and for the perfect shave. For pipe smoking it's the same. To find that tobacco, that pipe and the technique to get that ultimate smoking experience.

    Thomas
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    The variety of pipes and tobacco, the people in the industry, the smells and tastes, the nostalgia that a pipe gives you, the great memories with a pipe, fishing with a pipe, basically I love LIFE with a pipe! Good question though.

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
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    I enjoyed the conversation in the community

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    I enjoy first and foremost the tobacco... I like the different flavors of different mixtures. but I also love the look and feel of a pipe (being a woodworker) I appreciate the different styles and feels of pipes. and last but not least I enjoy the ritual of laying out the tobacco figuring out what pipe calls to me and then patiently loading it and taking that first real draw and watching a cloud of smoke fill the air around me
    Ive also learned over my many years, the pipe smoking community is top notch... fellow pipe smokers tend to be very enjoyable and pleasantly nice people.

    I carry a gun... because a cop is too heavy!
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  49. rollinggentleman

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    I do agree with that

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    Besides the experience of tasting someone's hard work transforming the leaf and the briar (and other materials), what I love the most about the hobby is that I have met genuine, honest and upstanding friends all over the globe. I value my relationships with them, be it a pipe maker, a tobacco blender or a fellow pipe smoker.

    Chris
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    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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