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  1. tjsgarden

    The Initial Tamp

    Inquiring minds want to know. I'll give this method a try and see what happens.
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    Your First Year Smoking

    Probably 1974. I remember smoking some apple and cherry blends, Carter Hall and SWR. I thought it was a mature and sophisticated way to smoke. At the time, I thought aromatics were what made pipe smoking special. Now, I usually only smoke non-aromatics.
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    How Do You Hold Your Pipe In Your Mouth?

    Almost always, I hold a pipe in my hand while smoking. I use my teeth and lips ( with very little pressure), only to stabilize the pipe. The weight of the pipe is held by my hand.
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    Tamping And The Bottom Of The Bowl?

    I especially like the idea of letting the tobacco dry more the next smoke.
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    Tamping And The Bottom Of The Bowl?

    Greetings, I actually enjoy the attentive art of pipe tamping. I am careful not to overly compress the tobacco beneath the ashes and embers. I have mixed thoughts when I get near the bottom of the bowl. When there is a mixture of dottle, ash and a small amount unburned tobacco, I usually use a...
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    How "NOT" to Inhale Smoke?

    Hey Guys, the responses I got from my question was great. Again, I want to say thanks to all of you. Just a brief update... I have been off cigarettes for a week. My lungs feel better than ever. I have tried to incorporate much of what was shared into the mechanics of how I smoke. For now, I...
  7. tjsgarden

    My New Pipe Rest

    Considering some of the things I have seen on Ebay, you would get several bids for your "unique pipe rest".
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    Rusticated or Smooth. What Do You Prefer?

    Most of my pipes are sandblasted or rusticated. In my opinion, they generally smoke cooler than a smooth finish.
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    How "NOT" to Inhale Smoke?

    THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. You guys are great. I am reflecting on what has been shared. I have smoked a pipe on and off (mostly off) since the mid 1970s. I truly want to smoke and enjoy pipe smoking and minimize the risk to my lungs at the same time. I haven't smoked a cigarette in four days. I am...
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    Muttnchop Piper Update

    Could you share this thread with his daughter so Chris would know how much we miss him on Youtube.
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    How "NOT" to Inhale Smoke?

    Exactly! I have learned to control the sipping (using only my cheeks) specifically to the tip of the stem. Thanks!
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    How "NOT" to Inhale Smoke?

    Greetings! I am 66 years old and have a long history of smoking cigarettes. It is important to me to NOT inhale smoke into my windpipe or lungs. I am very careful to relax my breathing pace and sip (like sipping on a straw) a very small amount of smoke into my mouth. I exhale in a slow...
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    Any Advice? Killer Tongue Bite

    Driving can cause stress or anxiousness. If you sip harder or at a faster rate while driving, the smoke will get hotter and there will be an increased risk of tongue bite.