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  1. zack24

    Selling pipes

    Don't be surprised to see a couple of FDA inspectors to show up and inspect your tobacco product manufacturing facility (pipe shop). There was a forum post about Jeff Gracik enduring a half day inspection. From what I understand, companies like Smoking Pipes .com handle the process with the FDA...
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    A dry cough from pipe smoking?

    ...so did the Dentist charge you for the crown he installed and the one you swallowed???
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    A dry cough from pipe smoking?

    Everyone has a different level of smoking they can tolerate- for me, it's a bowl a week. Any more and the chest feels a little tight and my cycling speed takes a hit. Persistent coughs are no good- I had a mildly nagging one for a year, thought it was smoking, allergies, dust in the shop...
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    Who Is/Was Your Pipe Mentor?

    First my grandfather- he always smoked a billiard drugstore pipe all day long. His only tobacco was Prince Albert- to this day, one I have never tried. His typical day was spend sitting in a chair around the 1950s Formica kitchen table smoking the pipe and pouring his coffee into a saucer to...
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    Finally Enjoying A Pipe Again...

    After my major lung surgery in December, I've really avoided smoke and dust to try to give my left lung a chance to recover- it's finally back to normal... Enjoyed a great afternoon with Pembroke in one of my Mortas yesterday. Actually got in some shop time to enlarge the chamber on a couple of...
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    Why Are Freehand Stems Partially Inserted?

    That was back in the good old days when pipe makers could buy a premade acrylic stem for $3 instead of spending hours making a stem from rod stock....I've never liked the tenon sticking out of the mortise look...and I actually like making stems....:)
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    P&C has Esoterica

    The hard to get ones are gone, but there is a pretty good selection still available...
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    Mortise Tight/Sticky After Cleaning

    If the whiskey was 70 proof, that's 35% alcohol and 65% water. Mortise soaked up the water and swelled slightly when you left it to dry overnight. Using hot water on the mortise made the problem worse. It's not a great idea to ever leave a stem and pipe separated. Fixing it correctly is tough...
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    FDA Begins Unannounced Inspections of Pipe Makers

    The Federal government will absolutely regulate chunks of wood. A few years ago, Gibson Guitar in Nashville was raided by Fish & Wildlife Service for a violation of the Lacey Act because they dared to import rosewood to make fingerboards instead of having the fingerboards manufactured overseas...
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    Briar Cigar in a Cigar Lounge

    Greta and I walked into a cigar bar that also served wine- their reason was they were afraid the pipe smoke would ghost their cigars. They got an eye roll, sold one glass of crappy wine to each of us...and we ghosted them- never to set foot in the place again.
  11. zack24

    Briar Cigar in a Cigar Lounge

    Greta and I walked into a cigar bar that also served wine- their reason was they were afraid the pipe smoke would ghost their cigars. They got an eye roll, sold one glass of crappy wine to each of us...and we ghosted them- never to set foot in the place again.
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    FDA Begins Unannounced Inspections of Pipe Makers

    ...and this falls under this: PipesMagazine.com cannot be used just as a means to promote your own web site, blog, YouTube Channel, Facebook Page, or any other outside landing page. A blog post or a forum post that is one to a few sentences that are just a lead-in to an outbound link is blatant...
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    Loose Stem Repair Option

    Along those same lines- but with much less risk- is using a paint brush dipped in boiling water on the inside of the mortise- let it dry, you'll have some internal expansion of the mortise....But as George mentioned- it's a bandaid....
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    Restoring a Dragon Claw Meerschaum...

    Yep- I have good dust control, but the left lung is still functioning at 80%....Taking no chances until it's back to normal.... (the problem wasn't all the things you would expect- it was inhaling a tiny steakbone maybe 10 months ago creating an empyema...) This respirator works really well....
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    Restoring a Dragon Claw Meerschaum...

    After spending the past 10 weeks in recovery from my illness, lung surgery, and other assorted good times, I finally felt like getting back to the shop. My victim for this session was really a challenge- It was what I guess to be a late 1800's Meer with a fragment of the amber stem and bone...