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  1. lochinvar

    Canadian Pipe Shape Origins

    You are right, it is not just "a" pipe shape, it's "THE" pipe shape. The shape of and for the Gods.....and me
  2. lochinvar

    RIP Christopher Tolkien

    Very sad. Tolkien is one of the most important authors in my life, and I always thought Christopher did a good job honoring his father's vision.
  3. lochinvar

    Silly Game With Blend Names

    Crimson Bandit - Red Rapparee Carthusian Founder - St. Bruno Sopwith Camel Boss - Squadron Leader Bad Luck Stygian - Black Mallory Scottish Shield - Highland Targe Glaurung Chip - Dragon Flake East of the Sphinx - Cairo The Trip Back to Ithaca - Odyssey
  4. lochinvar

    Hello From Tennessee

    Welcome from Gatlinburg, TN.
  5. lochinvar

    What Are Hotel Administrations Thinking-Smoking Banned

    From a hotel owner's perspective, a lot of smokers make the situation worse. In my smaller motel, I keep smoking rooms (a trial to do under Tennessee's smoking guidelines). When I ask people checking in if they want one, a lot of times I'll get "No! Hell no! We're allergic! My wife will DIE if...
  6. lochinvar

    SMOKINGPIPES.COM – THE BEST!

    I got in on their last small Gawith drop on Christmas Eve. Ordered that morning, shipped that morning, I received it this morning the 26th. The only problem I ever had with them was some mislabeled Best Brown which was S. Gawith's mistake, and I had to tell them I was not in need of any...
  7. lochinvar

    What Are Your Favorite Christmas Albums/Songs?

    And how can you forget....
  8. lochinvar

    What Are Your Favorite Christmas Albums/Songs?

    Albums -Robert Shaw Chorale "A Festival of Carols" -Frank Sinatra "Jolly Christmas" -Nat King Cale "The Christmas Song" -Vince Guaraldi Trio "Charlie Brown Christmas" Songs -"Hark! The Herald Angel Sing" -"Good Christian Men Rejoice" -"In The Bleak Midwinter" -"Good King Wenceslas" -"Silver...
  9. lochinvar

    Years Smoking Poll

    At the ripe old age of 15, via some inventive shenanigans, I acquired a no name Algerian briar basket pipe, and some VA/Bur/Lat blends that didn't fry my tongue. With a brief cigar only break, we're up to 23 years.
  10. lochinvar

    Favorite Christmas/Holiday Movies

    Always White Christmas and A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott), then something like The Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare. Warren, you picked one of my favorites with The Three Godfathers. John Wayne and Ward Bond together is always great, and watching Pedro Armendariz riding is great.
  11. lochinvar

    Many thanks friend. They are so good, I'm glad they are finding the love they deserve.

    Many thanks friend. They are so good, I'm glad they are finding the love they deserve.
  12. lochinvar

    Going Without A Pipe (Oh, The Horror!)

    At one point I went 6 months or more. I just didn't have the urge to smoke. During bronchitis season, I might go a month and not smoke. After my daughter's birth this April, I think I went over two months. One of the great things about an extended break is the palate reset. Everything is more...
  13. lochinvar

    Very nice pipe and great restoration. Thats a workhorse of a pipe.

    Very nice pipe and great restoration. Thats a workhorse of a pipe.
  14. lochinvar

    ***What Are You Smoking?*** (November, 2019)

    The last of my tin of Butera Blended Flake in a Castello G Lovat Sea Rock. One of the finest flakes that came out of McClellands for my money.
  15. lochinvar

    It would seem that way. Those are the only marks on most of mine, however I think the company...

    It would seem that way. Those are the only marks on most of mine, however I think the company had another line that were stamped "Custom Made" instead of Colossal, but used the same C in a circle logo on the stem. I have about 7 or eight of these Colossals, and even the cheaper ones with...
  16. lochinvar

    ***What Are You Smoking?*** (November, 2019)

    Wessex Red Virginia Flake in an Ashton xxx Sovereign billiard with Cumberland stem.
  17. lochinvar

    Dedicating Or Pairing Pipe With Leaf.

    For the most part, I dedicate to genres, but I do have a few pipes dedicated to single blends, or almost single blends, where they have consistently made that blend shine. Rinaldo Skipper dedicated to McConnell Oriental (after it has aged long enough to kill the Latakia) Rattray bent panel...
  18. lochinvar

    What Are You Listening To ~ Nov. 2019

    Listening to Frank. "It's one for my baby and one more for the road"
  19. lochinvar

    Partial Rustication, How About It?

    Mixing finishes sets my teeth on edge (unless its a sandblast/rusticated with a smooth rim, that passes muster), as do rustication touches like Castello's Pi. I have a Larsen bent ball where the bottom is a rough black sandblast, all else is smooth, and I can't smoke it without wishing it was...
  20. lochinvar

    ***What Are You Smoking?*** (November, 2019)

    Butera Blended Flake in an Ashton xxx Brindle lumberman, all while listening to several Sherlock Holmes audiobooks.