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  1. solideogloria86

    My First Ever MM Corn Cob.

    Here's what I do. The first couple of bowls, I intentionally smoke it all the way down and then tamp the ash around the sides of the piece of shank. Until eventually, it forms a nice bottom even with the drilling. The last few puffs of the bowl taste a little rough, but it only takes about two...
  2. solideogloria86

    New Pipe By Dimitry Miscoi 🇨🇦

    This is incredible. Beautiful blast. This angle of the mammoth looks like the view from a plane flying over a city at night.
  3. solideogloria86

    Peterson Junior Sandblasted Apple

    I can't believe I forgot to mention the pre republic Peterson system 314 I have also! I've got it packed up to send to Briarville for a full restoration. I keep forgetting to mail it off. 😅
  4. solideogloria86

    Peterson Junior Sandblasted Apple

    The bottom one is a Ryan Alden commission patterned after a Musico. The middle is a Musico. I have a total of 5 briars. The other two are an Eltang poker my wife bought me for Christmas, and an Ascorti Christmas pipe my mother bought me for Christmas.
  5. solideogloria86

    Peterson Junior Sandblasted Apple

    The Junior is right in my wheelhouse. It may also be worth noting that all 3 of these pipes have roughly the same chamber size. 0.75"x1.5" give or take 0.01"
  6. solideogloria86

    Peterson Junior Sandblasted Apple

    I don't have any Czech tools at the moment, but here's a pic with a Bic for scale.
  7. solideogloria86

    Peterson Junior Sandblasted Apple

    I have been admiring these for some time, especially the lovat, but I'm not really a fan of the newer Peterson rustication. The blast on this little apple somehow swayed me away from a lovat. I picked it up from the post office last night, along with a few 2oz bags of bulks. One of those was...
  8. solideogloria86

    The Relight debate

    I'm still smoking the first pipe I ever lit back in 42. I'm about a third of the way down the bowl. Only used one match because that's all I had. People who relight are an embarrassment to pipe smokers everywhere. They can't manage to keep a pipe lit and we let them have drivers licenses, and...
  9. solideogloria86

    I'm Back, MSO 489

    So glad to hear from you!
  10. solideogloria86

    Returning Obsessive

    Malcom Guite?
  11. solideogloria86

    Hello from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

    Welcome. Born and raised in Weaverville/Asheville area. Currently living in sagebrush country. Northern Nevada.
  12. solideogloria86

    Attack Of The Clones (Part 1)

    Incredible piece! The contrast stain and that birdseye underneath is something special!
  13. solideogloria86

    Offensively High Resale Prices On Unicorn Blends

    I'd love to hear a logical argument of the ethical principles at work here. By what standard is it unethical to buy a non-essential luxury product at retail price and resell it for a price that hundreds, if not thousands are willing to pay? P.S. I'd love to get floor seats at a Carolina duke...
  14. solideogloria86

    Offensively High Resale Prices On Unicorn Blends

    "If I can't have it, I don't want anyone else to have it either!"
  15. solideogloria86

    Hello from N. Nevada

    Welcome from way northern Nevada!
  16. solideogloria86

    Dunhill Shells

    2020 Foundation by Musico
  17. solideogloria86

    Buying Multiples of the Same Pipe

    I came here to say the same thing. I wonder if he can fit a whole warehouse full of cannonballs into one photo?
  18. solideogloria86

    NOS Buescher's Corn Cob Pipe

    That's a good question. If I had to guess, maybe a modified spade bit of sorts, like what pipe makers today use to bore chambers. The end grain is splintered pretty badly and it definitely wasn't a clean cut.
  19. solideogloria86

    NOS Buescher's Corn Cob Pipe

    The whole dowel goes through. I can see the perfect circle of end grain on the inside of the bowl. The top half of the "dowel" is flush with the inside of the chamber wall and the bottom half extends to the bottom of the bowl. But the whole dowel is through the cob.
  20. solideogloria86

    NOS Buescher's Corn Cob Pipe

    Are you saying that the "slice of dowel" is a separate piece from the shank itself? On this one, it's not. The shank goes all the way through the cob bowl with the draught hole drilled in the center, and the top half of the shank is cut off with the bottom half covering the bottom of the bowl...