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    I Bought my Dream Pipe!

    You can get obsidian oil at smoking pipes .com https://www.smokingpipes.com/accessories/pipe-cleaners-and-cleaning-supplies/moreinfo.cfm?product_id=81739 They also sell Brebbia stem polish which is very good at removing light oxidation...
  2. J

    Looking for Ed Burak Connoisseur freehands

    I'm a collector of Ed's pipes as well (Ive got over 50) but I'm not looking to sell any of his freehands that I cherish There are 2 nice ones up on Ebay right now that I'm not bidding on because I already have similar ones...
  3. J

    Comoy's Question

    I was browsing estate pipes and a Comoy's Designer 800 caught my eye. I don't have any Comoy's in my collection and I was thinking of bidding on it. I can't find any info on the designer series and I would appreciate it if anyone here can help me out with some guidance as to where it stands...
  4. J

    Sleeper Favorite

    I think I know who made your mystery pipe. It looks like an early Ed Burak Connoisseur bent billiard. Ed openrd his shop in 1968 but did not stamp his pipes at all until 1974 when they were stamped connoisseur NYC. He added a signature E Burak to the stamping in 1981 Here is a photo of mine...
  5. J

    Kudos to Randy Wiley

    I have 1 Randy Wiley pipe that I picked up as an unsmoked estate a couple of years ago on Ebay, It's stamped WILEY '89 Unique (I assume that was the year it was made) It' on the smallish side, (maybe size 3 ) and a beautiful piece of natural (unstained) briar with magnificent straight grain...
  6. J

    Moisture On Outside Bowl Bottom

    But if you light up a swan neck it can be a pretty fine smoke
  7. J

    Remember When?

    There was a VW beetle commercial back in the early 70s where the entire NY Knick starting 5 emerged from the car. It was hilarious and I never quite figured out how they did it
  8. J

    Re-lighting Advice

    Perhaps the the problem is with the drilling of the pipe. If the airhole is too high from the bottom of the bowl you will encounter ash before you finish the tobacco. I have this problem with a couple of my pipes which are now in a box of pipes waiting to be moved on. Do you have the problem...
  9. J

    Petersons!

    I heard that a long time ago as a Polish joke
  10. J

    Ash Holes Put my Pipe Out!

    For me whether or not to dump ash depends on the size of the bowl. Small bowls I smoke to the bottom with no issues but large bowls I will dump out the ash 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down when relighting becomes difficult
  11. J

    In Praise of Cherry Cavendish

    I'll second the vote for Wilke Cherry Cavendish. For me it's the best of the genre. If you find Wilke to be too pricey at $64 /lb you can try Lane limited TK6 which is similar but almost 1/2 the price at Smoking pipes.com ($36/lb)
  12. J

    Broken Tenons. Repair or Replace Stem?

    Unfortunately I have 6 pipes with broken tenons thanks to an adventurous cat who knocked them off my shelf. In the past all my pipes had generic vulcanite stems so I just replaced them with new ones. Four of this batch either have stem inserts or insignias that I would hate to lose. Does...
  13. J

    Briar Blanks for Pipes

    Mark Tinsky has 16 different pipe kits to choose from. Grecian briar both ebauchon and plateau blocks for both straight and bent pipes http://webshop.amsmoke.com/pipe-kits/
  14. J

    Burak Connoisseur—Shape ID?

    That's not true about Ed not selling any sand blasted pipes. I've got a couple that I purchased in his store. My business was located around the corner from his original shop on 46th street and between 1974 and 1995 when I quit smoking for 20 years I was in his shop several times a month...
  15. J

    Talamona Pipes

    I was browsing Ebay and came across this beautiful looking unsmoked Talamona on the Great-Estate pipes page. I have never heard of this maker and the last thing I need is another pipe (I have 104) but I have a weakness for natural looking straight grain pipes so I threw out a bid anyway. Can...
  16. J

    What Pipe Would You Buy if You Had $200 to Spend?

    Mark Tinsky catalogue shapes start at 175 for coral carves (think searock) and go up from there depending on the finish. He makes a quality product http://webshop.amsmoke.com/mark-tinsky-pipes/catalog-shapes/
  17. J

    My New Charatan

    I can't say I love the shape but that's a really nice looking piece of briar
  18. J

    Is There a Worse Sound...

    I've had much worse. One of our cats loves to climb up on shelves, the higher the better. Last month he got into my library where I keep my pipes and decided to explore the shelf where several of my pipes were sitting knocking 12 of them 51/2 feet to the wood floor below and unfortunately...
  19. J

    Question About Using Everclear

    Reagent grade is not food grade. Isopropyl alcohol is NOT for human consumption! It has a different chemical structure than ethanol. That being said you can clean your pipes or brewing equipment with it with it because it rapidly evaporates, leaves no trace and you can rinse with water to be sure
  20. J

    Question About Using Everclear

    When I was in college we used to get large animal hypodermics from the vet school and inject the watermelons with 190 proof grain alcohol ( a BBQ meat injector also works) and then invite the sorority girls out for a picnic. A good time was had by all