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  1. rmcnabb

    Jack Hargreaves Tribute Pipe

    If you aren't familiar with Jack Hargreaves, his Youtube videos about English country life and traditions are absolutely addictive. He wasn't actually the farm boy he makes himself out to be - he was born in London - but he presented pre-war England perfectly. I never liked Falcon pipes but he...
  2. rmcnabb

    Question on 4 Noggins 5/23/24

    Several times. Not a hitch, all was well. Their website is primitive compared to the big guys.
  3. rmcnabb

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2024?***

    That's a lovely pipe shape, need to get one like that.
  4. rmcnabb

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2024?***

    How is the Sutliff Brown VA Flake? I keep discovering new things from Sutliff. I've only ever seen a Wessex Brown VA Flake.
  5. rmcnabb

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2024?***

    I have tried the Stoved Virginia, and I do like it. It's very very mild and sweet, would make a great transition from aeros. Personally it's a little one-note for me. I use it in my personal blend that I call "Dreadnought", which is 1/2 C&D Exclusive and 1/2 Stoved VA. It's my night time...
  6. rmcnabb

    Initial Enthusiasm Resulted in Acquisition Disorders

    I have heard of this "over buying" - certainly never experienced it MYSELF, but I know of it in others. Don't look at it as over-acquisition, look at it as under-desiring. Learn to love all of them for various reasons, like we do with our uglier children and dumber dogs. But if you want to...
  7. rmcnabb

    MBSD PAD slip up.

    Woops! I got married once like that. Lovely pipe - I hope it doesn't run off to Myrtle Beach with the UPS driver.
  8. rmcnabb

    My First Commissioned Pipe (Abe Herbaugh)

    Wow, you nailed it. I adore that aesthetic - nobody does perfect stems and beautiful metal ferrule rings like the Danes. I'm a Neerup/Jeppesen addict for this reason. I guess I have to add West Virginia into that mix!
  9. rmcnabb

    Morta Pipes Experiences?

    I've worked so much oak in so many different forms and capacities from firewood to fine home furnishings, that I'm mortally afraid of oak splinters. I can't look at some of the photos I've seen of morta pipes without reaching for a pair of leather gloves.
  10. rmcnabb

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2024?***

    I remember those ads! I also seem to remember him from Police Story - one of the great repositories of "hey! it's that guy!" character actors in the world.
  11. rmcnabb

    ***What Are You Smoking, May 2024?***

    I can NOT get off my addiction to Sutliff Virginia Slices. It's really good, and that goodness persists. I like it better than Luxury Navy Flake which always seems harsh. I have a lot of LNF on hand but it's going to be a deep cellar item to come back to in a couple of years. Slices I find...
  12. rmcnabb

    JimInks, I've Gotta Ask.

    I really appreciate and enjoy JimInks reviews, but not for the palate notes, which I know I'm just genetically not predisposed to pick up. I don't know what a "dry soda" flavor is for instance. Palate is such a personal thing based on personal experience and how YOU taste the world (how...
  13. rmcnabb

    Beat the Gurgling!! Here's how . . . . .

    I'm working in a new Peterson now - the draft hole is pretty dang high in the chamber, and it smokes like a champ. (It's also very high in the stem hole - you can forget passing a pipe cleaner without disassembly.) Dry and consistent. And that's with VA flakes - to me the most problematic...
  14. rmcnabb

    Seek Larger Peterson.

    Thanks very much for the advice. I never was an Oom Paul guy so it looks like a House pipe might fill the size and style.
  15. rmcnabb

    Seek Larger Peterson.

    Title edited for caps and brevity. Original: Help me with my next (larger) Peterson I just bought my first new, in the box, sock and all, Peterson. After lots of perusin', I set to choosin', and I got a lovely Christmas 2023 model 230, sandblast. To me it's the perfect full bent shape...
  16. rmcnabb

    How Much is Too Much?

    The old timers used to live with a pipe in their mouth. Tolkien said "Every morning I wake up and think, Ahhh...another 24 hours of pipe smoking."
  17. rmcnabb

    Look What I Found…

    I'm on the wait list at all the online stores for Full VA Flake. No doubt they'll email me any...day...now...
  18. rmcnabb

    Look What I Found…

    “Is that a Penzance in your pocket or…”
  19. rmcnabb

    Look What I Found…

    I haven’t opened my single tin of Sansepulcro! I got the very last one that I saw for sale and I guess I’m saving it for…something? Im sure I will pop this Penzance. My cellar is half twenty year old tins and have 3 month old. I need to start enjoying the old stuff while waiting for the babies...
  20. rmcnabb

    Smoking to the Bottom of the Bowl.

    I just pack based on draw. It should be slightly harder to draw on the packed bowl than an empty one. If you’re able to mash the tobacco into a shape and it holds that shape, to me that’s too wet. Also I look at the bottom eighth inch of tobacco as basically a filter. If you do light it, to...