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  1. jah76

    RC Sands Pipe Shoutout

    I normally don't do this sort of thing but I have to say I have just had a fantastic experience which Chuck "RC" Sands and his pipes. For those of you who don't know, Chuck makes and sells his own pipes (Smoker's Haven has a few) under the name RC Sands. What you get are good solid pipes...
  2. jah76

    Oriental's and VaPerOr's Experiences

    So I've been falling down the rabbit hole of enjoying several blends with a more "Oriental" bend to them. I have a few thoughts and then a few questions. 1. The term Oriental is HUGE and confusing. One minute it's used to describe Latakia but blends with Latakia are called Latakia blends and...
  3. jah76

    McCelland's Tudor Castle Thoughts

    I was originally going to just PM this to Cortez and Roth because our tastes can be quite similiar but I figured that was rather silly, when I could just tell everyone. I know I'm still in the honeymoon phase of this tobacco but I've really been enjoying Tudor Castle. It's got that McCelland's...
  4. jah76

    Lane Limited's LEO- Early Thoughts

    I've smoked about 8ish bowls of this tobacco so far and it came up in conversation in another thread. I didn't want to go too off topic in that thread so here are my thoughts (not so much a review) of LEO by Lane. First off, I haven't experienced many English blends and those I'm attracted to...
  5. jah76

    How To Tell If A Stem Is Hand Cut?

    Is there a hard and fast rule to tell if a stem is hand cut? I notice many stems that I've been told are hand cut are much thinner and the buttons seems to "rounded" and smaller in some cases. Are there any tell tale signs that can help identify one? Specifically on some of the older English...
  6. jah76

    Rescued Peterson's w/ Pics

    I grabbed these two off an ebay lot of four pipes. I had a hard hunch the white one was a Peterson meer, but I wasn't sure about the black one. I figured at best it was a Pioneer. (Not knocking Pioneer, they just get confused a lot with Peterson's on ebay) Much to my surprise they both we're...
  7. jah76

    Pipemaker Frank Genna: Information?

    I purchased an estate that Frank Genna made. It had a "good" vibe and I'm partial to apple-ish shapes. I was wondering if anyone had any information about him. I've googled him a bit and all I could find was the following... He supposedly didn't like hiding flaws, none of "his" websites work...
  8. jah76

    Cracked Peterson Restoration, Pics

    I picked this up for $18 bucks via ebay. It's a Peterson 303 System Pipe. When I bid on it I had no idea if the crack went all the way through the bowl or not. I knew the cracks went around most of the bowl but I had no idea they we're almost a perfect circle around the entire pipe. However I...
  9. jah76

    Dr. Grabow Restoration, Trying Rustication, Pics

    I picked up this pipe with the express purpose of butchering it. I stripped, topped it, rounded the bowl to try and even it out a bit, cleaned it, and sanded it. I then used my dremel to turn a screw driver into a rustication tool and then proceeded to stab myself in the hand about 8 times and...
  10. jah76

    Weber Scoop Restore Pics

    I have a soft spot for Weber pipes and wanted to try my hand at staining. Up till now I've just been stripping, sanding, and doing stems. It turned out alright...the I should have stained the top separate. I didn't think about the stain pooling. I used the bic lighter method on the stem...
  11. jah76

    Which Do You Pick First? Pipe or Tobacco?

    Just curious. I was staring into my ibrik this morning and thinking about rituals. My mind wandered to smoking and I found myself realizing I picked out which pipe I wanted to smoke out more often then which tobacco I wanted to smoke. This is odd for me since I tend to be more focused on...
  12. jah76

    The Tobacco Buying Process- How?

    I'm generally curious about how blending companies buy and store their stock. Do they purchase a large amount of raw or pre-processed leaf for the their specific blends and keep it on hand for a few years? Do they buy it by the year? I imagine it would be a combination of the two. The reason...
  13. jah76

    H&H Anniversary Kake Question

    Hello. I've got a question for you AnniKake smokers. I'm stating the following in case it matters on the age at the time it was tinned. I opened up some of my Anniversary Kake and it was EXTREMELY moist. Like I could have squeezed it together and gotten juice if I pressed it hard enough...
  14. jah76

    Bloomington Indiana Pipe Shops?

    I've got a conference to go to this week in Bloomington Indiana and besides Briar and Burley are their any other shops to hit? I'm stuck car pooling in a city vehicle so between that and the conference I don't have a ton of time. I'm not really in need of a new pipe but any recommendations on...
  15. jah76

    Impression: Newminster Superior Round Slices

    Initial Impressions, not a "proper" review. And I'll mention while I am a new smoker I bring it up not as an excuse or insecurity. I think it's important to keep a contextual reference due to the body of experience with tobaccos and smoking methods that "time served" brings. Appearance: I am...
  16. jah76

    Initial Newbie Tobacco Impressions

    Initial Newbie Impressions- These aren't reviews or notes. Just hiccups as I meander around the world of pipe tobacco. Dunhill Early Morning Pipe. Something died in this tin. Smokes without complication. Tastes best at night, where you can lean back and pick apart the layers. I can't...
  17. jah76

    Pipe Shops in Racine WI?

    I'm heading to Racine this friday for a unexpected visit. I've been looking online but I can't find/confirm any shops that sell pipes and pipe tobacco. I'll be turning around the same day and driving back home and it isn't exactly a fun visit. Just curious. I'm going through Chicago, but I...
  18. jah76

    "What is Spiderwebbing?"

    I saw an estate on a sponsor's site that mentioned the pipe having "spider webbing" in terms of damage. They just had one pic so I couldn't really see what they we're talking about. I've seen a few older pipes with hairline cracks in the inner bowl, is that what they are referring to? Thanks...
  19. jah76

    An Ode to my Bulldog

    I freely admit this is melodramatic but Brandy may or may have not been involved while I was thinking of it. It is a repost from my tumblr log. The Bulldog. It’s a name and description we toss around with immediate familiarity. Phrases such as “built like a Bulldog” and “Bulldog determination”...
  20. jah76

    Identifying This Pipe

    Long story short I'm looking to identify this maker of this pipe. I've googled it and searched the forums here but I'm coming up blank. A bit of back history in case it helps "line up" clues. It was my grandfather's and he was a very practical man due to his childhood. I can't imagine him...