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  1. marcel


    I'd like to ask you guys about Churchwardens pipes. I don't own one but I'm thinking about getting one because…well 'tis the season. Of those of you who own a churchwardens how often do you smoke it. I'm thinking it would be a good pipe to smoke while reading, probably less so good while mowing...
  2. marcel

    GL Pease & Cornell and Diehl

    Has Cornell and Diehl always made the GL Pease blends? And if not when did they start?
  3. marcel

    Scarcity or Abundance

    It's an evolution to be sure. One has to figure out what you like and don't like. I just sold a bunch of pipes to buy a few expensive pipes in the styles I now prefer. As for cellaring tobaccos it's a bit of a crap shoot. I had some thirteen year old Barbary Coast that had really changed into...
  4. marcel

    Scarcity or Abundance

    This maybe an addendum to my last thread about a pipe smoking lifestyle but I think it has wider implications. Do you operate out of a basis of scarcity or abundance? What with the TAD and PAD here, I can guess what most of you will answer. Capitalism is structured on supply and demand but...
  5. marcel


    There's a link on this site in the categories sidebar called The Pipe Smoking Lifestyle which I completely missed. The Pipe Smoking Lifestyle
  6. marcel


    There's a link on this site called The Pipe Smoking Lifestyle which I completely missed. The Pipe Smoking Lifestyle
  7. marcel


    I have recently started buying more than the occasional because I discovered Boveda packs and Tupperware are a cheap way of creating an effective humidor. The more I learned about cigars, I kept hearing the word lifestyle, "the cigar lifestyle". Defined a lifestyle refers to the way in which one...
  8. marcel

    Must-Have Blends for Any Cellar

    I would suggest getting small quantities bulk tobacco of the various blends and try to narrow down the styles of tobaccos you prefer. Pipe smoking is so individualistic you really need to decide what you like first. Virginia based blends benefit most from time in the cellar, aromatics the least...
  9. marcel

    Big Pipes

    Two and a half hours of smoke time! I'd have to schedule that on my calendar, which wouldn't be a bad thing.
  10. marcel

    Big Pipes

    I've recently developed a fascination with big pipes and by big I mean pipes with a chamber diameter over a 22mm and a deep chamber depth. I've read that these larger pipes are not particularly suited for Virginia flake but do better with Balkan or English blends and I'm guessing aromatics. How...
  11. marcel

    Searching for Tati's Pipe

    I am a big fan of Jacques Tati. Compared to the dreck offered up by this evenings Oscars, I find his films human and life affirming. So being a pipe smoker I wanted to find a pipe like Tati's character Hulot smoked in his movies (I've come to discover the pipe was merely a prop and Tati was a...
  12. marcel

    The Peterson Filter

    I've heard people using a piece of pipe cleaner but I think the Savinelli balsam is more absorbent and it doesn't effect the draw as far as I can tell.
  13. marcel

    The Peterson Filter

    This Peterson Shannon is my most recent acquisition. I knew Peterson drill their pipes with a considerable distance between their mortis and tenon. Cutting a third off a Savinelli 6mm balsam filter fills the space quite nicely. Now if I could just find a stand that holds a Bulldog without...
  14. marcel

    Anyone Smoke Just 1 Or 2 Pipes?

    I have gotten into the habit of having two or three pipes and tobaccos at the two locations in my house that I smoke and will rotate those every two or three weeks. This makes it easier to just pick up a pipe and smoke it without having to decide which pipe and tobacco to smoke out of my entire...
  15. marcel

    Vonnegut's Pipe

    Author novelist Kurt Vonnegut's US patent for an Easily Cleaned Tobacco Pipe. Anyone know if this was ever produced?
  16. marcel

    Ever just feel disappointed in a tobacco?

    Edward G. Robinson's Pipe Blend. I couldn't even make it through half a bowl of the stuff. I tried a few more attempts then gave up.
  17. marcel

    The Nationality of Matches

    I never gave the nationality of matches much thought until I watched this Savinelli video. How to Smoke a Pipe Apparently Swedish matches are preferred. Swedish Matches
  18. marcel

    Developing Preferences and Criteria

    I would like to ask the more experienced members of this forum how their preferences in pipe buying developed. I would also ask how they came to be smoking what they smoke but tobacco preferences are more fluid and harder to quantify. I wrote a post a while back in which I said I’d run out of...
  19. marcel - How To Win A Customer For Life

    Wow, I bought a Ropp bent-stemmed Bulldog and it too had some kind of obstruction in the stem. But I had to pay to send the pipe back to Smoking Pipes.
  20. marcel

    First Dunhill

    I've started reading up a bit on Dunhils and see that they started with thin bits on their stems, switched over to a thicker bit in 1976 and then switched back to a bit that was in-between the two. Any opinions on that? The little Comoy sandblast 532 I have has a thinner bit, is that typical of...