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  1. hugodrax

    Cleaning an Oversmoked Meerschaum

    I've an old Peterson meerschaum from the 1970s I picked up for a song. Scratch and dent special--worn down rim, dented silver band. Problem is it was just oversmoked. It's clearly block from the way it colored and the fact it doesnt have a calcined rim, but it is so heavy with tars it isnt...
  2. hugodrax

    St. Bruno's Day

    October 6 is the Feast Day of St. Bruno, patron saint of Calabria, possessed persons, and pipe smokers.
  3. hugodrax

    Fred Bass Article Help

    This year I only took along one pipe to Tokyo--a very old Andreas Bauer panelled bulldog sort of thing. In twenty years, the meer bug had never bitten me and I only smoked cobs and briars. Well, I've been bitten hard. Mr. Bass seems to be an acknowledged authority, but I can find relatively...
  4. hugodrax

    McConnell Ripe Honeydew

    Odd tobacco. Shag cut, like everything from K und K, exceedingly high quality. But the topping is incredibly odd. Packs effortlessly and needs no false light. Immediately, the smoker is greeted by a blast of clove--very, very similar to a kretek. As smoked, I'd swear this had a rose...