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  1. jttnk

    What Should I Smoke This Evening... An Interactive Game to Share

    Occassionally, I can be indesicive about what to put in my pipe for my chill after dinner smoke. I bet you may have this dilemma too. So, if you are seeing this now before 8:00PM MST Please chime in. Most votes wins and that is what I will pack a bowl of and enjoy! All the choices will be...
  2. jttnk

    My First Meerschaum Clean Up (Restore Light)

    Here’s my first Meerschaum clean up. This pipe was given to me by my brother in law who doesn’t smoke. It belonged to his father who passed away in 1978. It survived in boxes in the closet for the last 43 years. I’d like to imagine he was a loved father, you don’t keep stuff like this around...
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    Found A Treasure In An Antique Store...

    Never have I thought, I would find such pipes in a local antique store. I was perusing an antique store near me for a vintage cigar ashtray. Maybe a pipe rack, or any cool tobacciana . And there they were a bowl with 10 or so crusty looking pipes in it. The as I looked I couldn’t believe what...
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    Disassemble Kiribi Takara to Clean? Anyone Do This?

    Thinking of doing a deep clean on my Kiribati Takara. Sort of want to try disassembling, cleaning, putting back together. How difficult? Good idea, bad idea, anyone with experience? Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  5. jttnk

    Manly, Old School, New School, Aftershaves and More

    I have been searching for a while to find some men’s cologne/ aftershave/ scents that I like. I’ve tried Old Spice and Pinaud’s, but it’s too ho hum after a while. Some of it smells cheap or outdated in not a good way. I just found, and I’m sure I’m not the first, Phoenix Artisan...
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    Thoughts On Special 50th Birthday Pipe.

    So this is the year, October is just 2 months away, the big 50. I thought one (I’m hoping for multiple😉) of the gifts to myself might be a special pipe. I have a modest collection of 30ish pipes. Some cobs, Nordings, Alpha’s, Pete’s, Moretti’s, and various English estates, etc... most...
  7. jttnk

    Tin Arts and Crafts Time

    Had lots of old tins and a hankering for something to do with them. I am guessing this has been done a thousand times, but it was fun. Stretched canvas, exact-o- knife, old tins, black and white printer, and Modgepodge (ask any craft store person, they’ll lead you to it), and a Saturday...
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    Help: Estate Rim Clean Or Sand Or Stain.

    I have recently purchased this cool Jeantet brush carved billiard. It was cleaned when I got it. I did a final salt alcohol soak, ran hot water and alcohol through and it satisfactorily cleansed. I will do coffee grounds to make sure it’s not haunted. Now the question; looking at the images...
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    Tight Airway on my Moretti, Suggestions That Don't Require Shipping To Italy.

    I love my two Moretti pipes. One of them is a Yellow Acrylic stemmed Morta stack billiard. It seems to have a very tight draw. The airway in the stem seems too narrow as well. I know Marco is a fantastic guy and if I asked, he'd probably fix it. However, shipping to Italy and back will cost...
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    Do OJK or Haunted Bookshop Get “Better” “Smoother” with Age in Jar?

    EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9) I have tried both and they seem a bit harsh to me. I’m not getting deep flavors, more cigarette and just smoke if that makes sense. Tried to smoke them slow, but neither one grabs me as great. Being Burley based, do they age at all and mellow...
  11. jttnk

    2 Year Old Mac Baren Navy Flake... What a Difference!

    One of the first tobaccos I bought when I started smoking pipes around the fall of 2017 was Mac Baren’s Navy Flake. I probably fried my newbie tongue a few times then let it sit for a few months. Tried again it was still hard to smoke etc... put it away didn’t really touch it for almost 2...
  12. jttnk

    Tobacco “Home Recipes” Suggestions

    Is there a thread on this already? I sometimes like to mix blends, others have suggested the Parfait packing, wondering what is a great combo with Balkan Supreme? For example, I have found Bold Kentucky with Molto Dulce pretty good. I like to mix some extremes. Or, mixes of totally different...
  13. jttnk

    Alpha Experts? Info Please.

    Any Alpha experts in the house? Picked this up today. Other than Pipedia and Pipephil, not sure how else to find info about Alpha’s. How old, what type of quality etc... this shape is very reminiscent of one of my best smokers, an Alpha calabash with an awesome blast. Hoping this one...
  14. jttnk

    First Attempt: Clean Up Rusticated Pipe. (Shalom)

    Picked up a nice Shalom pipe on ebay. I have never really worked on a rusticated pipe, so best to start with one that was only $13.00. These were the original images. Sorry I didn’t take any when I got it! I just jumped in. My thought was to clean up stem, ream, salt alcohol soak! Strip...
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    Is Packing Any Different in a Wide Calabash Bowl?

    Inspired by some discussion the other day here, I pulled out my gourd calabash to smoke. The bowl is porcelain, deep, and very wide. I was having plenty of relights with some Black House. Seemed very tough to keep lit. With a wide bowl, does one pack tighter? Looser? Or, is this width...
  16. jttnk

    First Pipe Club Meeting

    Went to my first pipe club meeting at my local shop. Shout out to Ye Olde Pipe & Tobacco in Phx,AZ. It was a very cool evening event, a blending demonstration and discussion about tobacco with Jeremy Reeves of Cornell & Diehl. What a great guy, he was so down to earth and generous with his...
  17. jttnk

    Help Me Select The Most “Peteiest” Peterson

    Gents and Ladies! I have but one Peterson out of 30 or so pipes. It’s a recent Donegal Rocky Apple (straight). I have a birthday coming up and I was thinking of something Peterson. I want to know what is the quintessential must have (under say $200) Pete? Is it an estate from a certain...
  18. jttnk

    Second attempt at Restoration (lot's of pics) JPS Custom Made

    I purchased this pipe from cool vintage shop near my office. $15.00. JPS I found out is Jon's Pipe Shop of Missouri. Not sure who makes them for Jon's, but the walls are thick, and stem cleaned up well. Tested the crazy glue on a scuffed slanted outer rim of the bowl (towards the back of...
  19. jttnk

    Epic Fail: Attempt To Do Too Much As a Noob “Restorer” Not!

    Thank goodness this is a $9.00 pipe! Bowl reamed, stumble cleaned with Murphy’s oil soap, sand with micro mesh, rub a bit of mineral oil, salt alcohol soaking... all good so far. Stem, soaked in oxiclean, sanded all the way through micro mesh pads 12000. Rouge, obsidian oil, wipe, wax...
  20. jttnk

    First Estate Restoration/Clean Up. Nording Freehand.(Pic Heavy)

    Finished my fires "resortarion" although it's really more like a clean up of a nice pipe in fairly decent shape. But, you gotta start somewhere. Reamed, Salt/Alcohol, clean shank, soak and micromesh stem, Obsidian Oil, Buff and wax with Drill Mount buffing wheel. I am a little converened with...