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    WTB: Freyborg & Treyer Cut VA Plug. Shipping to Canada.

    Recently discovered this lovely blend and want to get started on stocking up. PM me with your shipped price. E-transfer only, please. Cheers!
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    I Am Going To Be A Father!

    Sunday afternoon I got a text from an ex girlfriend informing me that against all odds (trying for seven years, medical impossibility type odds) she is pregnant with a boy. We broke up because I wanted kids of my own, but she couldn't have any. There were some other factors but that was the...
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    Freyborg and Treyer Cut Virginia Plug. Best Straight VA Flake?

    I opened a tin of F&T Cut VA Plug the other day and I think I've finally found something to give Mac Baren a run for their money. The tin note was reminiscent of wine, red and hearty. The flakes are nearly twice the width of a Mac Baren flake, mostly dark in colour with plenty of variant...
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    Pipes and Paraphernalia Patina Porn Thread.

    That's right! A thread dedicated to the buildup of wear and tear and the ravages of time on pipes and pipe paraphernalia! Please only post pictures of patina you yourself have caused or have come to own, whether by inheritance or savvy purchase or strange dumb luck or any combination thereof...
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    Abused Work Pipes!

    I may have "enhanced" the rim profile with a torch but the patina is coming along nicely. I've been using this at work and truth be told I would be devastated if it broke or got lost. Kinda defeating the purpose of a work pipe but this cob has grown on me. Anyways, let's see your work pipes...
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    You're Having a Mid-Life Crisis, but...

    So you're living your life as you are right now, covid included, and suddenly you have a mid-life crisis (if you're older, let's pretend you're not, still same life but you have more of it left). What is your crisis and what is the silver lining that pulls you through? I'll go first. Oh, and...
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    I Found Things on Sale or Thank Goodness I'm Single...

    I figure why not? Been thinking about all the tools I need to make pipes and the simplest answer was "just get a lathe". Trying to find the right bit for chambers? Nah, just get good with your chisel. Took a lump of briar for a test spin. Pretty fun stuff, safety gear included of course...
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    Lovely New Zippo.

    Picked up this little gem after watching a YouTube video of a couple old dudes talking about tobacco. One of the guys was using a regular Zippo and the other had one with a pipe insert. Both seemed to be lighting their pipes pretty nonchalantly but I really liked the way the pipe insert seemed...
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    Resurrected Cherrywood.

    My first pipe. Turns out it wasn't so bad after all. Took off the bubbly thick finish and garish stain, cut down the stem and added a keyring accent. Also cleaned out the bowl and noticed something neat. This pipe shamelessly steals the Peterson System drilling! This combined with the huge...
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    A Corner Cob!

    Decided to start into my briar block last night and then got distracted making a "cob" out of an off-cut. Still quite a bit of polishing to do, but she smokes. I left some plateau on the front, but also wanted to see what the grain looked like under it. I'll post some more pictures when it's...
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    Help Identify This Wood?

    Figured I'd try and save my first pipe from the ignominy of the junk drawer. Assuming of course it's smokeable! I believe this is cherry, but I wanted to check here first before trying a bowl. Might do some reshaping and cut down the stem a bit if it's worth it. Sorry, no end grain without...
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    Finance a Volvo or Buy a Mustang?

    I have a bit of cash, looking at a new car. I can drop a grand next payday and get a 2010 Volvo s40 or I can wait and save a bit for a 1980 Mustang 5.0 LX in mint condition for twelve grand. Three grand more than the Volvo and financing would have to wait three months. I'm a fox body guy...
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    Sutliff Voodoo Queen Review.

    So, after having smoked this blend for about a week I feel like I can write an honest review about it. It's supposedly an English mix, but it doesn't have any Orientals so, not sure what's up with that. There is some other stuff in there too, but it's got Latakia. Waaaay too much of it (if...
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    Pipe Lighting Techniques, Reality or Left Handed Pipe Wrench?

    "Hold the flame half an inch away from the pipe" ... is as to pipe smoking as... "Get me a left handed pipe wrench" ... is to working construction. Just an observation from a "new pipe smoker". Time, distance? Get me a bucket of steam for the board stretcher while you're at it. Asinine...
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    Badge Info for smokingpipes.com?

    So, I'm just looking at my profile here on SP and I notice I have a badge that gives me 5% off my next order. Pretty neat but I can't find any information on the different badges or how to get them. Could someone help a guy out here? It occurs to me that I could just email them and ask...
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    Medico Varsity Bent Dublin.

    Thought I'd share my latest surrender to PAD. A Medico Varsity Dublin! Picked this up for less than $40 CAN. It's pretty alright. Smokes well and clenches nicely. I was wanting something for work that I could smoke on break and wouldn't be disappointed too much if it broke or got lost. This...
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    Pipes wth Dublin Chambers?

    So I'd like another of these tight Dublin chambers on my next pipe, sort of like the one on my Lumberman. Depth and diameter aren't really a concern, I'd prefer one that isn't huge. More important is the actual shape of the chamber. I can get my ring finger into my Lumberman about halfway...
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    Why Press?

    I thought I'd pose the question to the armchair experts and see what we turn up. Why do manufacturers press tobacco into plugs or flake cuts? When was the first occurence of tobacco being pressed and cut? What purpose did it serve then and now and how has this process changed, if at all...
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    Rusticated Brigham to Fix Excessive Fills.

    So this was my third pipe, a Brigham 316. Got it at a bit of a discount because of the stem oxidization. Took it home to find that it was full of fills! Seven fills on the bowl and shank, seems to me this stummel should have never gotten a three dot stem, but what do I know? Well I'll tell...
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    AWOL, Back Now. Smoking Mac Baren til the Cows Come Home....

    EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9) Well it seems this is the last corner of the internet where sanity maintains some semblance of grip, so I'm back! And boy do I have stories to tell! Well, not really but whatever. We're all just sitting here smoking and shooting the breeze...