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PipeIT

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Nov 14, 2020
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Great looking pipes guys. Keep up the good work buying Jack's pipes. The more we buy the cheaper he can keep his prices.


Well, I don’t know when he last sold the Brindle Bulldog for $295, it’s what the website shows, but he said they are now $325.

I really like the Ring pattern on this Oval Dublin.


I asked to get a similar pattern on the Brindle Bulldog, he said he can’t make it like that, explaining how each pipe is hand done, etc., which of course I understand how another pipe isn’t going to be 100% identical.

Jose Rubio as an example makes ring patterns on many of his pipes all very similar, which is his Signature Look, so I’m not sure why Mr. Howell won’t replicate a pattern like this.

I’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out, I just hope I can get a nice similar ring pattern.
 

PipeIT

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You talking about ring grain blasts?

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Yep, Ring Grain blast(s) like the Oval Dublin I posted a link of, have a look at it, it’s really nice.

Like this... ;)

This makes me drool! LOL rotf Not really, but boy oh boy does the ring blast on this pic look really sweet.! :)

Really nice how it also goes from the heel up along the shank too...

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chasingembers

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Yep, Ring Grain blast(s) like the Oval Dublin I posted a link of, have a look at it, it’s really nice.

Like this... ;)

This makes me drool! LOL rotf Not really, but boy oh boy does the ring blast on this pic look really sweet.! :)

Really nice how it also goes from the heel up along the shank too...

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Reminds me of some of Bruce Weaver's work.

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hoosierpipeguy

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Well, I don’t know when he last sold the Brindle Bulldog for $295, it’s what the website shows, but he said they are now $325.

I really like the Ring pattern on this Oval Dublin.


I asked to get a similar pattern on the Brindle Bulldog, he said he can’t make it like that, explaining how each pipe is hand done, etc., which of course I understand how another pipe isn’t going to be 100% identical.

Jose Rubio as an example makes ring patterns on many of his pipes all very similar, which is his Signature Look, so I’m not sure why Mr. Howell won’t replicate a pattern like this.

I’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out, I just hope I can get a nice similar ring pattern.
I believe they use a different blasting technique. The Carver cannot always guarantee the grain on the briar will perfectly cooperate.
 

Gus

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I'd love to own one of those J Howell's but unfortunately our Customs Authorities sure will ensure that all this will become rather cost prohibitive affair,
let say an original 330$ pipe after shipping and all another sauces' are added will set you back for around 450$-480
yes, that's right, I have been charged in taxes and VAT 103 euros more, the cost of this pipe was 325 USD, with taxes became more than 450 USD.
 

PaulTheScandinavian

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yes, that's right, I have been charged in taxes and VAT 103 euros more, the cost of this pipe was 325 USD, with taxes became more than 450 USD.
over the years I have been paying taxes for every fricking pipe and other items from the US, our Customs would never sleep, and nor does our HighwayPatrol, just today got a ticket for speeding in a sum of 250e,:ROFLMAO:
 
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PipeIT

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I believe they use a different blasting technique. The Carver cannot always guarantee the grain on the briar will perfectly cooperate.

I was just looking at like how Rubio always produces that heavy ring/scale look that is his signature look. Of course these patterns are never 100% identical, but the overall look/style, Mr. Rubio reproduces it.

So when I saw this ring blast on the Howell, I know it would not look 100% identical, but I assumed it could be reproduced to some level or another with some similarities.

I asked Mr. Howell about this, I’m not sure if he fully understood what I was asking, but he made it seem like it can’t even vaguely produce something with a somewhat similar look at all, as if this happened by chance/luck.

There are carvers that repeat patterns over and over, so I was at a loss, as to why I couldn’t get Mr. Howell to do this, even if he has a different technique to it, it should be somewhat reproduced.

Look at Andrea Gigliucci pipes on his site, in his archive he repeats patterns over.


Hmm 🤔
 
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