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James8855

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How did people in the past clean their briar pipes?
 
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Epip Oc'Cabot

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Ha! In the time B.P.C. (Before Pipe Cleaners)? Hell, half the time I cannot find a pipe cleaner handy and have used a feather or a twig the long stem on a leaf of a tree, or even a strand of soft electrical wire myself in the current time too!!! 🙂

But, more seriously... I had read about the feather before too. It seems logical, and I suspect before pipe cleaners people used all manner of things they coupe jury-rig for the task. And, of course, small knives of all sorts back then and now were used to ream bowls.
 

chasingembers

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Clays were just placed in with hot coals to burn everything away. Folks used to just smoke a pipe until it couldn't be smoked anymore then buy another. They just saw them as tools. A view I share, but I do like cleaning them up.

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