Loses and Fails

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owen

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Guys what are your most terrible loses such as pipes dropped over board, tins of tobacco falling open into puddles etc/
I have been reading on the forum today of buffing wheel disasters which I am sure i will soon be experiencing to go in my back catalogue of woodworking disasters.
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conlejm

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Ok, here is one that still causes me to chuckle. A few months ago I bought a 5lb sack of Peter Stokkebye Proper English; a nice inexpensive "working man's" English blend. My plan was to transfer the tobacco into large mason jars (I think they are 64oz; really big ones). While I was putting the tobacco in the jars I was reading this Forum for cellaring tips and tricks. One person recommended putting the jars in hot water for a while and then capping them; as the jars/tobacco cool off, it will create a vacuum inside the jar. This sounded like a good idea, so I stuck a few of these big jars in the sink with their caps off, and I turned the tap on full hot and began to fill the sink, while I continued to transfer the remaining tobacco to jars. Soon I heard clanking of glass coming from the sink and I saw that as the water level rose, it caused my jars to float ... and tip over ... and fill with hot water. I had about two pounds of tobacco in those jars and they were ruined; completely soaked. So now I do not heat my mason jars. Lesson learned. At least it was not a costly lesson; maybe a $50 loss.

 

sailorjeremy

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Lesson learned: If you're a lefty, don't clench your pipe on the left side of your mouth while shooting an M4 assault rifle. Or else, hot brass WILL bounce off the pipe and into your shirt. OUCH! :x

 

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natibo

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The day my son got in trouble for drugs at school I was smoking a Dunhill. I dropped it (resulting in a scrape) and smoked it so hard I got burn out :cry: :oops:

 

grouchydog

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Had an absolutely gorgeous Ben Wade freehand sitter that my friends gave me for high school graduation in 1984. Stayed with me with every move I made, including to our current home. Searched for it when I started smoking pipes last year; it's gone - I've torn up the house looking for it. I think I probably pitched it in a crap-purging fit. Breaks my heart.....

 

zack24

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May 11, 2013
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Maybe 30 years ago I carved a figural dragon pipe- probably spent 30 hours on it. Some low-life stole it from my display case at my shop in Opryland...

 

lostandfound

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When I'm half way through a bowl and the MF'er decides it's not going to stay lit for more then ten seconds no matter how I puff, tamp, or relight, then it starts tasting ashy and I have to settle for smoking half a bowl. That's a half a bowl I lost.

 

settersbrace

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Mar 20, 2014
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Split a Randy Wiley freehand in two when I smacked it off a shop cabinet door and it hit the concrete. It was as if I was watching it unfold in slow motion.

 

theboz

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Mar 12, 2013
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I have been lucky enough to avoid any of these issues, however one is bound to happen sometime. I almost had the same issue with the water tipping over the jars, but I found that if you use a cooking pot and pack the jars in so that they are all touching it can be prevented.

 

sablebrush52

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As I was learning this hobby and the ways of the briar, I killed any number of pipes through overuse, undercleaning, smoking too hot, etc. But the dumbest happened earlier this year with a Pre-Trans Barling Canadian. I absentmindedly slipped it into a pants pocket while ordering at a burger joint and neglected to remove it before sitting down. I shattered the shank at the end of the mortise. I could have it mended, but it's one of the few really bad pipes that I have bought over the years. I kept on giving it a try with a different blend in hopes that one would click with it, it killed everything. So perhaps it deserved to die.

 

condorlover1

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Outside of my fabled 'exploding meerschaum' I have had a couple of memorable pipe moments a few of which I have commented on here over time. I had a neighbor when I lived in the country in the UK who used to shoot my clay pipe with a BB gun which was very annoying. I have had a few 'thirds' or rejects explode and fire filler all over the place whilst smoking in a bar. I have dropped tobacco pouches never to be seen again, but touch would I have been rather lucky over the years.

 

ejames

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Lesson learned: If you're a lefty, don't clench your pipe on the left side of your mouth while shooting an M4 assault rifle. Or else, hot brass WILL bounce off the pipe and into your shirt. OUCH! [:x]
I must remember that!!

 

bubblehead33

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Mar 17, 2012
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Lost the stem from my Brigham pipe. Not a high dollar pipe but the first "good" pipe I bought. Had it with me at work one day, took it apart to clean it and never seen the stem again.

 

daimyo

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May 15, 2014
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In my younger days I was dating a girl for a short time. It started out well enough but soon the crazy started to show. Within a few weeks she was even trying to change the way I showered, insisting I had to douse myself in cold water after my hot shower. When I sat her down in a neutral setting to explain that it just wasn't going to work, she launched into a rant about how each man is a thorn in a bush that was ruining her. It made me uncomfortable enough that I never went back to her place to retrieve my Chacom and a handful of CD's. I now regret that hesitancy because it was my best Chacom. It was a french take on the classic bull/Rhodesian shape and I've yet to see another like it.

 
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