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alexnc

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I’ve seen a few debates in old strings.

But I’m wondering, is there such thing as a soft piece of briar? I have one that I carved that’s degrading and seems to be burning inside - spiderweb looking cracks in a charred thin layer that comes off with a little scrape. I have 30 or pipes and have carved 6 - and I smoke them all with the same technique - so it’s not like I smoke one of them crazy hot compared to the rest.

I do recall that piece was really white looking. Has anyone experienced anything similar? I would toss a piece that looked really white inside right now.
 
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alexnc

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Sometimes you find a piece of Briar that is partially rotted out. That part is very soft and will burn out very quickly. Did you by chance smell a moldy odor while carving it?
woops, I haven't been here in a while. No, I didn't notice an odor. I did notice it looked unusually white and grainless. The outside has a great grain. Guess I'll smoke it and hope it stops somewhere. Bummer, I liked the pipe a lot.
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