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Dec 3, 2021
Bagshot Row, Hobbiton
Do a search for Large tobacco pipe and you will be surprised what pops up.

Sep 9, 2023
Seeing is believing. That’s a bear paw with brats sticking out of it.

Also, I’m not sure what truck you’re driving but it brings back memories of the days when I was driving a recycling truck around town. It was a good gig and seeing your pic is definitely nostalgic.
02 gmc Sierra. I hate this truck, it tries to kill me everytime I work on it. It has crushed me 3 times.
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Jan 7, 2023
Casa Grande, AZ
If you like the pipe(s) you’ve got, you don’t necessarily need bigger ones.

Fill bowl without sticking finger in, put more on top and “bridge” bowl with pad of finger, pushing down but not poking in. Do this until bowl is firm, yet springs back a bit. Then bridge bowl with pad of finger and twist pipe to finish tobak to be twist packed just below rim.

Or take about as much tobak as you think you’ll need and rub it loosely into a wad a bit wider than bowl, then twist it down into bowl, and cap bowl with pad of finger and twist it just below rim.

The “three step” bowl pack sucks, in my opinion.
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May 20, 2023
Connecticut (shade leaf tobacco country)

Ribbon cut tobacco lands in the pipe on its own from scooping it from a jar or dropping it in and tapping the bowl. The finger just kind of pats it down with just the part where where the swirl of fingerprint is. The another scoop gets a shaggy top and again the pad of the finger pushes it a bit down and that's it. Light and go. I never push past that. I load pipes with small chambers like this.

Cube cut, flake or plug, coins and ropes are all are made so they can be stuffed which do not require finger tamp or rubbed out and loaded like ribbon.

Tamps are used after lighting for obvious reasons but I suppose a well seasoned finger might tamp without being burned. In your case you can use a tampers after lighting.