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post #91 of 146
I can't say Amazon is the best place to get pipes, but I like using a kindle and find it's convenient size and weight make it ideal to take with me if I want to sit outside somewhere and have a smoke.
post #92 of 146
Any views here on the practice of smearing the bowl of your pipe with honey, both prior to smoking it initially and as a means of freshening your pipe? I seem to find it quite efficacious, but I have the sense that it is probably abhorrent to purists.

I don't know if anybody else here can remember the "Yello Bole" pipes from the '50s. They came with some sort of yellow stuff lining the bole that was supposed to be honey--although it looked sort of plasticky and unlike any honey I ever saw.

Later:
(Oh, looking into the matter, I see they still exist, but the pipes are now made from some sort of synthetic material. They were more conventional in the days of my youth. I have the sense they were sort of downmarket back then and still are.)
post #93 of 146
I have heard of Yello-bole pipes, but never seen one - the plasticky honey lining seems revolting.
I have also heard of smearing a new pipe with honey, coating it with rum and other stuff, though to get it started, nit as a refresher. EIther way, I don't seem the point. On the other hand, if you have done it and like the results, that seems like a pretty good reason to keep doing it. All I do with a new pipe is smoke it more carefully and slowly in the beginning until the inside has a nice carbon coating.
post #94 of 146
bump - in case there might be interest in this thread.
post #95 of 146
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bump - in case there might be interest in this thread.
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post #96 of 146
I've switched pipe tobaccos.
post #97 of 146
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I've switched pipe tobaccos.
To what?

I still smoke mostly Stonehaven, but also a variety of Virginia flakes. Today I have with me Bob's Chocolate Flake:
"The main characteristics of this flake come from the 8% Latakia included in the blend and the smooth chocolate aroma. Brazilian, Zimbabwe and Malawi Virginia leaf make up 82% of the blend providing a mild/medium smoke cooled with the addition of 8% Malawi sun cured and 2% Malawi Burley. The Latakia cools but also adds strength and aroma. The cocoa casings and chocolate top flavors are rounded off with vanilla and other flavors providing sweet notes in this very unique and popular blend." (it is a lot like Stonehaven, but with a slightly sweeter rather than musty character)

I have put aside Latakia-heavy mixtures, for the most part, until after the summer.
post #98 of 146
Right now a McClelland #24 Virginia
post #99 of 146
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Matt, I need to get a hold of some of that SF 'baccy before winter.

The new house is going to be so perfect for a bowl outside this winter. I cannot wait.
post #100 of 146
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Matt, I need to get a hold of some of that SF 'baccy before winter.
The new house is going to be so perfect for a bowl outside this winter. I cannot wait.
What is "SF" tobacco?
post #101 of 146
Pease Telegraph Hill. Really nice stuff.
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Pease Telegraph Hill. Really nice stuff.
Don't recall if I tried that. I have tried Pease's Fillmore and liked it. They must be different, though the descriptions make them sound like they are in the same family. What I remember most about Fillmore is that the smoke stinks and sticks to you the way nothing else I've smoked does. It is the one tobacco my wife complains about.
post #103 of 146
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Yesterday morning, I arrived in Rome for a week of sports camp and vacation. Since our room wasn't ready, my wife, daughter and I set to wandering the city. This is our third summer here, and the city was familiar, but I thought that on our way to a stock up on food for the weekend, I would seek out Paolo Becker's shop. Musico and Becker was easy enough to find, since it was on our way and not far from the Trevi Fountain. When we got there, Mr. Musico was sitting in the front smoking a pipe and greeted us warmly. First, as you may know, he and Becker split some time ago, and while the shop still bears Becker's name and Musico was quite complimentary of Becker's work, they no longer have any connection. The shop itself is unlike any I have seen. It is just pipes. Cases and cases of pipes. Not even tobacco, and there are probably a thousand or more of them. If you have ever been to a good Italian haberdasher, the experience is the same. Mention one thing you like, and out comes a drawer full of similar ones. The four of us spoke for quite a while and my ten year old daughter got to watch Musico's son, Massimo, work on a bamboo shanked pipe while I looked at some interesting estate pipes. I was especially drawn to an early Musico & Becker silver mounted Prince that I almost bought. Instead, on the way out I changed my mind and bought a beautiful silver mounted two heart Paolo Becker full bent billiard with a saddle military mount and a fantastic cross grain.

After a nice lunch and shower, I dressed and went out to run some errands. I took my new (old) Becker and a baccyflap filled with House of Calabash Ancient Burley (two 50 year old tobaccos) and went for a walk. There were two minor mishaps. The shop where I was going for a repair on a handbag my wife had bought last summer was closed. Also, I had taken the wrong baccyflap and had grabbed the Lord Craven's Talone instead. Neither was fatal. My wife can call to headquarters in Milan for the missing part, and I was perfectly happy to fill the pipe with what I had, and decided to head back to Musico's. When I got there, it had turned into a mini clubhouse with a few customers/friends sitting, smoking and talking. I had a delightful time, especially with Massimo who, in addition to talking about the history of craft in Italy and England (we have different but complementary expertise) shared with me his dissertation length theory on the connection between Marvel Comic's The Fantastic Four and images of American empire, hegemony and decline. It was quite good, though I had to point out that he hadn't accounted for Alicia Masters. Of course, I also looked at a great deal of pipes. I had my eye on one in particular, but as I left empty handed, am typing on a blackberry and am finally now enjoying that bowl of Ancient Burley (in an Upshall Prince), the rest will have to wait.

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Still in Roma. I found Paolo Becker's studio, but it was closed when I went by, and I am not sure I will be able to visit during his open hours. I do need to get back to see Giorgio and Massimo Musico. In the meantime, I lent my new Becker pipe to one of the people in my camp for a bowl of Lord Craven's Talone, while I had a bowl of Ancient Burley in a Van Erck Dublin. My hotel has a great garden, which is perfect for an evening smoke, of which I have been glad to take advantage.

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Well . . . I did manage to visit Paolo Becker. I had some free time on a Thursday afternoon, when he was open, and stopped in. I am not sure whether it was good or bad luck, but he told me the Chicago show had cleaned him out. He had no finished pipes at all, so he instead show me the pipes he was working on and gave me a tour of the workshop. A beautiful flame grain pick axe was nearly done, with only the bending of the stem and the stamping to be done. Be on the lookout!! He has quite a number of morta blocks drying as well as lots of nice plateau and strawberry wood. He also showed me a set of huge sandblasts he had made for the U.S. market. Much too large for me to think of as anything but novelty pieces.

After some time with Becker, I went back to the Musico shop. That place is really a treasure and I urge anyone who gets anywhere near Rome to pay them a visit. Giorgio is a wonderful man with an encyclopedic knowledge of pipes. And as usual, I spent lots of time talking with Massimo, his son and one of the three (or four?) pipe carvers. Like his father, Massimo has a very definite appreciation for the classic pipe shapes and I was lucky to see three of their high grade pipes that had been finished that week. I also looked at a high grade prince, with a beautiful, elegant thin stem and a very wide fluted silver band. The Prince had been calling to me all week, but I instead bought a long shanked tall billiard with fantastic straight grain. In part, I chose it because it is rare to see such a classic shape aligned with such good grain, and in part because Massimo's initials were on it as the carver. For the record, it is a Musico Foundation, Floodlight, Triple, MM (brand, line, grade, carver). I also bought a silver banded, faux military shanked cross-grained pot from 1991 - the beginning of the Musico & Becker partnership. This was made by Brebbia.
So, in all, on this trip I bought a Musico, a Becker and a Musico and Becker.
post #104 of 146

I asked this question a while ago but didn't get an answer and it occured to me again recently.

 

It was regarding drink pairings... with cigars it's almost a given I pick a cigar and I pick a drink to acompany it. Pipes on the other hand, maybe because of the wide variety of tobbaco flavours etc seem to stand on their own more.

 

Do you typically have a drink along with your pipe, or not at all and is there specific drinks that pair well with certain tobbaco's?

post #105 of 146
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I asked this question a while ago but didn't get an answer and it occured to me again recently.

It was regarding drink pairings... with cigars it's almost a given I pick a cigar and I pick a drink to acompany it. Pipes on the other hand, maybe because of the wide variety of tobbaco flavours etc seem to stand on their own more.

Do you typically have a drink along with your pipe, or not at all and is there specific drinks that pair well with certain tobbaco's?

I usually smoke pipes while walking, so no real drink pairings for me. On the occasions when I do smoke in one place, I drink water. Any of the brown liquors would seem good to me with just about any tobacco I smoke, though drinking alcohol while smoking does increase the health risk so I don't do it much (outdoor restaurants on my recent trip to Italy where really the only occasion).
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