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Old 08-31-2013, 06:13 AM   #61
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I smoke a pipe that belonged to my grandfather.

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I have some briars that are over a hundred years old, that I smoke now and then. For quit awhile I got into collecting trading and selling old pipes. I'd hunt estate sales and yard sales for gems in the rough. Pick em up cheap. Clean them up, sanitize them, polish them. Research what I could find about them and then sell them for a good profit.

A properly cared for briar will last a very: very long time...

If a person wants to start out then go with a Missouri Merscham (cob pipe) your local tobacconist will have a few in stock. Learn to pack them correctly , ignite properly, and smoke them slow. If after a month or so you think a pipe is for you then start looking for a good used briar and learn how to clean them up.

Then buy you a top of the line custom well into your new hobby. They're also kits available to make your own briar pip. They come in a monolith drilled slab that you relief carve a shape into pretty simple with a basic tool set.

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I passed up about 20 pipes at a flea market last weekend. All of them needed new stems because they were chewed through.

How do you tell a briar from the others?

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I'm currently toking on a $20 Yello-Bole.

It's heavy. It gets hot. The yellow coating inside the bowl has come away long ago. Occasionally it gets a funky ammonia taste/smell that comes and goes (I think I'm smoking it too hot), and builds up condensation like a mofo.

I hate it. But, It's what I've got at the moment. May pick up a cob on pay day.

My first, and best pipe that I've had (out of 5 total) was made from a 1X2X4 strip of Red Oak. I made it much like the kit that was mentioned. I drilled a hole for the bowl (3/4"), and a hole for the stem. I didn't even measure the stem hole. I went to the local gas station and picked up a cheap 75 cent cob pipe, and pulled the plastic stem from it, and inserted it into mine. Perfect fit, luck of the draw I guess.

It was light weight and compact enough that I could keep it clamped between my teeth for hours on end, gently letting the smoke roll through my mouth. When it was smoked out, I could drop it in my shirt pocket where it could hang out unobtrusively indefinitely. It NEVER got hot. The only issue was that it tasted like burnt wood until I got it good and seasoned. That only took about three days.

I lost it somewhere. It just disappeared into thin air.

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I have some briars that are over a hundred years old, that I smoke now and then. For quit awhile I got into collecting trading and selling old pipes. I'd hunt estate sales and yard sales for gems in the rough. Pick em up cheap. Clean them up, sanitize them, polish them. Research what I could find about them and then sell them for a good profit.

A properly cared for briar will last a very: very long time...

If a person wants to start out then go with a Missouri Merscham (cob pipe) your local tobacconist will have a few in stock. Learn to pack them correctly , ignite properly, and smoke them slow. If after a month or so you think a pipe is for you then start looking for a good used briar and learn how to clean them up.

Then buy you a top of the line custom well into your new hobby. They're also kits available to make your own briar pip. They come in a monolith drilled slab that you relief carve a shape into pretty simple with a basic tool set.
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