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Jeff10236



Age : 47
Location : Annapolis, MD
Registration date : 2011-02-20

PostSubject: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:48 pm

Hello, I'm Jeff.

I'm a teacher, a gun collector, an outdoorsman (camping and fishing), a motorcyclist/biker, a really nice guy, and a long-time pipe smoker.

My grandfather smoked a pipe when I was a kid. My parents have always been militant anti-smokers, and in the early '70s they bought my cigarette smoking grandfather a pipe since it isn't as bad for you. After that, he smoked a pipe for about 10 years before going back to cigarettes. So, my earliest memories of him (and his car and home) involved the smell of pipe smoke (I think he smoked Sir Walter Raleigh).

When I was 17 or 18 I picked up my first pipe myself. It was some kind of Dr. Grabow with Borkum Riff tobacco. I loved it, but... Back then it wasn't taboo to smoke in public, but as an 18 year old with a pipe I got all kinds of weird and nasty looks and after a few weeks I got tired of it. Plus, back then I hid from my parents that I smoked (well, I thought I did, how can you hide the smell of it) and the pipe and assorted accessories were a lot harder to hide than a pack of cigarettes. So, I threw it away.

At 21, while in college, I picked it up again. I bought a Dr. Grabow and a tobacco store basket pipe or two (one of the basket pipes was actually a really nice pipe- smoked and looked terrific). I got into some of the bulk aromatics at a local tobacco store. I only spent a year at that school, but kept with it when I returned home. Over the next couple years I picked up a decent collection of pipes, luckily only one or two wasn't a "basket" pipe (I no longer remember the brand). Why luckily- because I was also a cigarette smoker back then, and when I tried to quit at around 23 I also threw away my pipes. Sad

Well, quitting only lasted a few months and when I went back to cigarettes I also started buying pipes and cigars again (I started the cigars at 22). When I quit cigarettes for good (at 25) I did not give up my pipes or cigars, so I still have those pipes.

Now, I am 40 so I have been smoking my pipes for around 19 years. I have a collection of pipes that runs north of 20 pipes. One Grabow, several basket pipes, but more and more they are good pipes- 4 Petersons, several Savinellis, Karl Erik, Stanwell, a meer, and some good, but more obscure names as well (one of my favorites is a nice sandblast Fe Ro from Italy). I am into English blends (love Latakia, hate Perique though), Virginias, and aromatics. I went through a few years where I blended my own.

Sometimes when I light up my pipes, it still brings back memories of my grandfather when I was a kid (the olfactory sense is very strong when it comes to invoking memories), but now it brings back a lot of other good memories from the past 20 years as well
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:58 pm

A big howdy and welcome to BoB!

Jim
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:48 pm

Welcome Jeff!! Hope you enjoy your stay!
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Blue Max

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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:52 pm

A hearty deep-south welcome from a Born Virginian.

Decent Bio.

You can stay.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:31 pm

Nice introduction....welcome to the forum...be sure to search the fishing thread on here too.
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:37 pm

Welcome, Jeff, you history sounds very similar to mine; teacher, Dr. Grabow first pipe in college, even your name. Too young to be me, though. Laughing

Hope you share your experiences and opinions often on the board.

Natch


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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:08 pm

Hey, welcome man!
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Jeff10236



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Location : Annapolis, MD
Registration date : 2011-02-20

PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:19 am

Thanks for all the welcomes and for the thoughts on my bio.

Blue Max, which Savinelli 320 is that in your profile pic? I love that shape and really want one myself. While I do have a few favorite series for that shape (if I buy new it will be in one of 3 or 4 styles), if I buy on Ebay I could go with any style if the price and availability is right, I just want that shape.

Natch, a fellow teacher? What do you teach? I teach high school special education and social studies (social studies in a special ed classroom, not separately). I also often end up teaching our study skills classes and the classes for seniors covering transition issues. Our kids are normal in their cognitive abilities (from low average, to well above average) but either mildly "on the spectrum" (mostly Ausbergers when on the Autism spectrum), LD, or ED (we mostly have students with emotional disabilities).
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:53 am

Welcome Jeff! Which Petersons do you have?
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Jeff10236



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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:22 pm

whiskeywillow wrote:
Welcome Jeff! Which Petersons do you have?

I have two Sytem pipes- a 303 which I bought new, and an estate that was in pretty sorry shape when I got it that I've been cleaning up. I'm giving away the estate pipe to a newbie (with the suggestion that he send it to Peterson for a new mouthpiece since that is the only part that is still less than perfect) so I'm looking for another.

I have a Killarney #69 (billards may be my favorite non-freehand shape for a bent pipe). Love that pipe, looks great, great feel in the hand, and a great smoker.

I also have a Kinsale #XL15 that is one of my favorites right now (I love Bulldogs) . I've moved a few times over the past decade, and each time I do a box of things ends up in storage at my parents house (and often forgotten about). I was over there about a month ago going through some of my boxes and found this pipe and a cheap ceramic pipe that I had completely forgotten about. They were probably in storage for 5 or 6 years. It had to be put away while still pretty new so it feels like I just got a new pipe. It has a nice hefty feel, the finish is very nice, and it smokes great.

Depending upon how things go on Ebay I'll be adding one or more of the following over the next few days: a few System pipes, a Spray Spigot, a Sherlock Holmes or two, a Killarney Canadian (#264), a Donegal and Kinsale or two. There is also a nice Lovat (#53) estate pipe. I don't know the series based on the description, I'll have to see when/if I win it.



Edit (2:45pm): I just won a 1991 Sherlock Holmes "Deerstalker", a nice rusticated, 1/4 bent Rhodesian on Ebay. I've pretty much spent my pipe budget for the year in the past month or two, but I still need to add a System pipe to replace the one I'm giving away (a very lopsided trade actually, but the recipient doesn't know how much other than the pipe I'm sending), and the Spray Spigot will still be coming home with me if I can get a good price.


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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:25 pm

Welcome!
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Jeff10236



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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:25 pm

Hmm, I was looking at my list of Petersons and I just noticed something...

They are all bents. Even the new (to me) Sherlock Holmes coming to me is a bent. I think I'd better get myself a Peterson in a straight pipe, just so I can have one. Maybe a Canadian or a Lovat, or a straight Bulldog. Darn, just what I need, an excuse to get another Peterson Smile
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:22 am

Welcome. I'm a nice guy too. The wierd looks while smoking in public never goes away. I'm almost 54, and I still get all kinds of nasty looks and responses. Well, sorry, I got to be me. Glad you are here.

Ken
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PostSubject: Re: New member, long-time pipe smoker from Maryland   Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:09 pm

Welcome to the forum!
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