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Rusty Mouse

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Age : 27
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PostSubject: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:03 pm

Hey, hi and hello,
For a little over 2 years now I've been interested in pipes, pipe smoking and everything else associated with the hobby. I've collected several pipes in those two years just for the pure beauty I see in a pipe, however I have yet to even smoke one, the reason being (I'm 21 by the way), I've lived my life up to this point rather straight edge, not for any real deep or well thought out reasons, perhaps just to have something I could say about myself. I've never thought of myself to be better or healthier or wiser than anyone who doesn't lead that lifestyle, just a choice I made as a child and happened to stick.
Now, with that aside, my point is that's the past, I've thought long and hard these past two years about what I might gain out of smoking a pipe and what I could lose. The pro's, from what I've gathered, heavily outweigh the con's. I've done plenty of research on the art of pipe making and smoking (didn't get into too much detail about the potential health concerns because to me, ignorance is sometimes more blissful than not). I consider myself fairly knowledgeable in the pipe smoking classroom, but those are book smarts, not street smarts if you get my drift... So what I'm asking of you fine people are simple suggestions for me as a future pipe smoker, anything at all. As I said, I have 5 pipes in my rotation with number 6 on the way this week. Said rotation includes a Peterson 303 System Standard, and Brigham Acadian with their nifty little filter set up (not sure how I feel about filters, even having never smoked, I just don't see myself liking them or the idea of replacing them and from what I've read they're just a nuisance), I also have another Peterson Donegal Rocky 03, both Peterson's are equipped with the p-lip as well, yet another Peterson Kenmare 87 and finally a Bauer calabash. The pipe on the way in a Bjarne which caught my eye last night, had to have it.
So we have a smoking virgin, 6 reputable pipes, no tobacco to speak of (any suggestions?), I've got my matches, pipe tool and fancy little jars with rubber seals to keep the to be suggested tobacco in.
What am I missing? What do I need to know?
Thanks in advance folks.



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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:44 pm

Happily, this is ultimately an experiential hobby. Buy some tobaccos in different categories from a reputable shop that should be happy to help you pick some out, strike a match and begin learning. Smile

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:51 pm

Welcome to BoB.
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:12 pm

Welcome! I'm sure we all look forward to your experimentations. BTW, compared to other filter systems, the Brigham is pretty simple to deal with.

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mike_68

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:00 pm

Having smoked many things at different times I can say that a pipe is VERY unique when thought of as an "experience" versus "burning something", but it sounds like you have gathered that...

At any rate, welcome and as a newb myself(to smoking a pipe, I'm old in every other aspect) I would recommend Lane 1Q which is an aromatic with a vanilla essence - I had good luck with that as a "first" and Frog Morton On The Town as an ealy foray into latakia, it's a pretty gentle toby for newbs... Very Happy
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Rusty Mouse

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:10 pm

mike_68 wrote:
Having smoked many things at different times I can say that a pipe is VERY unique when thought of as an "experience" versus "burning something", but it sounds like you have gathered that...

At any rate, welcome and as a newb myself(to smoking a pipe, I'm old in every other aspect) I would recommend Lane 1Q which is an aromatic with a vanilla essence - I had good luck with that as a "first" and Frog Morton On The Town as an ealy foray into latakia, it's a pretty gentle toby for newbs... Very Happy

Thank you Very Happy
I'm usually first to blurt out "IT'S A HOBBY, NOT A HABIT!"
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:16 am

I've got a Peterson Donegal Rocky 03. Great little pipe. Need a Pete 303 or a 999 ta go wid it. The 999 be a closer shape.
Feed your Rocky 03 some vapers. It'll love em. St. James Flake, McClelland 2015, Escudo, C&D Three Friars and for a good perique boost try some C&D Exclusive.
More affordable would be Stokkebye Lux. Bullseye or Stokkebye Lux. Navy Flake.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:10 am

Hi Rusty
Gotta love those Petes! I'm sure you'll get plenty of good suggestions here on tobacco, so the best advice I can give is to smoke what you like and like what you smoke. One thing though: you didn't mention pipe cleaners. You really do need those.
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Rusty Mouse

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:08 am

George Kaplan wrote:
Hi Rusty
Gotta love those Petes! I'm sure you'll get plenty of good suggestions here on tobacco, so the best advice I can give is to smoke what you like and like what you smoke. One thing though: you didn't mention pipe cleaners. You really do need those.

I was thinking that I forgot to mention something! I do have pipe cleaners, but from what I gather, not nearly enough. I'm unlucky in that I live in a small town with no decent tobacconist within a 4 hour driving radius (that I know of) so all my pipes have to be ordered online or over the phone, I am however lucky to have a shop that sells all the little things I'll need like pipe cleaners, little British Buttner reamers (though I've got my eye on a Senior reamer), lighters, pouches, a few tobacco's and whatnot.
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:38 am

Yes, you'll be needing many, many pipe cleaners! Fortunately, they're not all that expensive and you can always add them to any (every) order you place for pipes/tobacco, etc.


Since you're already well set up for a pipe rotation, you'd probably do well to order a few different types of tobacco...maybe a mild English, a Virginia or Virginia/Perique, and an aromatic. Start there, figure out what you like best/least, and then start expanding your selection there.

I suppose another idea would be to take a guess at the sort of smoke you're looking for (smoky, sweet, tangy, deep, light, woodsy, etc.) or any specific "taste" you're hoping to get out of experience, post 'em in the 'Tobacco Jar' section of the forum, and the fine folks here can help start you down the right path!



Welcome to the forum and the hobby!
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:45 am

idbowman wrote:
Yes, you'll be needing many, many pipe cleaners! Fortunately, they're not all that expensive and you can always add them to any (every) order you place for pipes/tobacco, etc.


Since you're already well set up for a pipe rotation, you'd probably do well to order a few different types of tobacco...maybe a mild English, a Virginia or Virginia/Perique, and an aromatic. Start there, figure out what you like best/least, and then start expanding your selection there.

I suppose another idea would be to take a guess at the sort of smoke you're looking for (smoky, sweet, tangy, deep, light, woodsy, etc.) or any specific "taste" you're hoping to get out of experience, post 'em in the 'Tobacco Jar' section of the forum, and the fine folks here can help start you down the right path!



Welcome to the forum and the hobby!

I've been thinking about what I'm looking to get out of a smoke lately, but more so (taste and smell aside) what would be the best tobacco to build up the perfect carbon cake. I know enough about the pipes themselves, but nothing whatsoever about the tobaccos or the styles and brands that are out there. Like you say, I'll have to venture over to the Tobacco Jar later and get some ideas
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:09 am

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:35 pm

Here's a recent thread on cake building that just came back to life: http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t14503-cake-building

Basically, I've always though that the more sugar in a blend, the faster it cakes. The problem is that a lot of these will ghost the heck out of your bowl (leaving a lingering taste in subsequent bowls, even after switching blends). Therein lies the problem...if you discover that you LOVE Latakia blends, do you really want to smoke it in a pipe that has a "perfect cake" but can't quite shake the taste of the super-sweet aromatic you used to build it?

Best suggestion: figure out what you like. All blends will build a cake. Some just take longer than others. Better to enjoy the process and its effects than to worry about precision and/or speed and be left regretting those "perfect" results!
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:07 pm

idbowman wrote:
Here's a recent thread on cake building that just came back to life: http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t14503-cake-building

Basically, I've always though that the more sugar in a blend, the faster it cakes. The problem is that a lot of these will ghost the heck out of your bowl (leaving a lingering taste in subsequent bowls, even after switching blends). Therein lies the problem...if you discover that you LOVE Latakia blends, do you really want to smoke it in a pipe that has a "perfect cake" but can't quite shake the taste of the super-sweet aromatic you used to build it?

Best suggestion: figure out what you like. All blends will build a cake. Some just take longer than others. Better to enjoy the process and its effects than to worry about precision and/or speed and be left regretting those "perfect" results!

More wise words and helpful information, I'm digging this place Smile
Thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:39 pm

Welcome. We have many good brothers from Canada active in this forum, I hope you'll become another.

Natch
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:07 pm

Natch wrote:
Welcome. We have many good brothers from Canada active in this forum, I hope you'll become another.

Natch

I truly hope so too, thank you Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:12 pm

Airborne wrote:
Welcome to the forum!

I'm from the next province to your right. I could drive with my eyes closed when going to Ontario and know when I crossed the line. You guys have better roads than us!

By the way, you have a really classy pipe maker in Ontario by the name of Michael Parks. He's one of the best!

Shocked Well I'll be damned, a pipe maker right in my own backyard, who'da thunk it? Great to see a fellow Canadian (I'm sure there are others) around these parts.
Many thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:28 pm

Oh man, would that ever be a cool trip. I was just peeking at his work when you first told me about him, I'm a simple, no nonsense kind of person when it comes to what I look for in a pipe, he seems capable of taking that simplicity and just turning it up a notch, not too much, but enough to make you stop and say "Wow".
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PostSubject: Re: Rusty Mouse, Reporting For Duty.   Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:01 pm


Hello and Welcome to the BoB forum.
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