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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 6:50 pm

Back in college all my roommates started smoking pipes. They bought giant bags of cherry flavored tobacco from the local drugstore and smoked it outside on the deck. There's something about a pipe that tends to bring about great conversation. I was hesitant to actually smoke with them because I was brought up taught not to "drink, dance, smoke or chew....or go with girls that do." So, I would just sit out there and second hand smoke with them...because somehow that was better, Ha.

At some point I decided to start making some decisions for myself Smile and did a little research on smoking pipes. Death didn't seem all that eminent from what I read, as long as I kept things in moderation, so I decided to take the plunge and buy a pipe. I can still picture the place I got it and remember lighting it up for the first time...over and over again. The place I got it was called "The Wharf" (in Ohio...not sure what Wharf they were referring to Wink ) would let you try a bowl or several of any tobacco you wanted for free. Being a connoisseur of flavor I asked what woud give me the most bang for the buck and they pointed me to the blackest tobacco in their shop (black cavendish). Over the next hour or so I began my journey in the wonderful world of pipe smoking.

The pipe I bought from them is called a Kings Cross Featherweight...(probably junk), but it remained my only pipe for probably a good 5 years. I still smoke it occasionally for sake of nostalgia, but for the most part I find that I tend to like the ones I've made much better.

I promise I won't introduce every pipe with this much vigor, but since this was my first I thought it deserved a little more.

Kings Cross Featherweight 406A

My first pipe 1st-pipe-L
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Ocelot55

Ocelot55

Location : Columbus, OH
Registration date : 2012-03-28

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 7:29 pm

Nice story. I should really post a pic of my first pipe. It was a POS.

Isn't King's Cross a Savinelli second?
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 7:32 pm

Ocelot55 wrote:
Nice story. I should really post a pic of my first pipe. It was a POS.

Isn't King's Cross a Savinelli second?

I have no idea. I think I got it for about $35 bucks new...so maybe it was a Savinelli 3rd or 4th Laughing
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Registration date : 2008-07-02

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 8:25 pm

Savinelli Second




http://pipedia.org/index.php?title=Savinelli#Savinelli_made_sub-brands.2C_seconds_.26_order_productions
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DustyRoundup

DustyRoundup

Age : 54
Location : S.W. Montana
Registration date : 2011-11-03

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 9:21 pm


I was brought up taught not to "drink, dance, smoke or chew....or go with girls that do.


Holy Cow ! Man !,,,So, you gave in to the smoke part,,, (drinkin really can become a problem for some, such as myself),,, but dang , no dancing ? Girls love to dance,, even if a guy just wiggles a bit out on the floor, or shakes a foot here and there, it gets him in good with the girls.

Aside form my hackin,, thats a cool lookin first pipe ! Mine was a yelo-bole, so I'll not be posting pics of it as it isnt any too special, except that it was my first.

So? what tobacc's are you smoking these days? still likin the black cavendish?
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 10:25 pm

mark wrote:
Savinelli Second

Man, I'm in a whole other arena here. You and Ocelot55...and I'm sure everyone else know your pipes!
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyThu Apr 12, 2012 10:44 pm

DustyRoundup wrote:

I was brought up taught not to "drink, dance, smoke or chew....or go with girls that do.


Holy Cow ! Man !,,,So, you gave in to the smoke part,,, (drinkin really can become a problem for some, such as myself),,, but dang , no dancing ? Girls love to dance,, even if a guy just wiggles a bit out on the floor, or shakes a foot here and there, it gets him in good with the girls.

Aside form my hackin,, thats a cool lookin first pipe ! Mine was a yelo-bole, so I'll not be posting pics of it as it isnt any too special, except that it was my first.

So? what tobacc's are you smoking these days? still likin the black cavendish?

Ha, yeah, eventually over time I became familiar with all of the above...in moderation. That's the hardest part, moderation. Speaking of dancing...in college I had to learn line dancing because I worked part time at a Lonestar Steakhouse. Isn't that a joke. Oh man, things college kids will do for a buck.

Yeah, I still like most aromatic blends with Black Cavendish. I've smoked aromatics all my pipe smoking life...mostly because...well, they smell good. I've always thought a pipe was something that was supposed to smell good, so the non aromatics never interested me... until Ocelot55 kindly gave me 3 new tobacc's to try. He sent over some G.L Pease Westminister English Blend, Peterson Sweet Killarney and Benjamin Hartwell Signature Blend Virginia Flake. So far, I've really taken to the Pease and the Harwtell. It will take me some time to get used to non aromatics but I'm willing to check it out. It's like wine...you don't know what's good until you've tried a lot.

Funny quick story about good smelling pipes. I was walking on the beach with my family the other night taking in the sound of the waves, the feel of the sand and the sight of the stars, and I figured...what a great time to smoke my pipe! Apparently an older couple was drafting me and finally caught up to me. As they passed me the wife looked me straight in the eye and said, "that's the best smelling pipe I've ever smelled!" She wouldn't have said the same had I been smoking my G.L. Pease Very Happy
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Ocelot55

Ocelot55

Location : Columbus, OH
Registration date : 2012-03-28

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyFri Apr 13, 2012 12:03 am

Brian, I started a thread a short while ago about aromatic pipe tobacco that actually has some taste to it.

Check it out http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t16777-tasty-aromatics

The guys here made some excellent suggestions.
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyFri Apr 13, 2012 12:13 am

Ocelot55 wrote:
Brian, I started a thread a short while ago about aromatic pipe tobacco that actually has some taste to it.

Check it out http://www.brothersofbriar.com/t16777-tasty-aromatics

The guys here made some excellent suggestions.

Thanks for the pointer. I just read the threads and think I'll probably try the birthday cake and Petersons Irish Whisky. Sounds like they could be winners.

It's funny. While I want my pipe to smell good, I have no problem with my cigars smelling terrible. I love the smell of a good cigar. I guess it's all perception and expectation.

Thanks again.
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kieveryuu

kieveryuu

Location : Greater Boston
Registration date : 2012-01-07

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyFri Apr 13, 2012 12:52 am

Growley, your analogy to wine is apt, (or port or whisk(e)y or even beer). That said, as you taste the subtleties in tobacco - that is, begin to taste the nuances and the tobacco opens up to you - just like with wine or the other complex tastes mentioned you will enjoy a variety of pipe tobacco just like you do wine and cigars. Picking the right tobacco for the right time, in the right place with the right people (or lack there of) and enjoy it. Cool As it happens, black cavendish is still the staple of my collection from it being my second bowl ever smoked.

Welcome to the board. Also, nice first pipe.
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J Soshae

J Soshae

Age : 46
Location : Birmingham, AL
Registration date : 2011-08-19

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptyFri Apr 13, 2012 11:05 pm

I think the first pipe does hold a special place in the heart. Mine is used regularly for walking the land. The more expensive pipes do not get to explore as far into the woods. Very Happy
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J Soshae

J Soshae

Age : 46
Location : Birmingham, AL
Registration date : 2011-08-19

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptySun Apr 15, 2012 12:12 am

Growley,
What blend were you smoking when you got the comment on the beach?
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptySun Apr 15, 2012 12:43 am

J Soshae wrote:
Growley,
What blend were you smoking when you got the comment on the beach?

Sorry, I'll only be able to help a little on this one. In Nashville Tn, there's one of the best pipe stores in the US called Uptown's Smoke Shop. Last time I was there I bought two of their house blends, Granny White (heavy in black Canendish) and Green Hills (their top aromatic seller). I can't remember which I packed that day, but they both smell great. My favorite of the two is their Green Hills.
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riff raff

riff raff

Location : Western Maryland
Registration date : 2011-05-24

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptySun Apr 15, 2012 8:28 am

Welcome and don't forget to show us the pipes you make.
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J Soshae

J Soshae

Age : 46
Location : Birmingham, AL
Registration date : 2011-08-19

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptySun Apr 15, 2012 5:55 pm

Being in Birmingham, we occasionally go through Nashville. I will have to check out the pipe shop. Aromatics are for the back porch at home. The other blends are for solo smoking at work or on our land. The wife and kids are convinced smoking a pipe is nuts. geek I try to use aromatics to win them over slowly.
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Growley

Growley

Age : 44
Location : Fairhope, Al
Registration date : 2012-04-10

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PostSubject: Re: My first pipe   My first pipe EmptySun Apr 15, 2012 9:54 pm

riff raff wrote:
Welcome and don't forget to show us the pipes you make.

Thanks for the welcome Al. I'll definitely post some of the pipes I've made. I'm really excited to get everybody's feed back on them. You guys really know your pipes.
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