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Rivyer

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PostSubject: Hello There!   Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:12 pm

Hi, I am Rivyer from NE England. I am playing around with the idea of taking up the pipe but would rather steer clear of actual tobacco if i can help it. My main reason for this is that I am an avid cosplayer (Costume Play for those who do not know the term.) and will be soon adding the Hobbit Pippin to my collection of costumes and for a change i would like to be photographed doing something more hobbit like and pipe smoking seems like something relaxing that I would enjoy. I am also a Sherlokian so its just natural and cleaner than the things Sherlock would prefer to inject into himself.

Anyway i have probably ranted on for too long and shall now go and lurk around the forum.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:02 pm

Welcome aboard, Rivyer, and merry Christmas. (sorry, make that happy Christmas for an Englishman Razz )
You may not realize this, but pipe smoke is not meant to be inhaled. Compared to cigarettes, the health risks are greatly reduced, and the chance of nicotine addiction for an occasional smoker is minimal. If you have other reasons for avoiding tobacco, speak up. I've heard some of the brothers here speak of alternative smoking blends, so that knowledge is here to be found. Enjoy the forum.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:11 pm

Welcome Rivyer! While hobbit's smoke tobacco in a pipe, they also have large hairy feet. We can help with the pipe or tobacco, not sure about the large hairy feet tho..... santa
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Jers

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:33 pm

Welcome from Ireland brother! cheers cheers

Fraternally

Jers
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:43 pm

Dutch wrote:
...We can help with the pipe or tobacco, not sure about the large hairy feet tho..... santa

I'll bet if we all sent him some hair from our own feet he'd have more that enough for his costume. It would also disgust the customs workers so much that they'd stop inspecting his parcels, clearing the way for us to send him duty-free tobacco! Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:17 am

Welcome to BoB and Merry Christmas to you. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:31 am

Welcome!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:50 pm

Welcome, Rivyer!
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Rivyer

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:50 pm

Thanks for the welcome guys, as for the feet I have no worries with my size elevens the problem lies in my height which sits around 6.7 but i am not too concerned about that. I look forward to getting to know you all.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Welcome Rivyer, and merry Christmas to you.

See George, we do merry too.
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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:13 pm

Greyson wrote:
See George, we do merry too.
lol! Don't mind me; I was deep into a bottle of Christmas cheer last night when I posted that.
Merry is an odd word. A typical American will go his entire life without using it in any other phrase. "Gee, Doris, Stan was in a merry mood last night." Nope. "We'll all be a lot merrier when the widget factory starts hiring again." Still no. Merry Easter? Merry Yom Kippur? Merry Flag Day? No, we just don't say that. For some reason, though, "Happy Christmas" just sounds wrong to Yank ears.
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Rivyer

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:05 pm

I tend to use the 'Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.' If i know I will not be seeing that person till after the new year has kicked in.
I have just made a post on my facebook about me taking up the pipe and was oddly supported by my friends. So I think I will take that leap.

I have also had a browse around and have decided to even go to try an actual real blend. As I am Hobbit mad at the moment I will be buying the taster set of the Middle Earth Blends, may also have a friend joining me in tying pipe smoking.
I hope I take to it and if not then I will still have a pipe for my costume and later a display piece, so either way is a win it seems.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:31 pm

Welcome from a fellow newcomer!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:31 pm

Welcome to the family. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:49 pm

Welcome aboard. Good to have you here. rendeer santa
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Rivyer

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:28 pm

Thanks Guys again.

I have a quick question for you, I get paid tonight and am thinking of purchasing my pipe. Now the style I want is of course long like that in the LOTR and Hobbit movies. I did some looking and found some Churchwardens that seem right but is there anywhere cheaper and better to look or should I just go for the ones I found using a basic google search?

Thanks in advance. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:50 pm

My first pipe was a Peterson churchwarden. It smokes great and I still use it. I've read other guys on BOB stating that Savinelli Churchwardens are quality smokers.

If its your first pipe I'd advise buying a good make that will smoke well for you. A Peterson Churchwarden will cost around £55(link below).

http://cigars.gauntleys.com/search.php?f=producttype:pipes,producercodename:peterson&gq=Peterson%20Churchwarden

You might be able to buy one a bit cheaper if you shop around.

Hope this helps.

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Jers

BTW not all the brothers are fans of churchwarden pipes. Opinion is definitely divided! lol!




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George Kaplan

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:58 pm

I would suggest posting the same question here in the Pipe Rack column, or even the Round Table. Better chance of the right guys seeing it that way.
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Jers

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:50 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
I would suggest posting the same question here in the Pipe Rack column, or even the Round Table. Better chance of the right guys seeing it that way.

+1

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Rivyer wrote:
Now the style I want is of course long like that in the LOTR and Hobbit movies.

Do you just want a churchwarden, or do you want a churchwarden that actually looks like like the pipes they used in the films? I've been having similar desires and I can share with you some of my findings:

I would avoid the 'looking for a churchwarden to buy' type searches on google, there are a lot of Chinese and poor quality manufacturers that flood the results, there are good pipes in there but just doing a general search like that is going to get you very mixed results. If you just want a good reasonably priced churchwarden, I would look at Peterson or the Stanwell Hans Christian Anderson range, or possibly Chacom. Of those, my personal favourites would be the Hans Christians, but they are a bit more pricey.

Peterson examples: http://www.mysmokingshop.co.uk/index2.php?mod=mancats&sec=339&man=99
Hans Example: https://www.thebackyshop.co.uk/products/stanwell-hans-christian-anderson-no-2-rustic-briar-pipe
Chacom examples: http://www.uktobacco.com/acatalog/chacom_pipes.html

If you are looking for an actual replica LOTR churchwarden, things get very tricky. There were a line of officially licensed replicas made by Vauen up until 2011, but the anti smoking pressure groups in America forced the studio to not renew the licence, so now those pipes are very rare and ridiculously expensive. I saw a Gandalf pipe going for nearly $1000 this week. But you can still get them if you have the cash.

Official Gandalf pipe: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/VAUEN-Original-Herr-der-Ringe-Gandalf-Pfeife-Kult-Sammlerstuck-Raritat-/390454132115

There is also a less reputable company named MacQueen pipes that has a very bad history in terms of customer service that also make similar replica pipes, they apparently smoke ok, but the delivery could take you 6 months to a year. Or never. You takes your chances with them really.

http://macqueenpipes.com/whitewizardpipeandstand.aspx

Hope this has been helpful mate!

Oh, I should also mention that while Vauen made the official pipes until 2011, they also continue to make a pipe called the Noble N293, which has a different stem but an almost identical bowl to the Gandalf pipe, and looks quite decent by itself.

http://www.vauen.de/photo/detail/en/Nobile_N_293/9.51.4.10.html

So close in fact that unscrupulous people on the net are reselling them as 'New' hobbit pipes, I saw one go for over £500 this week when you can buy them from Vauen for a hundred and something. Ahh internet, you're up to no good again.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUEN-Lord-of-the-Rings-Style-Reading-Pipe-NEW-THE-HOBBIT-made-in-Germany-/390518017416?lgeo=1&clk_rvr_id=431310209029&vectorid=229508



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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:06 pm

George Kaplan wrote:
I would suggest posting the same question here in the Pipe Rack column, or even the Round Table. Better chance of the right guys seeing it that way.

I guess by "right guys" I meant Greyson. Looks like he found you anyway. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:23 pm

Ah, its been on my mind lately and I had the links to hand *shrug*

Very Happy
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Rivyer

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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:01 am

Thanks Greyson that really helped Very Happy
I shall have to save up for an actual replica as i have only what the government is so kind to pay me for being unemployed so i have found a cheap pipe for the meantime, I found a seller through ebay that had ones very close to the ones in your links. Quilty is not to important at the moment as it will be my first time even trying to smoke.
Everything arrives next week so come new year I will feel like a true brother.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:14 am

That's good to hear, just keep in mind that if this is going to be your first experience of pipe smoking, be sure to give it a real chance. A lot of people who want to try it get a poor quality pipe and or cheap tobacco and cant understand why their experiences with pipe smoking are so bad.

Take a look around http://www.tobaccoreviews.com/browse_all.cfm and find maybe some well rated aromatics and some well rated non aromatics you'd like to try, and consider spending a few bucks on a cheap but functional corn cobb pipe like a Missouri Meerschaum. That way if you find you aren't getting good results in the churchwarden you can try it in something else to see if the pipe is causing you the problems. Just a suggestion.

Hope all turns out well!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello There!   Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:47 am

cheers Welcome cheers
Well all the brothers said everything that needs to be said about choosing the pipe that is right for you. I will agree with Greyson though, a cheap pipe made poorly will lead to a poor smoking experience. It's better to save up a bit of cash and pick up quality for your first pipe.
There is a cheap option for the beginning pipe smoker though. If you want to find out if you even like pipe smoking before dropping big money I suggest a corn cob (preferably from Missouri Meerschaum). A cob might not be the "look" you are going for but it will give you an idea if pipe smoking is for you without the big expenditure. If you look around online you may even be able to find a churchwarden cob or a cob with a "forever stem".
This is my forever stem cob or as I like to call it my cobwarden. Second picture is with a normal sized cob of the same model.



I would also like to point out there are a few companies that have J.R. Tolken theme tobacco.
Just for Him has the Middle Earth Pipeweed series.
http://justforhim.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1800&zenid=5a905e107235b154c6b776e28bcfee70
McClelland does a Frog Morton series (Frogmorton is a village in the Eastfarthing of The Shire.)
http://pipesandcigars.com/mccrco.html
Can't speak for the Just for Him collection as I havenít tried it yet (ask brother kaiser83, he loves the JFH Middle Earth stuff) but I can speak for Frog Morton original. Frog Morton is a smokey flavored rich tobacco that I find fits my idea of what the "shire folk" would have smoked.
Anyways....Welcome to BoB I hope we can be of some help in your new adventure into pipeweed!

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