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PostSubject: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:17 am

I was thinking about getting a churchwarden for smoking while reading. The problem is getting smoke in my eyes as a conventional length extends more down than out, as I'm holding the book in my lap with my face pointed down. The extra length of a warden, even if pointed down, could perhaps be pointed sufficiently out such that the smoke would clear my face?
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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:55 am

I had a Savinelli churchwarden that I liked a lot and smoked with some regularity. The honest truth was that it was too long for me. When it came time to replace the stem, I had them put a shorter one on it for me. The stem is just barely the length of a pipe cleaner - whatever that makes it, and this works well for me. I call it my "churchwarden's assistant."

I do most of my reading in a recliner, and so the angles are better. I have one fairly short pipe, and even it works. If I am smoking at a desk leaning forward a little, I find that a long fairly straight pipe like a canadian keeps things out of my face. I used to to a lot of this while grading.
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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:02 pm

Churchwardens have evaded me as to their usefulness.   They all seem to have varying degrees of moisture issues, are ungainly to clench, and require some kind of situating to "perch" just right to keep the hands free.   There's something to be said about keeping smoke out of your face at a distance, but...

...a good full-bent "hanger" off the teeth for some, or in my case, developing a jaw to clench a good smoking pipe always did best for work, Internet, reading, etc.   🤷

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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:52 pm

Audio books on your stereo/iPod?

A more eccentric option might be a music stand (such as those used by violinists within an orchestra) to hold the books and allow you to enjoy 'hands free' reading. I understand that these ‘hands free' reading solutions are also excellent options for the gentleman who indulges in more, (*cough), exotic forms of literature......

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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:22 pm

Shocked  lol!  study 

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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:33 pm

Thanks for the experiences, folks. Hmm. . .a canadian Canadian; like everything else, I used to own one. . .In fact I think that I "used to" own one of everything needed in the pipe world these days.Shocked Cool Shocked 
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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:04 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Churchwardens have evaded me as to their usefulness.   They all seem to have varying degrees of moisture issues, are ungainly to clench, and require some kind of situating to "perch" just right to keep the hands free.   There's something to be said about keeping smoke out of your face at a distance, but...

...a good full-bent "hanger" off the teeth for some, or in my case, developing a jaw to clench a good smoking pipe always did best for work, Internet, reading, etc.   🤷

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I'd have to agree completely with Kyle on this one. My experience with Churchwardens, both briar and clay has not been a positive one for me. Oh well Twisted Evil 
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PostSubject: Re: Churchwardens and Reading   Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:04 am

I know this is an older post, but I wanted to put my $.02 in. I own a noname churchwarden with the 11" stem. I actually find it works really well for reading and don't seem to get smoke in my face. I also rest the bowl on my chest and read on a tablet that rests on my knees for the most part. I think more than anything, that what helps with keeping the smoke out of your face is the angle of the chair back that you sit in. Mine is more like a futon style chair so it is partially reclined, thus allowing the smoke to clear my face easily.

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