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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptySun Feb 23, 2014 10:59 am

I will be at Smokers Haven in March.

How did you know?
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idbowman

idbowman

Age : 37
Location : Painesville, OH
Registration date : 2011-12-19

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyMon Feb 24, 2014 11:34 am

Great looking pipes, as always, Todd.

One of these days I'll bite the bullet and get a hold of a Morta pipe.
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Age : 42
Location : Sofia, Bulgaria
Registration date : 2014-02-17

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyMon Feb 24, 2014 11:42 am

I have 5 of them, 3 of which came today. Pics later, morta is the most awesome material. Smokes like meerschaum, or even better.

I just love it.
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Location : Dayton, Oh
Registration date : 2012-01-02

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyThu Feb 27, 2014 9:18 am

taharris
"I will be at Smokers Haven in March.

How did you know?"

ilurkalot on the pipemakers forum.

danindayton
ilurkalot
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pipe dreamer

pipe dreamer

Age : 72
Location : fla.
Registration date : 2010-04-18

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PostSubject: morta   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyFri May 16, 2014 6:22 pm

You do great work.
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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptySat May 17, 2014 7:42 am

Thank you Pipe Dreamer.

Todd
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ExcessEnergy

ExcessEnergy

Age : 69
Location : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Registration date : 2014-01-25

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PostSubject: MORE MORTA QUESTIONS   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyTue Jun 10, 2014 10:34 pm

I picked up a new Moretti morta on eBay from Marco for what I regarded as a bargain price, just to see how they smoke without making a large financial commitment. But, now that I've done that, and before I take the plunge to order a nice long Canadian from Todd like Cajun's, some questions occurred to me:

1. Do mortas cycle like briars (i.e., do you have to rest them for 24 hours after smoking them once, and preferably longer)?

2. Or do they cycle like meerschaums, where you can just clean 'em and load & light 'em again, so long as you clean out the bowl thoroughly?

3. Or do you build up a cake in them like a briar?

4. Are there any other cycling or other care steps that should be taken beyond cleaning them out with pipe cleaners after every bowl, like a briar?

5. Are they more or less subject to burn-through like a briar?

I did not find any answers to these questions browsing around the Web, but I figured you fellows would know.
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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
Location : Central Ohio
Registration date : 2011-11-10

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 11, 2014 6:31 pm

ExcessEnergy wrote:
I picked up a new Moretti morta on eBay from Marco for what I regarded as a bargain price, just to see how they smoke without making a large financial commitment.  But, now that I've done that, and before I take the plunge to order a nice long Canadian from Todd like Cajun's, some questions occurred to me:

1.  Do mortas cycle like briars (i.e., do you have to rest them for 24 hours after smoking them once, and preferably longer)?

2.  Or do they cycle like meerschaums, where you can just clean 'em and load & light 'em again, so long as you clean out the bowl thoroughly?

3.  Or do you build up a cake in them like a briar?

4.  Are there any other cycling or other care steps that should be taken beyond cleaning them out with pipe cleaners after every bowl, like a briar?

5.  Are they more or less subject to burn-through like a briar?

I did not find any answers to these questions browsing around the Web, but I figured you fellows would know.

1). I generally smoke my briars and mortas several times in a day before letting them rest and I get good results.

2). I don't have a lot of experience with Mers, but see 1 above.

3). A little bit of cake is a good idea.

4). Nope. Treat them just like briar.

5). Not that I have heard.

The only down side to morta is that it may be more prone to cracking at the shank stem junction if mishandled because it is not a burl and the grain is fairly straight and open. It is Oak afterall.

Todd
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ExcessEnergy

ExcessEnergy

Age : 69
Location : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Registration date : 2014-01-25

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PostSubject: MORTAS VS. BRIARS   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 11, 2014 8:13 pm

taharris wrote:

1). I generally smoke my briars and mortas several times in a day before letting them rest and I get good results.

2). I don't have a lot of experience with Mers, but see 1 above.

3). A little bit of cake is a good idea.

4). Nope.  Treat them just like briar.

5). Not that I have heard.

The only down side to morta is that it may be more prone to cracking at the shank stem junction if mishandled because it is not a burl and the grain is fairly straight and open.  It is Oak afterall.

Todd


Hi, Todd,

And thank you for your reply.  Wow!  I've never smoked the same pipe more than once in a 24 hour period in the last 46 years, meerschaums excepted.  When I first started in 1967 in college, against the advice of a pipe-smoking classmate of mine, I tried smoking my bulldog a second time and it was pretty wet on the second run, despite being cleaned after the first bowl of the day.  The same result obtained with my Oom Paul, so I gave it up and followed my classmate's advice (since he was so much wiser than I, being 18 and a more experienced pipe smoker and all lol! ).  I'll have to give that another try with some of my better pipes and see how it goes.  That would really be a laugh, since the major concern that drove my acquisition of over 130 pipes was my perceived need to rotate them after one bowl at least every 24 hours (in fact, I avoid smoking the same pipe in the same month or two).  Maybe I'll put half the collection on eBay.

I have heard that mortas are a bit more delicate than briars.  But the one little Moretti that I bought as an inexpensive experiment has a pretty straight bore to the bowl, so there will be no need to screw around with the bit in the stem, thus avoiding the chance of damage from removal and reinsertion.[/quote]
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taharris

taharris

Age : 50
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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 11, 2014 8:25 pm

Jeff,  you musr have misunderstood.  What I meant was that you should rest your pipes at least a week between bowls.   Twisted Evil 

In all seriousness, a quick swab with a napkin in the bowl and a pipe cleaner through the shank and she is ready to go.

I don't smoke aromatics, so I really don't know if that makes a difference.

Todd
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ExcessEnergy

ExcessEnergy

Age : 69
Location : Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Registration date : 2014-01-25

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PostSubject: MORTAS VS. BRIARS   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyWed Jun 11, 2014 8:55 pm

taharris wrote:
Jeff,  you musr have misunderstood.  What I meant was that you should rest your pipes at least a week between bowls.   Twisted Evil 

In all seriousness, a quick swab with a napkin in the bowl and a pipe cleaner through the shank and she is ready to go.

I don't smoke aromatics, so I really don't know if that makes a difference.

Todd

 lol! 

Yes, I've done that very thing with the swabbing out.  Aromatics definitely make a (bad) difference.  I started off with Rattray's Black Mallory and Red Rapparee, and they weren't as bad, moisture-wise, being English blends.  But then, when I was in Texas in the middle '70's my girlfriend's father got me smoking his fave blend, a strong vanilla aromatic black tobacco called Early Darkness.  Women loved the aroma (or so they said), so I smoked it by the pound, but it really gunked up the pipes and was very hard to smoke dry or cool (all that sugar, don't you know?).  I kept at it, thinking it was "normal."  After all, her dad was an M.D., had been smoking pipes longer than I'd been alive and he seemed content to just puff away, gurgling along all the while.

Eventually (like only 15 years ago), after talking with the guys at a couple of my local pipe shops, I learned that other tobaccos, less aromatic and properly humidified, would smoke far more felicitously in all of my pipes, be they briar, meers, cherry wood, cobs or what have you (don't laugh; it only took me twenty years or so).  I still have many tall containers of Early Darkness and its smoke-alikes sealed beneath my bar.  Not much chance of them finding their way into my pipes anytime soon.

Now that I'm an old geezer, I find that the best smoking pipe and tobacco combinations stay lit all the way to the bottom and leave nothing but a nice, white cigarette-like ash in the bowl, leaving a stem that very easy to clean and requiring nothing more than a tap on the cork to empty the bowl.
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taharris

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PostSubject: Re: Some Recent Morta Pipes   Some Recent Morta Pipes - Page 2 EmptyThu Jun 12, 2014 6:11 am

Better late than never!  Very Happy 
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