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Growley

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PostSubject: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 3:48 pm

Brothers and sisters,

It's with some trepidation and much excitement that I make the following announcement: Starting tomorrow I'm going to be making pipes full time! I've had a passion for pipe making since the very first pipe I made, and now I'm stepping out of the corporate world to see if I can make a go with something I absolutely love doing. I've learned fairly early in life that for me, following money only leads to following more money, but following my heart can lead to much greater things.

What I'm mostly excited about is seeing what I can do with full dedication towards this wonderful hobby. As you can all probably imagine, it's sometimes hard to start projects and have to put them down over and over because you've only got a few hours at a time to work on them. I work best when I'm in the zone, and having been only able to work on pipes part time, it's often hard to ever get in that zone. So, I expect to see an increase in quality, many new designs and better takes on old ones...and a whole lot more Growley pipes for you all to look at!

You all have been very encouraging and supportive, and you mean a lot to me. I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

So, wish me luck and by all means, hit me up if you want to buy a pipe.

Sincerely,

Brian.
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Mozjo33

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 3:59 pm

Brian, I wish you nothing but the best. It is amazing to see someone follow their heart and dreams!   I hope one day to own one of your pipes and keep you doing what you love!  Good luck!!!
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 4:20 pm

Mozjo33 wrote:
Brian, I wish you nothing but the best. It is amazing to see someone follow their heart and dreams!   I hope one day to own one of your pipes and keep you doing what you love!  Good luck!!!

Thanks Mo!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 4:48 pm

Super news Brian; it seems you have chosen your path! I recon the brothers will be delighted and anxious to see your next creations. Here's to a new start and bright new future...

Kindest regards,

Stick.
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BigCasino

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 5:11 pm

Far out Brian, wish I was brave enough to try something like that!
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monbla256

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 5:14 pm

If anyone could do this I feel YOU are the one !! Are you going to continue "by order" production or have a sort of "catalog" of Growley shapes available for buyers? Either way. I feel you are going to do well !! Onward Thru the Fog !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 5:16 pm

Brian,

Good luck to you and may your work prosper. It is scary to step out of the safety zone and follow your passion. I know i am looking forward to seeing how your work improves and changes.
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alandadp

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 5:24 pm

Growley wrote:
You all have been very encouraging and supportive

NOW START BUYING  Twisted Evil 

Best of luck Brian, I've started saving up my lunch money  Smile 

Adam
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 5:25 pm

Growley wrote:
Starting tomorrow I'm going to be making pipes full time!

What's your 'first' one going to be Brian?   scratch Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 8:03 pm

Congrats, Brian! Buy em now boys! Soon those Growley's will be worth big bucks!
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Fatman

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 8:14 pm

Awesome!
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 8:33 pm

Best of luck; I hope it's a success at whatever level you hope for

"T"
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Brewdude

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 9:05 pm

Terrific news Brian. Sometimes a man just has to follow their heart and follow what passions they have, even though it might mean risking the financial side of life.

I know this well since I did just that over 25 years ago and followed my heart into the crazy world of brewing beer for a living, and left a reliable income in steel fabrication.

It was kind of difficult at first financially, but I had drive and determination which is what I perceive in you and your quest for excellence. Given the chance again I wouldn't hesitate to make the switch to something I knew I was good and excelled at.

Your calling is a pipesmith. I've had the pleasure of several of them, and make no mistake you have the knack, the skill, and the passion. Follow that to it's logical conclusion.

Well done Brian!

 king 


Cheers,

RR
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 9:20 pm

...Brian, the very best to you!!! and also to your family as you transition into this full-time endeavor....When you decide to make a Canadian...let me know!
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:08 pm

monbla256 wrote:
If anyone could do this I feel YOU are the one !! Are you going to continue "by order" production or have a sort of "catalog" of Growley shapes available for buyers? Either way. I feel you are going to do well !! Onward Thru the Fog !! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil

Thanks Michael. I'm really not sure what will happen as far as a catalog goes. I imagine as I make more and more pipes, some will rise to the top as Growley favorites, and some will fall. For now, I plan on continuing to take cues from the classic and Danish shapes, as well as letting my imaginative side get a little more active.

Most importantly, I will definitely continue to take commissions on. Commission work is some of my favorite work, mostly because I get to know people better. And with that comes a better understanding of what it is that they're really looking for in a pipe. I consider it a huge honor to work with someone to make just the right pipe for them, and a major success when it turns out to be just what they hoped for.
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:12 pm

Stick wrote:
Growley wrote:
Starting tomorrow I'm going to be making pipes full time!

What's your 'first' one going to be Brian?   scratch Very Happy

That is a terrific question...to which I have no answer at the moment. I'm going to start out the day tomorrow by seeing what hits my fancy and going from there. I'm really very excited about it actually. I've never had an entire day to work on pipes. Now that's all I have! I'll be sure to post it up here when the first one is done though.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:14 pm

PeterD wrote:
...Brian, the very best to you!!! and also to your family as you transition into this full-time endeavor....When you decide to make a Canadian...let me know!

Peter,

I'll definitely be making some Canadians. In fact, I've chosen the Lumberman shape (Canadian with a saddle stem) to be the shape I submit for the Kansas City Show contest.
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Growley

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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:15 pm

And again, thanks to all of you for the support. Win, Loose or Draw, I'm going to give it my best and love doing it.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:22 pm

Growley wrote:
PeterD wrote:
...Brian, the very best to you!!! and also to your family as you transition into this full-time endeavor....When you decide to make a Canadian...let me know!

Peter,

I'll definitely be making some Canadians. In fact, I've chosen the Lumberman shape (Canadian with a saddle stem) to be the shape I submit for the Kansas City Show contest.

Wish you the best sir!  Wink 
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:27 pm

Good luck, Brian. Hope your dreams come true.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 10:41 pm

Congratulations Brian! I wish you only the best with this endeavor. Things maybe a struggle at first but don't give up. I for one am busily pinching pennies. One day I will have a Growley of my own.

Best
Jim
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Sun May 04, 2014 11:14 pm

That's great news Brian. You make a wonderful pipe indeed. I love the one I own. I wish you the best in this endeavor, I'm sure you will rock it.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Mon May 05, 2014 12:04 am

I hope for all the best for you and your family. I am sure you will do well, and I cannot wait to see the results.
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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Mon May 05, 2014 12:58 am

Congats Brian, I know you'll do well. Your quality & craftsmanship speaks for itself.


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PostSubject: Re: Growley Pipes, chasing that pipe dream.   Mon May 05, 2014 7:51 am

Brian, Excellent news. All the best in your new endeavor.
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