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  1. Rail Man

    Viprati PAD

    Thanks everyone! The grain is quite spectacular all around. It was definitely a good find!
  2. Rail Man

    deepbass9

    Absolutely! It was a pleasure doing business, fast shipping, more than fair prices.
  3. Rail Man

    Viprati PAD

    I always like to check out local pipe and tobacco shops when traveling and on a recent business trip to Cleveland I stopped by the Robusto and Briar in the suburb of Lakewood. What a great shop with a huge lounge, and in addition to a lot of cigars they also have a very respectable stock of pipe...
  4. Rail Man

    Tinsky for the BOB Forum

    No problem! One thing about Tinsky’s pipes I like a lot is they’re priced so reasonable for a handmade artisan pipe, and they’re great smokers besides. I own two others and they are all fantastic smokers, one of them I have brings out flavors in oriental tobaccos I have never gotten out of any...
  5. Rail Man

    Tinsky for the BOB Forum

    Tinsky does offer this shape as one of his catalog shapes: http://webshop.amsmoke.com/SHAPE-13
  6. Rail Man

    Tinsky for the BOB Forum

    Anyone on the forum remember the pipe that was offered to members by Mark Tinsky? It was quite a while back, I seem to think it was 2007, and unfortunately I can’t remember who came up with the idea and put the work in to get Tinsky to offer it, and if I recall in three finishes, smooth, coral...
  7. Rail Man

    a few pipes I made while home

    Those look great, I especially like that third one!
  8. Rail Man

    FishnBanjo Memorial?

    Really sad to hear about his passing, it’s not going to be quite the same without seeing how fishnbanjo is keeping it smokey
  9. Rail Man

    Morta PAD

    That’s a nice one! Grain looks quite interesting.
  10. Rail Man

    BST PAD

    Nice dog!
  11. Rail Man

    How do Morgan Bones smoke/ feel?

    I own 4 and just picked up a fifth, they all smoke great! One of them is actually one of my best smokers of any pipe I own. The drilling is spot on on all of them and they pass a cleaner with no problem. Most bowls are on the small side of “average” though a few shapes (like the lovat and hangin...
  12. Rail Man

    Great-granddad’s Meerschaum

    Thanks everyone, it’s pretty neat to have a physical connection to a great grandfather that died 30 years before I was born, a lot different from just a photograph (which are also nice too). As for the stem I don’t believe it’s amber, it seems to be some kind of synthetic material. It’s in good...
  13. Rail Man

    Great-granddad’s Meerschaum

    No one in my immediate family smoked a pipe but my great grandfather did and luckily the meerschaum was kept and eventually passed on to me. He was born in Austria in 1877 and immigrated with is parents in 1882 to western Wisconsin. As a young man he homesteaded in North Dakota where he stayed...
  14. Rail Man

    Small Flemming

    This past winter I picked up a little pipe from Marty Pulvers site stamped Flemming. It’s a little unclear whether it was made by Flemming Peterson (Flemming Piber) or another marque called Flemming (it’s stamped Flemming in script, Piben, Denmark). Regardless who made it it’s a well crafted...
  15. Rail Man

    How do you smoke your pipe cool?

    One of the things I had to overcome was simply packing too tight. Just a little too firm and I’ve noticed a pipe will have a tendency to smoke hot, and not stay lit, which causes you to puff harder and get it even hotter. I started packing much looser than what I thought it should be and that...
  16. Rail Man

    New Old Stock Medico

    I’ve been thinking about about having a pipe dedicated exclusively to 1792 not because I smoke it often but because I smoke it only on occasion and don’t really want it ghosting my other pipes. Then it occurred to me, why not this one? It was cheap and it’s an awesome shape, so I broke down and...
  17. Rail Man

    My first Peterson

    Looks great! Classic Pete design and an interesting take on the bulldog.
  18. Rail Man

    This Peterson haunts me,

    From what I gather either you love or hate the P-Lip. Personally, it wasn’t for me, mostly because I thought the airway was too narrow, constricting the draw and making it hard to get a cleaner through.
  19. Rail Man

    New Old Stock Medico

    While looking around an antique store I came across an unsmoked Medico “Crest” bulldog, still with the “bite-proof” sticker on the bit, $10. Couldn’t pass that price up! I have no idea on the vintage, I suspect it’s not terribly old. From what little information I could find the Crest line was...
  20. Rail Man

    Top 10 American makers

    I only have a handful of examples from American carvers but I would certainly place them among the best: Larry Roush Mark Tinsky And a young carver, Clark Layton. I only have one of his pieces but it’s great, been admiring his work through Instagram.
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