My Nosewarmer Collection

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Dec 12, 2007
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Greg Pease calls 'em "bruccianosos." I call 'em "nosewarmers." But no matter what you call 'em, I really do love these little pipes.

They say we're attracted to people and things that look like us. So I suppose it's no wonder that I like compact and chubby pipes. They may not be long, lean, graceful, or supple shapes, but when I crave that, I reach for a zulu – a shape that, in my eyes, epitomizes grace.

I've been collecting these pipes for awhile and I finally have acquired enough of them to feel like I've got a real collection of them, as opposed to a few samples. Of course, my little collection still just aspires to someday reach the Promethean status of Hunter Small's or Greg Pease's, but one step at a time....

I hope you enjoy them!

1. Apple - Adam Davidson

2. Poker - Scott Anderson

3. Chubby Billiard - Jack Howell

4. Chubby Billiard - Alex Florov

5. Chubby Zulu - Rad Davis

6. Bullcano - Will Purdy

7. Roma - John Crosby

8. MacDonald Bulldog - Adam Davidson

9. McCutcheon Billiard - Jody Davis

10. Chubby Prince - Jody Davis


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They are all very nice. But that Apple by Adam Davidson is just breathtaking. The color! The ring grain sandblast set off by the silver ring. My my my! :D


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Dec 11, 2007
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I covet the little Adam's Apple. Having seen it in person, and held it in my own hands, I know how beautifully it just "fits." It's a remarkable pipe.

One of the things I like about these is that they're like Jack Russell Terriers; big dogs in little bodies. They don't behave like tiny pipes, despite their somewhat diminutive stature. It's what originally attracted me to the first Castello #10, and has kept me coming back for more. It was really fun to have all 12 of them in one little pistol case at the show. A whole collection you can fit in the glove box... (That IS where pistol cases go, isn't it?)

A nice collection, Neill. I'm happy to see windening interest in these little pipes. When I got my first #10, it had been sitting on Luca's page for months. I kept looking at it, wihtout ever paying attention to the size indications. It was just a beautiful, chubby billiard. When I finally decided to get it, and it arrived, I thought Luca had played a joke. "What the hell is this tiny thing?" Then, it's charms hit me. I was smitten, and began the quest for more. Castello, at the time, had made very few of them, and only a couple had ever sold in the US.

Once I'd searched the globe to get a few, and opened my big bazoo about how cool I thought they were, Castello started producing them in larger quantities, and they soon developed an alomst cult-like following, becoming quite popular.

So much for finding 'em cheap on ebay, or sitting for months on some friend's site at a bargain basement price...

Have I mentioned that I really love that Adam Davidson? I have? More than once? Sorry...

Oh, and you very nearly didn't get the Purdy. Will had sent it to me with some other stuff to shoot, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. When I told him I wanted it, it had been "spoken for." Damn that ZuluCollector guy... ;)

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand-grenades.


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How come so many short pipes are chubby? I mean I'm sensing some stereo typing here.