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pipesbywhitney
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:00 pm    Post subject: Ugly Pipes  Reply with quote

Being the briar miser that I am I am always reluctant to throw an old ugly, beat-up pipe away. Instead I will send the parts or the whole pipe to someone who restores and/or makes pipes for their parts bin or whatever.

But, there is from time to time an exception as is the case with this pipe that may be the ugliest smoker in the world:







This pipe laid around in the bottom of a box of old pipes I bought a while back. It is a buffalo or bull head that had horns but one of the horns was broken off and it was pretty well smoked up with lots of fills and scars.

Still it kept reminding me of something so I just left it there until it dawned on me that it reminded me of a steer I raised one summer back in the 1950s. The steer was a polled Hereford and the broken off horn on this pipe reminded me of the stubs on my steer's head.

Like this pipe, the steer wasn't anything to look at. In fact, our farm neighbor who helped me work the farm (his name was Elmer Rose and my brothers after seeing a photo of me and Irish Lefty/Travis Devine in Sparta last year swear Trav looks just like Elmer) named the steer "Dumbass." Dumbass proved worthwhile in the long run providing us with over 800 pounds of prime beef that got us through a winter.

So, this appears to be my Dumbass pipe. It is marked "Hand Carved Imported Briar" and all I can think of when I look at it is that some Native American carved it out of one of those briar blocks that have been pre-drilled and have a stem fitted that you can buy from some of the pipe suppliers. It looks like something you would find in Wall's Drugs up in Dakota buffalo country.

I simply broke the other horn off to give it the polled look, removed what beat up old finish there was left on it. Colored in the fills - the giant one on the bottom especially - so they look like knots in the wood and cleaned it out. Whoever had it before had smoked it quite heavily and never taken much time to clean it out, including running a pipe cleaner through the stem. I reamed the bowl down to a light coat of char and redrilled the air channel through the shank to a precise 4mm that meets exactly at the bottom of the bowl.

However, like Dumbass the steer this has turned into a real delight of a smoker. It will take any latakia you can shove into it and smoke it down to the last ash producing billows of wonderful woodsy smelling smoke. A great find - no bite, no gurgle - from what appeared to be a piece of trash briar. You can never tell!

Has anyone out there got an uglier pipe they regularly smoke?
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whitebriar
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Ugly Pipes Reply with quote

[quote="pipesbywhitney:31123"..................................
Has anyone out there got an uglier pipe they regularly smoke?[/quote]

kinda reminds me of an old girlfriend i once had--not much to look at but..............oh, let's not go there--

nope, i don't have a pipe uglier than that one--you may win by default Dave--

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ozark southpaw
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one of those Dave! Unlike yours mine didn't smoke well at all! Couldn;t stand the ugliness so I modified it some what but taking off a bit of briar here and there.



It now looks like this--





Doesn't smoke any better but ain't quite so ugly. Now if I could do something with the looks of the old guy smoking it...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed - Love that burl grain on yours once you got it trimmed out. Kinda looks like a saltwater blow fish now that you thinned it down. Mine has red eyes with black pupils - must have been a heavy drinker ...

At least you have a nice looking pipe to stick on the rack ... mine is so ugly it lives on the porch in my work area ... still it's a great latakia smoker! Go figure ... Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Ugly Pipes Reply with quote

pipesbywhitney wrote:
Has anyone out there got an uglier pipe they regularly smoke?


You ainna gonna believa dis, but I got almost the exact pipe, WITH HORNS, but with a saddle bent bit.  Stamped, "MADE IN ITALY".  I don;t regurlarly smoke it though -- I don't think it's ever been smoked.  Got it as a gift from ted quite awhile back.  From the response here, I guess these ugly things must've sold like hotcakes.  --RJ--
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG. I sent my father to the guy I just bought those last 24 pipes from... He bought that pipe from him in new condition with horns attached. He called me to tell me about it and all I could say was that of the 140 pipes he had I knew you'd pick that one. Ahhh... one day it will be passed down to me.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel left out.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw one of these on Ebay the other day Steve!!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can say is "Eat mo' chickin"...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

steverino wrote:
I feel left out.


i think you may be lucky Steve Wink


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