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Last Bowl Smoked - June 2017
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pipesbywhitney
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:10 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

For the last few days I have been playing around with three big cobs I have accumulated. Loaded with my Balkan Home Blend they have turned into wonderful smokers.

In the photo below the front pipe is a MacArthur tall bowl that I found in a lot of pipes I bought for a song. It had a crack in the shank and a mouthpiece that was chewed up. I epoxied the shank and fitted the pipe with an injection-molded vulcanite stem (I get these blanks from Vermont pipes for $3-$4 a piece and love them - they are easy to sand down by hand and fit to old pipes).

The middle pipe is a "natural" General, the bowl of which I bought for $8 unsmoked and then sanded down. It has been fitted with one of the injection-molded vulcanite stems.

The pipe in back is an MM Free Hand I found in a bag of seconds/rejects I bought from the factory. It, too, has been refitted with one of the injection-molded vulcanite stems.

Altogether I only have $30-$25 in this trio and I have turned out a wonderful set of MMs. They are all big pipes. The General is the best smoking of the three, but the other two are no slackers!



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greatly impoved trio there Dave. I don't remember ever having a bad smoking cob. I think I will smoke me some PA in one of mine later today. The combination of burley and a cob always pleases me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CapBlack in a smooth 40
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, didn't you say that cobs are not good for aromatics because of the amount of moisture in them causes cobs to crack  or something?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Rich wrote:
Dave, didn't you say that cobs are not good for aromatics because of the amount of moisture in them causes cobs to crack  or something?


Unc - I seem to remember that from somewhere. I don't smoke many aromatics, so don't give it too much thought. I might have tried some Altadis (Sutliff) D40 when I was putting the tall one together just to see what it was, but it - the tobacco not the pipe - went in the mail to you a day or so ago since you like aromatics ... they do produce a bit more moisture than I like in my cobs ... Dave
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burey LightWontBite in a smooth 41
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Balkan Home Blend in a Mario Grandi Morta (Bog Oak) bamboo bent:


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CapBlack in a smooth 46
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Only pipe Joy ever bought for me..


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White Burley in a smooth 48


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