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In Praise of the Willard
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Kentuck
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:50 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Nice ones Joe! A Willard can be pretty too. I know we all enjoy beautiful pipes with awesome grain and famous names. This includes me as well as anybody. Fact is I just can't afford them and probably wouldn't buy them if I could. I am not convinced they would smoke any better than a well made pipe at a lot less cost. There is nobody to see what I smoke out here in the boondocks. ,My wife and a few old dogs, crows, hawks, the occasional deer and wild turkey and such critters. They sure don't care. When friends and family drop by they could give a rat's patootie what I smoke. They wouldn't know a Dunhill from a bubble pipe anyway. (especially my wife's relatives!). The real beauty in a pipe is how it smokes. There are some darn good Willards. Bluejeans can be a lot more comfortable than a tuxedo to wear around the house or work on the tractor. Very Happy
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ted
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willard bents will usually have a vulcanite stem.

The plastic stem would bend, but it would just straighten back out.


Here is an example..

http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-VTG-Est...item2cc2ccd9a1:g:d5YAAOSwidlZZ1Ly
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Uncle Rich
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Lonnie. I usually only buy inexpensive pies for 10 bucks or less, but I do avoid pipes with lots of large fills or have discolored severely from heavy uses. U can tell from photos where the center of the bow lis obviously seriously discolored. I do not have the funds or desire to spend a lot on 1 pipe, and frankly over the years can only recall 2 or 3 that were bad buys. I did get a refund on a couple of them. WE all have our idiocyncrasies. I for one willnot wear a shirt with a stain. If it does not comeout in the wash- out it goes. Never wear a tuxedo on your tractor, might scare the deer.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Joeman: Those came out super nice Joe, enjoy them !!

@Lonnie: I'll trade you a crisp one dollar bill for a picture of you on a tractor, in a tuxedo, smoking a bubble pipe!!

@Rich: I for one don't have any idiosyncrasies and just to be sure, I asked all the voices in my head and they agreed with me...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lonnie...I just received a group call from one of your dogs, a crow and two squirrels.  They said "Lonnie doesn't seem to have any expensive artisan or Dunhill pipes; please help him".
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Kentuck
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got plenty of artisan pipes Joe! The artisans just all seem to have worked in Sparta, N.C. at one time or another.  Very Happy The group call was probably organized by one of the Beagles. I went out on the porch and hollered "Who did it you fleabags!". One of them raised his head and blinked at me. A sure sign of guilt.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently picked up a couple of Willards on Ebay.  One is smooth and the other rusticated.  They both look like they have never been smoked.  Currently breaking them in with Carter Hall.  These are my first Willards unless you count the one in the old blister pack with two boxes of Carter Hall.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally starting to go thru boxes. Pulled out this fine smoking Willard that came to Casa Wildcat via Tiger Jack. Shape wise I'd say Grabow 44 pear. Handsome pipe. Thanks again Clint. Just enjoyed a bowl of 2011 Pinkerton era Velvet. Smoked dry and cool.



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