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Reply #15 - Feb 6th, 2013 at 2:17am
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Feb 5th, 2013 at 7:52pm:
I'll have to make some more, I just gave the last one away.  I'll make some tonight, let them dry for a couple of days, then put them in the oven overnight and then fire them the next day.  Due to all the rain recently, that firing will probably be in a kiln, is that OK?


Yeah! What else do you fire them in? Huh
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Reply #16 - Feb 6th, 2013 at 10:38am
 
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It's called pit firing but it doesn't use a pit, it is surface firing.  Except that term was already taken when the Europeans got here, and it means something entirely different to a potter, so the way the NAs' fired their pottery got lumped into a general category
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Reply #17 - Feb 9th, 2013 at 8:20pm
 
TC, send me a PM with a mailng address, your pipe bowl is ready.  I fired it in a fire, just before the rain got here.  But, I cheated somewhat, I put it in the oven for 24 hours at a temp just below boiling to completely dry it out before I fired it.
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Reply #18 - Feb 10th, 2013 at 4:57pm
 
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Reply #19 - Feb 12th, 2013 at 7:15pm
 
I found this one in a juniper stick. Not a replica, but I think it looks pretty cool.
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Reply #20 - Feb 12th, 2013 at 9:53pm
 
That's a nice looking pipe, are you going to smoke it?  I have a friend that smokes a pipe, he prefers wood.  He says all wooden pipes burn out sooner or later.  He said they can add a taste to the tobacco.  He also said that stone and clay pipes are noted for not adding any taste or flavor to the tobacco.  I'll take his word for it, I used to smoke cigarettes but I quit a long time ago and I don't intend to start again.
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Reply #21 - Feb 12th, 2013 at 10:30pm
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Feb 12th, 2013 at 9:53pm:
That's a nice looking pipe, are you going to smoke it?  I have a friend that smokes a pipe, he prefers wood.  He says all wooden pipes burn out sooner or later.  He said they can add a taste to the tobacco.  He also said that stone and clay pipes are noted for not adding any taste or flavor to the tobacco.  I'll take his word for it, I used to smoke cigarettes but I quit a long time ago and I don't intend to start again.  


I envy your xsmoking  Shocked I bought a clay pipe once at a rendevous in SP Co.  It was a real harsh smoker. Someone told me to coat it with honey and fire it up. Same with wood to keep it from burning up Huh Do you have a pic of your pipes?
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Reply #22 - Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:06pm
 
My camper model Wink Made from a moose antler tine back in the mid seventies.
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Reply #23 - Feb 20th, 2013 at 5:27pm
 
walter wrote on Feb 12th, 2013 at 11:06pm:
My camper model Wink Made from a moose antler tine back in the mid seventies.


That is pretty cool.  How does it smoke?
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Reply #24 - Feb 24th, 2013 at 2:28pm
 
Plenty of smoke Smiley, but hot & harsh Sad A stem extention would cure that, but then I would smoke more.
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Reply #25 - Feb 24th, 2013 at 8:51pm
 
TC, your pipe is boxed up and addressed and still siting on my kitchen table.  I have to get to town when the PO is open, I have managed to get to town during her lunch hour a couple of times.  I haven't forgotten, I just haven't managed to get it in the mail.
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Reply #26 - Feb 25th, 2013 at 3:47am
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Feb 24th, 2013 at 8:51pm:
TC, your pipe is boxed up and addressed and still siting on my kitchen table.  I have to get to town when the PO is open, I have managed to get to town during her lunch hour a couple of times.  I haven't forgotten, I just haven't managed to get it in the mail.


There's no rush.  It's still a little too cold here to stand on the patio and smoke.  I'm looking forward to it whenever you get around to sending it out
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Reply #27 - Feb 25th, 2013 at 3:48am
 
walter wrote on Feb 24th, 2013 at 2:28pm:
Plenty of smoke Smiley, but hot & harsh Sad A stem extention would cure that, but then I would smoke more.


Yeah, I'll bet it gets hot.  It is pretty, though
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Reply #28 - Mar 28th, 2013 at 10:07pm
 
Luckily enough there is still a specialist tobacconist in Coventry that still sellls clay pipes so I can enjoy them at leisure.
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Reply #29 - Apr 7th, 2013 at 9:31am
 
I flirted with pipe smoking back in the late 70s.   In my typical fashion, I did a lot of reading about the history and practice...  (I tend to get overly involved...)
Anyway, I likely know more than you would ever want to know.

The standard wood is briar, of course, specifically the burl (root structure) of the plant and more specifically highly-prized sections with the "burl" grain at the bottom and vertical grain structure on top so that the burl forms the bottom of the pipe and the grain goes vertically to "drain" fluids down to the burl section.
Back then, you could obtain a decent standard briar for from 20-50 dollars, but the very best grades were vastly more.   I have no idea what they go for now.

In addition to that traditional material, others include the popular "meerschaum" or "sea foam", (which colors beautifully with use) the old standard clay (which works surprisingly well) and more others than you can imagine.
Almost all good pipe materials are slightly porous.

I came to find out that only a small percentage of pipe smokers actually know what they are doing and properly tamp, light, tamp and re-light, tamp during smoking...  And as well to properly clean, store, and rest one's pipes.
Not to mention carrying around a bunch of junk with you all the time.....
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