Category Archives: Briar

Forgotten Talent

Growing up I was usually found playing with cars, Legos, or drawing. I spent a lot of time sketching cars and houses, it was my favorite past time. Then I started playing video games and slowly I stopped drawing. I’m not blaming it on video games, but that’s what I spent my time doing. Other friends were better than me at drawing more realistic images so I lost my motivation. I’ve never been able to just sit down and draw something, I need motivation and passion for the subject matter.

Last night, while smoking alone, I decide it was time to find some local smoking friends, and what better place than a Pipe Club. Now I did a little research and found that there isn’t one. Sure there is a small group of pipe/cigar smokers that smoke at the shop but no set meetings. So I decided to start one.

I set out to draw a simple logo, something to catch the eye of passerby’s. I want to have a few posters made up and get the word spread. So this what I created.

——- The Sketch ——-

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——- The Finished Product ——-

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This really motivates me to pick up the pencil more often.

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Virginia Woods – My review

My video review of Virginia Woods. Hope you like it. This is easily my favorite tobacco.

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Regretful Pipe Purchases

In July of 2011 I started a new career. I was very excited to get away from UPS and into a career I enjoyed. On a trip to the tobacconist, a pipe caught my eye and the price tag made it even more attractive. At under $40 this Brebbia Koralle seemed like a no brainer.

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The pipe seemed to beg for for a nice aromatic tobacco in its bowl. After only a couple of smokes I realized that the shape of the pipe was just not conducive to aromatic tobaccos so the pipe was placed on a shelf and it remained there for a while. I often thought of getting it down and giving it another go but I was always reminded of the horrific gurgle it created. Now I am by no means a professional pipe smoker, but I knew it wasn’t just my poor smoking abilities. I decided to clean it up a few days ago and try to smoke a nice dry English tobacco in it. After about 20 minutes I was in gurgle Hell. The worst part is that it’s impossible to run a pipe cleaner through the stem due to the extremely narrow draft hole.

So this briar no sits on my shelf again. Instead of reminding me of the awesome career change as I intended it to, it causes me to regret ever purchasing it. Do you have pipes you regret purchasing?

**UPDATE**
1-23-2012
I bored out the opening of the shank into the bowl to 5/32 at the advice of fellow pipe smokers. It seems to have helped in reducing the gurgle. The pipe is now smokable and with the right tobacco may even smoke dry.

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