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March 2021 Acquisitions!!

brandaves

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I got a very nice surprise from @Mike H today! Two Bernard's snuff tap boxes, two pipe tobacco samples of what I believe are whole leaf blends of his own creation as well as some of his own Rustica/dark fired snuff.

BTW Mike, your snuff is outstanding! It has a very pleasing smoky flavor and the vitamin N is certainly not wanting. Thank you so much!
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I got a very nice surprise from @Mike H today! Two Bernard's snuff tap boxes, two pipe tobacco samples of what I believe are whole leaf blends of his own creation as well as some of his own Rustica/dark fired snuff.

BTW Mike, your snuff is outstanding! It has a very pleasing smoky flavor and the vitamin N is certainly not wanting. Thank you so much!
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Awesome! The Red Lemon is a broken flake of Whole Leaf mature red, and bright leaf flue cured tobacco, pressed and sliced. The Navy Red is the same mature red Virginia, added rum and rolled into a twist. Aged for a month then sliced into coins. Let me know what you think.
The schmalzers make my nose run too much.
 

brandaves

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Awesome! The Red Lemon is a broken flake of Whole Leaf mature red, and bright leaf flue cured tobacco, pressed and sliced. The Navy Red is the same mature red Virginia, added rum and rolled into a twist. Aged for a month then sliced into coins. Let me know what you think.
The schmalzers make my nose run too much.
I'll let you know how I enjoy those blends, I'm excited to try them.

I'm familiar with the Bernard's schmalzlers and enjoy them, although they do tend to drip. They will certainly get used!
 
I had a fruitful St. Patrick's Day. Between Smoking Pipes and Tobacco Pipes, I ordered five new Petersons and eight tins of tobacco. All of it was supposed to arrive today, but the TP order is delayed a day or two. A little disappointing, but it's ok, because the SP order was the bigger of the two, and that came.

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I didn't really order the St. Patrick's Day Reserve; that was just part of their promotion. Buy a Pete, get a tin. Damn right I'm going to take free tobacco.
 
The "My Own Blend" straight billiard, possibly a Stanwell, arrived this morning from Blue Room Briars, along with a packet of their pipe cleaners. I'll have pics later. But in with the disassembled pipe is a note, "We strongly recommend allowing your pipe to acclimate to room temperature conditions before assembly." Do they think I'll be standing outside in a cold gale trying to assemble stem to shank?
 
I had a fruitful St. Patrick's Day. Between Smoking Pipes and Tobacco Pipes, I ordered five new Petersons and eight tins of tobacco. All of it was supposed to arrive today, but the TP order is delayed a day or two. A little disappointing, but it's ok, because the SP order was the bigger of the two, and that came.

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I didn't really order the St. Patrick's Day Reserve; that was just part of their promotion. Buy a Pete, get a tin. Damn right I'm going to take free tobacco.
That's what I would call a Bonanza.
 
Pics of the new to me Blue Room Briars Stanwell (?) billiard:

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I swear this pipe looks almost brand new! Blue Room included a velvet pouch for it and a packet of their pipe cleaners, too.

The only thing that concerns me a tiny bit is this. The stem's tenon is not as tight-fitting as I'm used to in my pipes. It slides in easily, and it stays in place -- I'm not too worried that it'll fall out or anything. Is this something that will work itself out, i.e., will it fit more tightly while I'm smoking it? Or is there anything I can or should do to make it fit a bit more snugly? If it were too tight, I could sand the tenon a bit -- but this is the opposite.

I'm thinking a good tobacco would be the Sutliff Match Field & Stream.
 
Pics of the new to me Blue Room Briars Stanwell (?) billiard:

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I swear this pipe looks almost brand new! Blue Room included a velvet pouch for it and a packet of their pipe cleaners, too.

The only thing that concerns me a tiny bit is this. The stem's tenon is not as tight-fitting as I'm used to in my pipes. It slides in easily, and it stays in place -- I'm not too worried that it'll fall out or anything. Is this something that will work itself out, i.e., will it fit more tightly while I'm smoking it? Or is there anything I can or should do to make it fit a bit more snugly? If it were too tight, I could sand the tenon a bit -- but this is the opposite.

I'm thinking a good tobacco would be the Sutliff Match Field & Stream.
It may be very dry. Smoke it a bit. Regular smoking should swell up that joint a little. Often, enough.

But if that does not tighten it up, apply a little beeswax to the stem end.
 
The yellow beeswax that WM sells? (My parents always told me that various things were "none of my beeswax," so I never had any!)
As long as it is pure beeswax, you are good to go. Avoid 'formulations' and other mixtures with beeswax as merely an ingredient. The other elements may not be so good for a tobacco pipe.

Pure beeswax is hard and crusty, like a 300 year old cheese. You normally have to heat it to work it.
 
I've heard back from Scott at Blue Room Briars about the stem issue with my Stanwell billiard. He writes, "Please run a few bowls of tobacco through the pipe. Smoke as you normally would (including a quick pass of a pipe cleaner after each session). For the first half dozen or so, do NOT remove the stem from the pipe and if possible, try to avoid turning it in the stummel as well. With the slow and repeated heating of each session, we are very confident the pipe will realign as it should and everything will be fine. We would also recommend to be sure and not store the pipe in a particularly cool place between sessions. Room temperature should do the trick without any problems."

This sounds sensible, no?
 

ChefJohnBoy-ardee

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Pics of the new to me Blue Room Briars Stanwell (?) billiard:

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I swear this pipe looks almost brand new! Blue Room included a velvet pouch for it and a packet of their pipe cleaners, too.

The only thing that concerns me a tiny bit is this. The stem's tenon is not as tight-fitting as I'm used to in my pipes. It slides in easily, and it stays in place -- I'm not too worried that it'll fall out or anything. Is this something that will work itself out, i.e., will it fit more tightly while I'm smoking it? Or is there anything I can or should do to make it fit a bit more snugly? If it were too tight, I could sand the tenon a bit -- but this is the opposite.

I'm thinking a good tobacco would be the Sutliff Match Field & Stream.
A lot of times stems can get loose after it hasn't been smoked in a while. Just smoke it. It will get tighter. Have had it happen to a good number of older pipes.
 
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