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Subject: Pipes Digest #33 - January 7, 1990

		  Pipes Digest #33 - January 7, 1990


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From: Pestilence <??????????????????????>
To: ??????????????????????????????
Subject: Replying . . .
Status: R

Well, to settle your curiosity, I received the digest at 4:43pm on x-mess-eve.
(yup, I'm a Grinch too :-)

Also, perfect timing for the Digest too!  Right on my birthday!  Thanx!

Well, talk to ya sometime... Happy smoking!
~\U - Bart

ps. Got my friend an "Omega"-style pipe for x-mess, and he loves it!  We may
have another member soon. . .

[ To which I replied: "What's an Omega?" And he said... ]

Thanx.

It's a Dr. Grabow "Omega" pipe.  At least that's what the box called it.
To me, it looked like a standard, bent-style, Sherlock Holmes pipe. :-)

I take it Dr. Grabow is not the company I should be learning all my pipe
trivia and information from, eh?

Later,
- Bart


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From: Steve Masticola (??????????????????????????)
Subject: Calling Dr. Grabow, Dr. Fine, Dr. Grabow ...

> I take it Dr. Grabow is not the company I should be learning all my pipe
trivia and information from, eh?

Hey, as long as you like to smoke it, it's fine. But if it has a lacquer
or paint outer finish, you'd probably be better off with a good "second"
from your local pipe shop. The cost shouldn't be all that much different.
If there's lacquer inside the bowl, don't even smoke the thing (yeech!
I can't really believe there are people who do things like that to an
innocent briar, but it's a fact that there are!)

Also, there's a shop in NYC called the "Connoisseur" that sells good-quality
pipes in the $30-40 range. These are either carved or smooth; the smooth
ones may show some surface flaws. Also, another shop called "With Pipe
and Book" in upstate NY has a nice assortment of pipes in the $25 range.
I'm away from the addresses, but if you're interested let me know and I'll
mail them to you. Both places take mail orders and put out catalogs.

Lastly, don't knock Dr. Grabow out of hand (unless you have a cork knocker :-)
Kaywoodies used to be thought of as a "drugstore" pipe, now the old ones
are collector's items.

~\U Steve.

[ For those others who are interested:

Connoisseur Pipe Shop, Ltd.
51 W. 46th St.
NY NY 10036
(Their "Turkish Black is verrah nice - Thanks, Elias!)

With Pipe and Book
91 Main St.
Lake Placid, NY 12946

also worth getting a HUGE catalog from is:

Levin Pipes International
RFD 1 Box 565
West Hill Road
Craftsbury, VT 05826
(ask for the Peter Heinrichs catalog)


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From: ????????????????????????
Subject: Re:  Pipes Digest #32 - December 24, 1989


Our most gracious Grand Poobah writes:

>Also, I must admit that I sometimes read one of the "alt" newsgroups
>associated with hedonistic use of "certain substances." 

Y'know, this reminds me of my college days.  As I mentioned, Tim West
used to share a store with, among other things, a "head shop", so that,
while perusing his fine briars, I also discovered a wide variety of
"alternative", er, utensils.

Among these were, of course, "bongs" (bhangs), those little water pipes
with tiny bowls suitable for only the most powerful smokes... latakia,
I presume 8-)  These, in turn, made me think of a full-sized Indian 
hooka, the floor-model water pipe with, I think, a generous sized bowl,
intended for tobacco.

Has anyone ever smoked pipe tobacco from any of these, or other, water
pipes ?  There would seem to be certain advantages, portability not
being among them.

Pestilence <??????????????????????> (a.k.a Bart) writes:

>Seeing as I was almost always completely broke at the time,
>there was only 1 pipe I could buy: (yes, I know you guys are probably laughing
>already but...) a Dr. Grabow corn-cob pipe and some Borkum Riff cherry
>blend tobacco. :-)  

Well, no comment on the cherry blend, but there's nothing wrong with a
corncob !   Best smoke this side of $20 !  Never smoked a Grabow cob
(or *any* Grabow, for that matter; if I want something filtered, I drink
beer 8-) , but a $3 Missouri Meerschaum is tough to beat.

In addition to being a fine smoke for the money, a corncob has several
other advantages.  It's light; it cools quickly between smokes; and if
it falls out of your pocket somewhere on the back forty, it's no big deal.

It just doesn't go well with a 3-piece suit... 8-)

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Bill Thacker	AT&T Network Systems - Columbus      ??????????????????

[ Grand Poobah, forsooth, or even five! BTW, the Peter Heinrichs
catalog, above, has a nice collection of brass water pipes with
braided hoses. Check it out. I've had no experience with a hookah
myself (you never know what you'll catch :-), but I've heard they make
for a cool, and somewhat noisy smoke. ]

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