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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:08 pm

That's a fine bomb. You take better pics than I do also. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:51 pm

I feel badly about the photo thing...I'll try to do that by mid-week...but I had to chime in about my box. After all the relatives and other company had eaten us out of house and home and finally taken their leave I dove for the box...and was not disappointed. Quite the contrary. I was amazed at the level and selection. So, in no particular order, inside the box was:

1 - half pound bag of John Patton's, "Virginia Squire". (I''ve not tried it before, but it sure smells good!)
1 - half pound bag of John Patton's "Stormfront". (YES! There IS an Easter bunny! - This is my favorite blend in the world.)
1 - tin of KingFisher - (Love it! Haven't had it for years. Will soon love it anew.)
1 - tin of Dunhill Flake - (Seriously good stuff.)
1 - tin of Hamborger Veermaster - (Windjammer 'baccy - one of the world's great Virginias.)
1 - tubby tin of Rattray's Black Virginia - (About which I know nothing!)
3 - bundles of cleaners - (Something I always need and use...a great addition.)
1 - Amazing Bjarne (handmade) Straight Apple Panel...Diamond Shank...Sorta Lovat Stemed. Its Partially Rusticated with a Smooth Panel on each side of the bowl. The grain is stunning on this one. It's like...if the bowl dove into a vat of georgous grain...chin first...and it streaked up the front and sides of the bowl at about a 15 degree angle, leaving the back of the bowl totally birdseyed...that would be this pipe. Very traditional, esp. for a Danish, and very masculine. Hand made certainly. It looks as though the rustication was added after the pipe was made as it covers part of the stamping...and looks JUST like the "micro-rustication" that is the hallmark of Brackner pipes. A real prize, and one that will always have a special place and bring good thoughts of the sender.

Timm - Damn fine box my friend.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:22 am

Ken Collins Appreciation Society Gift Box on its way. Hopefully will reach its destination by the 28th.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:44 pm

OK - I'm the first and loudest to say that I'm a lousy picture taker, exp. with my wife's mini thing...but it serves. Be that as is may, here's a few snaps of the booty.

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That should give you some idea...excellent loadout!

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:10 pm

Good haul!

I was pleasantly surprised at how great of a smoke that Storm Front is. No bite. Satisfying strength. Just load and go. Tamp it when the pipe trys to go out. Smokes to the bottom of the bowl with no attention whatsoever.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:23 pm

It's my favorite blend. Nuff said.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:24 pm

Alright! Looks like the eagle has landed. The wife tells me there is a box waiting for me when I get home...And man was there. I'll try to get a pic soon. But here is the list of goodies!

1: 2oz C&D Pegasus '06
1: 2oz C&D Sunday Picnic '07
1: 2oz GLP Meridian '10
1: 50g McClelland Dark Star '05
1: 50g McClelland St. James Woods
1: 50g Dunhill Mild Blend '05
1: 2oz Bufflehead Decoy Duck '04
1: 8oz Bufflehead Wood Duck '04
1 pack pipe cleaners
Plus 2 very cool pipes! One very light weight bent dublin kind of number. And one chubby Anima. Both look great and I can't wait to smoke 'em!!

I am so excited about this box. It is loaded with good stuff! Thanks!!!!

Again I'll try to get a pic after the kids are in bed!

Ok looks like the bent Billiard is an early Brian Ruthenberg. Also I forgot to mention one more tin of Esoterica Tilbury!



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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:57 pm

The loot has left the building boys.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:58 pm

That's a great load! Excellent!

So - where does anyone get Bufflehead? I've seen it on the review site, but never been able to find it. I thought it might no longer be in production, etc. Is it still being made (yes, I know the tins in the exchange box were older...but it never hurts to ask! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:01 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
That's a great load! Excellent!

So - where does anyone get Bufflehead? I've seen it on the review site, but never been able to find it. I thought it might no longer be in production, etc. Is it still being made (yes, I know the tins in the exchange box were older...but it never hurts to ask! Cool

It's gone. David Windsor was put out of business by the Missouri tax people about 5 years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:05 pm

Well, unfortunately, that makes sense...in a way...you know what I mean.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:01 am

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Well, unfortunately, that makes sense...in a way...you know what I mean.

Actually, it didn't. If he'd sold the tobacco in bags all would have been well. But he used tins, which triggered some obscure sub-paragraph in the law that left him stuck with back taxes on 30 years of sales.

I hope the just-out-of-college asshat career climber who got his brownie points for digging up obscure legal trivia---"Hey, boss, look at this!"---enjoyed his "success." After all, even tiny-minded, greedy little vermin like him don't get to destroy an old man's only livelihood every day.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 1:09 am

This is was waiting for me when I got home:



Thank you very much whoever you are, it was a terrible day at work and this has brightened my day!

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:59 pm

Nice bomb. Got to admit that the sock has me baffled though. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:41 pm

Carlos, I guess if you put a pipe in it. It could be a pipe sock.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:02 pm

thats exactly what it is...and I know who sent it without even looking at the list...lol..
Same for the Bufflehead Bomb.. lol..

Some good plays so far fellers!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:10 pm

Seems to me that a really nice sock doesn't need a reason. My only concern (no I don't have OCD) is...WHERE'S THE OTHER ONE?!?

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:33 pm

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Seems to me that a really nice sock doesn't need a reason. My only concern (no I don't have OCD) is...WHERE'S THE OTHER ONE?!?

You are in good company. Thirty four million???

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1152&bih=749&q=where+do+lost+socks+go%3F&aq=f&aqi=g-v1&aql=&oq=

(Not even Wolfram Alpha knows)
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:49 pm

Thirty four million, two hundred thousand...to be precise!




I am officially stunned.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:16 am

You're exactly right it is the pipe sock. Laughing
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PostSubject: It Landed   Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:36 pm

I am totally overwhelmed! The box was here when I got home today. Wow! I will finally have to get mycam working to show everybody this treasure trove! Here's the list:

Great new Peterson bent. Great looking bent with silver band. Already being christened with it's first bowl.

3 CAO Premium Cigars - 2 Gold and 1 Italia

Pipe tool

Custom handmade tamper

9 (THAT'S RIGHT NINE) tins of tobacco

Petersons Sherlock Holmes - now opened and in the new Pete

Dunhill Royal Yacht

Butera Pelican

C&D Exhausted Rooster

GLP Charing Cross

Ashton Artisans Blend

Captain Earle Ten Russians

GLP Quiet Nights

GLP Chelsea Morning

And I thought we decided not to have a box pass. This is Great! Thanks, whoever you are. Sure made my month!
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:49 pm

Excellent haul there, o clueless one. The Ken Collins appreciation society has performed quite admirably. Bravo.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:53 am



Got my package today before going to work on night shift. Turned an otherwise really bad day into a great one.
As you can see, quite a haul. Two 50g tins of Dunhill mixtures I have been wanting to try, a tin of Escudo, two Peterson offerings (Irish Flake and Peterson's Perfect Plug) and a tin of McBaren's Navy Flake. Fluffy and Bristly pipe cleaners and a wonderful Johs pipe, the bowl of which easily swallows my entire thumb. That should make a great flake pipe!

I am Shocked and Very Happy ! The only problem is I prolly won't get much sleep today. I'll be too busy trying out that new pipe and one of those wonderful flakes. Good thing I have the rest of the night to decide which one.

Thank you seems so inadequate for such a generous gift! cheers

Long live Ken's spirit of generosity and caring.
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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Thu Apr 28, 2011 8:56 am

More great bombs. I see all these tins and wonder if I have any of that open. I need to clean the cellar really good.

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PostSubject: Re: The 1st Annual Ken Collins Exchange.   Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:03 am

A beautiful pipe and an excellent lineup to smoke in it. You're right...that would turn a bad day into a good one.

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