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PostSubject: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:50 pm

Well, I returned from the West Coast Pipe Show last night, and it was so much fun, I don't know where to begin! There were wall to wall pipes and smiles all around, and the air was thick with pipe and cigar smoke. I really can't put into words how many amazing pipes were to be seen and handled, and how many carvers and dealers were present to answer questions or just shoot the breeze. The artistry and talent on display was staggering. I met up with Shane (S.Ireland) from this forum, and we had a nice discussion on collecting and pipe pipe making. I didn't get to stay for the second day, which is probably for the best, as my already weak resolve would have probably caved in altogether. As it is, I came away with a very nice Cavicchi bulldog, and it was just what I was looking for. This event will definitely be on my calendar again next year, and I will be better prepared for the sensory overload! I took a bunch of pics, and here are a few.
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Chris.

Tonni Nielsen

Danish legend.

A couple of really nice J.T. Cooke bulldogs.

Two nice virgins, but I can't remember their names...

Mike Gukler of Briar Blues

Peter Heeschen and one of his bulldogs.

The pipe, and the hand that made it!

One BIG Ardor bulldog!

Some incredible Peter Heding pipes. And my finger...

Marty Pulvers, closing his eyes, and probably wishing that me and my camera would be gone when he opened them again.

A beautiful selection from the late, great Rainer Barbi.

R. Barbi

The mother ship saucer from Don Carlos.

Unidentified beauties.

Are you beginning to feel the sensory overload?

A selection from SmokingPipes.com.

Peter Heeschen.

One of my favorites from the show; A Poul Ilsted volcano.

Again

A mind boggling array of high grade Charatans.

Castello, anyone? I mean, how could you choose?

I'll admit to coveting this one just a little bit more than the others...

Different table, same result: Castello-copia!

Adam Davidson.

And one of his pipes.

One of Jack Howell's celebrated vol-kimos.

Steve Morisette.

A nice "sette". See what I did there?

J. Alan (Jeff Gracik)

Alex Florov. Maybe my favorite pipe in the whole show. I love this shape, and the execution is flawless.

Top view.

This Bjarne is one of the few bamboo shanked pipes that I really liked.

Another contender for best in show, in my opinion. Kurt Balleby brandy/egg.

Pearl Grade Larsen by Teddy? No problem!

Will Purdy

Purdy pipes!

Mr. J.T. Cooke

Blasted Rhodesian.

Some basket pipes.

Pretty lady!

This may have been the prettiest pipe in the whole place. Courtesy of Mr. Alex Florov.

$5,500.00?! pale

Tom Eltang. Maybe my favorite pipe at the show. How many times have I said that now?

Bamboozled!

An absolute dead ringer for one of my Sasieni's. Like twins!

The very dapper Mr. Gary Shrier.

Michail Revyagin

Lively atmosphere, and conversations.

Young pipe carvers confab.

Ernie Markle.

Hard to say, but this gigantic Castello may have been the largest pipe in the show.

Some very stout Becker morta pipes.

Kjeld Sorenson, Red Hat pipes.

S. Bang. Apparently, these guys are quite handy at making pipes.

Another gentleman with a promising future in pipe making.

Head spinning yet? Mine was, still is!

Parting shot: Four from Alex Florov. A Russian born, Chicago based carver's pipes, displayed at the Neatpipes, from Milan Italy table. In Las Vegas. Wow!

And that's a wrap!


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:19 pm

Very nice pics of the show. Would have been nice to be there too. Someday I will make a show.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:45 pm

Wowee! Great pics of great pipes! This is making me feel antsy for the Chicago show...
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:48 pm

Those guys Bang & Former look like they have promise. I bet they'll do well in the pipe world. Wink


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:57 pm

Sorry for these repetitive posts.

However, I've got to say that I would love to get my hands on some more of Peter Heeschen's work. His pipes have a style that speaks to me.

And damn do they smoke well!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:22 pm

Awesome!! Thanks for putting those up H! cheers

Did you guys end up getting together?? I'd love to see photos of some of the bro's too!!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:45 pm

Great pics and thanks for sharing them! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:08 pm

Hey E!
The only Brother I ran into was Mr. Shane Ireland, and here he is:


And here's a cased set of Dunnies, just for you!


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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:13 pm

UberHuberMan wrote:
Those guys Bang & Former look like they have promise. I bet they'll do well in the pipe world. Wink

cheers cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:10 pm

WOW!

What else can be said? looks like a great show

Thanks for sharing
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:33 pm

I can't believe you didn't bring me back one of those basket pipes. Couldn't have been more than a grand or so each.......

Great pics man. I really wish I could have gone. I went to a couple of shows over the last few years but they are too few and far between. It really is sensory overload, but it's worth every moment of gawking, isn't it?

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:53 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
I can't believe you didn't bring me back one of those basket pipes. Couldn't have been more than a grand or so each.......

Great pics man. I really wish I could have gone. I went to a couple of shows over the last few years but they are too few and far between. It really is sensory overload, but it's worth every moment of gawking, isn't it?

Absolutely worth it!
And I have to tell you, the phrase "Castello lust, big time" popped into my head several times!
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:23 pm

I don't believe I've ever seen a Castello as big as that giant you showed, that thing is a monster. Castello lust, big time there indeed!!! I agree with your assessment of that fiamata bent doggy you were ogling, a real beaut!

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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:34 pm

Hey thanks for putting those new ones up too!! Probably a good thing I couldn't make it this year. From the looks of things there's NO WAY I would've gotten home without spending a mint on pipes....

I mean, a whole table filled with Charatan high grades!!?? Fugeddaboudit..... drool
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:10 pm

i had a really good time too yesterday. it was my first pipe show. can't wait to take a picture of what I got. the ony thing i have to worry about is having a room mate in the future that thinks i have way too many damn pipes. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:18 pm

Wow Chris, this post and the pics are just overwhelming, much more interesting than the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition! Thanks for taking the time to put this together and share it with us bro! Cool Cool Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:27 pm

All I can say is WOOOWW What a Face cyclops Awsome show and pics
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:32 pm

Thanks for posting the photos Chris! For me, the next best thing to being at a show is seeing some great photos taken at one.

Jim

PS Shane doesn't look at all like his avatar. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:42 pm

Dutch wrote:
Wow Chris, this post and the pics are just overwhelming, much more interesting than the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition! Thanks for taking the time to put this together and share it with us bro! Cool Cool Cool

No problem, it's my pleasure!

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Thanks for posting the photos Chris! For me, the next best thing to being at a show is seeing some great photos taken at one.

Jim

PS Shane doesn't look at all like his avatar.

No, no he doesn't! lol!


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I mean, a whole table filled with Charatan high grades!!??

Hey E, that was only one of the Charatan tables. The Charatan collectors were holding their annual meeting there... Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:29 pm

H, I think this makes you the official BoB Pipe Show Photojournalist!! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:14 am

Hooray! cheers cheers It was like I was there! Except I didn't come home with anything...

...which by the way, after mentioning about 20 pipes that were the best of show... what followed you home? Cool
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:02 am

thanks for sharing your photos and for including the captions. fun look and read.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:58 pm

It was a really fun show. My first pipe show and to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. It is easy to browse pipes on the internet, but you don't get quite the understanding of the styles and shapes until they are all next to each other. Really nice to have them together like that. And to speak to the pipe makers about size and style is a treat. I bought 3 designer pipes, two directly from the pipe makers and they were very eager to stay in the loop on how well it works for me. Everyone who attended the Chicago pipe show said it was a completely overwhelming experience. So where the West Coast Pipe Show is more intimate, the Chicago show is more hustle and bustle. If you haven't been to a pipe show, I highly recommend the experience.

And must say Russ Ouellette is a great guy. He gave a seminar on blending and was very helpful in everything from tobacco selection to storing techniques.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:49 pm

Thanks for posting those pictures. Looked to be an awesome show. Glad to see Misha. He's my number one pipe maker crush. The guy's pipes speak to me and someday I hope to own one.
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PostSubject: Re: 2011 West Coast Pipe Show Pics!   Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:49 am

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Hooray! cheers cheers It was like I was there! Except I didn't come home with anything...

...which by the way, after mentioning about 20 pipes that were the best of show... what followed you home? Cool

I picked up a nice Cavicchi bulldog from Neatpipes. I'll post a pic when I get a chance.
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