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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:14 am

James Millar of FloggleWerks asked me if I would be willing to try out one of his rather interesting Maple & Myrtle Church Warden Pipes, well being rather partial to one of them in particular I said of course, I of course promised I would post an honest review about the pipe after I had smoked it.

The stummel is made from Myrtle wood and I must say it is a rather attractive looking wood which looks like it will colour beautifully over time, the stem is made from Maple and is a rather engaging stem, with the pipe intact one is granted a sense of almost being in the Shire, it is indeed a very splendid looking pipe and it feels marvellous in the hand.

Right from the charring light this pipe was wonderful, there was a very slight background hint of the wood coming through from the stem but it was a welcomed hint all the same, the only thing I was troubled by was the stem mouth end might gunk up over time being that it is a one piece stem with no bit attachment. This of course is acceptable as a forced manufactured stem bit would totally ruin the look and feel of the pipe so a modicum of attention during smoking will avert this from occurring I shouldn't wonder, I did not find it too distracting to be honest, I can see that stem care will become a much loved part of the smoking experience of this pipe over time.

The tobacco burnt very easily with very little heat developing on the stummel walls, a good and considerate sipping produced a marvellous smoking experience, the draw is easy with absolutely no hint of trouble what so ever. I cannot comment on how the tobacco flavour behaved in the pipe as I am on the old Dottle bottle until next week so the baccy I am using is a mix-match of a few blends and it's all 'iffy' to say the least, but the tobacco burnt down to a fine ash right to the bottom of the bowl and it did so effortlessly, I cannot tell you what a wonderful experience this pipe has proven to be.

The wife and our elder daughter both found the aesthetics of the pipe most pleasing, the wife commented that is any pipe could ever encourage her to take up the pipe then a slightly smaller version of the Middle Earth C/W would be the one, she's a non-smoker so that is quite the compliment really. Our eldest daughter asked if the pipe once belonged to a 'real Hobbit', her face was lit up like a Christmas tree, she was clearly very excited at the notion of the pipe being an actual Hobbit's pipe, when I told her that James made it and that it was a brand new pipe she promptly said "oh well, I'm sure he can make the Hobbit's another one", sometimes she can be the cutest thing in the World.

I can honestly say that I highly recommend this pipe and when I consider the extremely reasonable price of them I must wonder why every one isn't smoking one, if you are a Lord Of The Rings fan I urge you to snap one up ready for your next viewing of those marvellous movies.

My digital camera got broken and I don't have one just now so I will post an image from FloggleWerks website, mine is identical in size and shape but of course the grain is different!


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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:34 am

Neat pipe, squire!
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:42 am

Now, where can people get Longbottom Leaf for it ? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:49 am

In Pippin voice - I'm getting one!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:26 am

That is indeed a beautiful looking pipe. I've been meaning to buy a clay churchwarden for collecting purpose, but now I think this is a much better choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:44 am

How does Myrtlewood smoke compared to brair?
How durable is the wood?
Will the maple mouthpiece hold up from all that saliva?
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Briar Spirit

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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:53 am

bentbulldog wrote:
How does Myrtlewood smoke compared to brair?
How durable is the wood?
Will the maple mouthpiece hold up from all that saliva?


All aspects I am going to find out for myself and of which I shall report on in a months time, got to give the pipe a fair run so I can really be fair about it. The stem is indeed going to require close attention whilst smoking it, being wood it wont tolerate being soaked in saliva time after time, but as a curio pipe I don't mind the need for caution so much I must say. James has been smoking these pipes himself for a good long while and assures me that the cake will form just as well as it does in Briar, having smoked this one now I can report that the tobacco chamber was not damaged by the tobacco burning away, the beginnings of a cake is evident exactly the same as in my own new Briar pipes. I am a little concerned about the stem on the mouth end, I may look into using a rubber bit cover or the like, we'll see.
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:01 pm

Thanks Kirk, I just ordered a dwarf barrel and looking forward to seeing how it smokes.
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:07 pm

Yak wrote:
Now, where can people get Longbottom Leaf for it ? Laughing

What a Face

Never used the site of course but you can get it here Yak: http://justforhim.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46

Don't know how reliable the site is so I take no responsibility for their products!!
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:13 pm

Thanks for the review Kirk. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:16 pm

Dutch wrote:
Thanks for the review Kirk. Cool

No worries my friend, I can imagine the dude in your avatar chugging away on one of these pipes. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:02 pm

Yak wrote:
Now, where can people get Longbottom Leaf for it ? Laughing

What a Face

Just go to "thecountrysquireonline.com and order some.

JD has made some and he sells the crap out of it. Also has Rivendell.

They're on facebook as well.

*i don't work there*
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:03 pm

I wouldn't power-clench the stem--that's a pipe to hold.

Never got into the whole Tolkien-style smokeables fad, but for those that have, hey, probably a nifty pipe.
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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:39 pm

Ok, so I shamelessly plug my local tobacconist (reading that looks funnier than I thought) all the time but we all really need to be doing that all the time and I know many do. So here I go again.

In response to the Longbottom Leaf request, here is the page you can order some.

Get Some Longbottom Leaf Today!

Again, I don't have a monetary interest in the store, I just want to see B & M's survive. JD is a fun person and thought it would be cool to blend a Longbottom Leaf. Thing is, it is REALLY good and he has trouble keeping up with demand. But he does keep up.

If you want to try something new AND support a B & M order some and see what you think.

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PostSubject: Re: Flogglewerks Middle Earth Pipe   Wed May 01, 2013 8:40 pm

I have ordered from JUSTFORHIM many times in the past. I can speak for the quality of their "Middle Earth" blends. However do NOT order the sampler. Its over priced for the tiny amount you get. Just order an oz or two of each.

As for CountrySquire, I just ordered from them so I can't comment..yet.

As for that pipe itself, I like it. If he would do a slightly longer and pointier version of it, as well as no rim at the top, I would snap one up in a heart beat. May still.
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