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Fr_Tom

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:10 pm

I am liking mine. I read on the Kirsten web site that you are supposed to really pack the tobacco in that bowl. "Compress the charge as tightly as possible with the thumb." I have tried this, and it actually seems to work - perhaps due to the taper in the bowl. This is with H&H Old Companion - ribbon cut and pretty dry. Who knows?

This has been a good one. I am now four bowls into the Kirsten experience. I am giving it a rest and smoking some Plumcake in a Vauen "p-lip" bulldog.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:28 pm

I have cleaned mine and am set to try it out tomorrow.

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I do not think that they reply to E mails. You need to call them.

Below is a breakdown of the letter designation for Kirsten pipes.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:32 pm

Got mine all cleaned and prettied up, now am I gona smoke it? Hell no! and dirty it all up, not on a bet.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:34 pm

I knew you make that one look brand new Ron, you have awesome restoration talent
and you should offer your talent!
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Cartaphilus

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:43 pm

BigCasino wrote:
I knew you make that one look brand new Ron, you have awesome restoration talent
and you should offer your talent!
Thank you sir, your too kind.
Well, I reckon I could always use the extra money but, I feel a little weird advertising.
I have one customer but, I reckon I could always use a few more. It's just that I'm really not that comfortable about my skills yet. Maybe too much of a perfectionist.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:51 pm

Well I know there isn't one thing I wouldn't trust you to restore for me, everything I have seen that you restored looks immaculate.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:56 pm

BigCasino wrote:
Well I know there isn't one  thing I wouldn't trust you to restore for me,  everything I have seen that you restored looks immaculate.
Thank you again sir.
Now, where's that hat band stretcher?
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:20 pm

FWIW, I called the shop. I had emailed and got no response. After getting the pipe, I thought I might buy a spare larger bowl and one of the old meerschaum bowls. I got a nice guy on the phone who said they have nothing to sell for the Kirstens right now. They are wanting to get the factory back up again, and they have nothing in stock. I asked if he could tell me how to figure out the size bowl on my current pipe, and he said he couldn't really. There was just too much variety.

He said I could call back in a couple of months.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:30 pm

thats a shame I hope they get themselves going again, I wish I had extra bowls , but all I have go with pipes, and thanks to all of you my collections is down from 13 to 3 Thanks to everyone and I hope you all like them, and that they smoke well
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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:49 pm

Apparently I got dragged into this little experiment, as I got a surprise in my mailbox.

Thanks, BC!

I'll have to clean it up and post a few pictures myself, but I have to admit, it does look like a classy fella's dope pipe. Laughing

Will it smoke to any satisfaction? Range report to follow. I'll do anything at least once.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:17 pm

Like I said it was Puff Daddy's Idea Kyle, and I agreed if anyone has a eye for a funky pipe it is you
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:03 pm

Kyle Weiss wrote:
Apparently I got dragged into this little experiment, as I got a surprise in my mailbox.  

Thanks, BC!

I'll have to clean it up and post a few pictures myself, but I have to admit, it does look like a classy fella's dope pipe.   Laughing 

Will it smoke to any satisfaction?   Range report to follow.   I'll do anything at least once.  

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Complains about getting a free pipe, what gratitude!
Hey Kyle! Got a brand new rope to hang ya with, what ya think?
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:41 pm

Natch was the resident Kirsten user on the board. He knew of a member that made bowls for Kirsten pipes. The name was Mike Brissitt. Anybody know of him?

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:04 pm

Mike Brisset is a pipe maker in (I believe) Wisconsin. Used to be a good deal of chatter about his pipes and several guys here raved about them. Have not heard mention of him in some time.

There's a guy selling custom pipe bowls for Kirsten pipes on ebay. They're a little pricey and do not come with the metal hardware needed to attach them to the pipe (you'd have to have an old bowl that you could canabalize for the hardware).

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:08 pm

Got mine today & after a quick clean up and a bowl polish it's ready for its maiden voyage. I plan on smoking it tonight.

Thanks again BC! Very Happy 

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Kyle Weiss

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:23 pm

"I set you up with my sister, my SISTER, and you complain?   Even if she's missing an eye and a leg, and cuts her own hair with a butter knife?  You BASTARD! (but she has a winning personality)..."

Laughing

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I said "Thank You" already, so hush.   tongue  I also said I'd try smoking it, so double-hush.  Plus, I've told people to quit sending me pipes randomly.  This wasn't a joke, I meant it.  I'm full-up on pipes and have enough for a lifetime.   Probably gonna give away a lot of 'em soon.   Laughing

After a thorough cleaning (which was quite easy), I noticed a very bizarre scent in the bowl.   Normally when I get estate pipes, I put a match or a lighter to the inside to see what ghosts will come out scent-wise.   This has saved me from buying pipes infected with some joker's bright idea to use the pipe for Mary-Jane.   While no Em-Jay was detected in this pipe, I swear whoever owned it was smoking chili peppers and mint leaves.   Laughing Darndest scent I've ever had come forth from a pipe bowl.   I'm afraid to smoke it as-is, and haven't quite devised a way to salt-n-soak the sucker in alcohol.   Might have to either pass this one on to a genuine-collector or come up with a brilliant way to rid the Kirsten of the fact that Peter Piper picked a peck of peppers and mint and went to town on the thing one harvest season.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:33 pm

The bowl of my pipe smelled like one I had in the car and used to smoke SWR. I cleaned things compulsively, but at the end of my first couple of bowls of Old Companion, I got a SWR flavor blast for a puff or two.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 06, 2013 5:22 pm

Fr_Tom wrote:
The bowl of my pipe smelled like one I had in the car and used to smoke SWR. I cleaned things compulsively, but at the end of my first couple of bowls of Old Companion, I got a SWR flavor blast for a puff or two.
I definitely got a sweet OTC burley odor from mine. The odor also reminded me of a dry toast snuff I enjoy, albeit a touch sweeter. I was going to attempt to cleanse it with a straight VA but perhaps I'll neutralize it with a few rounds of Carter Hall.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:38 pm

Well I smoked English Oriental Supreme in mine so the latakia killed off any ghosts that may have been lingering. Detected nothing offensive. I did give the bowl a short alchohol soak and good reaming, so I may have exorcised any evil spirits before the latakia was called in for the coup de gras.

The packing and tobacco choice for this large bore conical bowl will take some experimenting. I don't concur with the pack it tight theory. At least with that particular tobacco.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:27 pm

Puff Daddy wrote:
The packing and tobacco choice for this large bore conical bowl will take some experimenting. I don't concur with the pack it tight theory. At least with that particular tobacco.
The bowl shapes on these are quite perplexing. scratch Gonna be interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:28 pm

I'm thinking air pocket method (remmeber that one?).

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PostSubject: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:45 pm

Hey P.D.

I'm still around, still carving pipes, and still making bowls for the Kirstens.

I have a group of bowls carved that need to be finished and polished, so if there is any interest, I will go ahead with them and try to get some pictures posted in the commercial section later this week.

Regards,
Mike Brissett
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:14 pm

O Methods, complicated lady of fancies, doth ye never cease? :sigh: Razz
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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:00 am

Hell yes Mike. Let us/me know when you get that done as I am definitely interested.

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PostSubject: Re: My Kirsten   Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:00 am

pipemaker wrote:
Hey P.D.

I'm still around, still carving pipes, and still making bowls for the Kirstens.

I have a group of bowls carved that need to be finished and polished, so if there is any interest, I will go ahead with them and try to get some pictures posted in the commercial section later this week.

Regards,
Mike Brissett
Hey Mike! Sounds great! cheers  I knew you were a member here but couldn't remember your username. Didn't find a website when I googled you. I'm betting there will be some interest Smile

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