Tuesday, March 24, 2009

New Acquisition for 03/24/09: Boswell Bent Billiard w. shotshell

Boswell Bent Billiard w. shotshell
Originally uploaded by Jimmy Muraco

Gorgeous bent billiard witht he famous Boswell sandstone stain (my favorite Boswell finish). This pipe sports a new stem material which I guess you could call a "vanilla fudge swirl" acrylic stem. The finishing touch is a band made from a shotgun shell. I think this piece is stunning.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Acquisition for 3/18/09

Viprati No. 7
Originally uploaded by Jimmy Muraco

Another sweet Viprati pipe. I really love how these pipes look and smoke!

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Acquisition for 3/16/09: Sasieni RR Light Canadian

Sasieni RR Light Canadian
Originally uploaded by Jimmy Muraco

I really love the Sasieni 4-Dots...especially in the Rough Root Light finish. I bought this one today and am looking forward to enjoying many smokes with it.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

The 2

Inside the jar was a large blob of briar hideously mutilated by some sick twisted creature. It had a jagged plank of hard rubber sticking out of its back orifice and a gaping hole in its head. The "face" was contorted in geometrically impossible distortions. Looking closer I realized that this was not just a piece of wood but was actually a pipe!

Whoever, or "whatever", created this monstrosity must have a heart of black ice and a terminally diseased mind. While this pipe seemed to be functional I could not see how anyone would have the courage to actually smoke this thing.

A note fell out of the jar and on it was an address to a web site. I went to the site and found that it was the home of a ghoul who calls himself "The Pipe Butcher". It was this "Pipe Butcher" that created the pipe I just received.

From the site I learned that the pipe's name is Bilious Tortoise and he's really not that hard to get along with. Bilious says that while he is smoker-friendly, he really does not enjoy the company of other briars. Territorial to the extreme, Bilious has recently taken a fancy to a cute little meerschaum brandy and they enjoy sharing a common space on the same pipe rack.

Bilious has expressed an interest in writing a few columns here on "Straight grain" so stay tuned to read about pipe smoking from a real pipe's point of view. It should be fun. Until then, beware the Pipe Butcher!