There’s no Smoke..
Well, actually, there was. And quite a lot of it too. I was at the Danish National Slow Pipe Smoking Championships yesterday. For once, I did quite well, holding out for an hour and a quarter, helping my team achieve a third place in the team competition and getting myself into the top twenty. I came out of the fray with an 18th place. It wasn’t easy. I’m glad we took all those evenings in my friend’s cellar practicing for the event. My pipe virtually blocked after about thirty minutes and I couldn’t get any smoke out of it. I managed to keep it burning by blowing gently down the stem and sucking as hard as I dared on the odd occasion to keep the ember going in the right direction. I love a challenge. And I certainly had one there. After struggling with it to the end, there was nothing combustible left in my pipe. It was all ash.
The show was good too. Not as big as I hoped it would be but there were four or five pipe makers and a whole bunch of estate sellers there so there were pipes to look at, pick up and feel and buy, if one was so inclined. I saw a few old friends, made a new one, smoked myself silly and generally had a grand day in the company of my fellow men. I finally got to speak to one of the more famous pipe makers. Former. I don’t have one of his pipes. I may have to change that soon.
Stanwell supplied the pipe, a sand blasted Dublin decorated with a silver plaque stating simply “DM 2010”. I notice there is no “Made in …” stamp, so I can’t say if this is a Danish or Italian Stanwell. It does bear the Stanwell “S” on the stem but otherwise there are no markings. Either way, the quality of the pipe is typical of Stanwell and their excellent reputation. The pipe is 130 mm long and 47 mm tall. The chamber is conical starting at 19 mm and tapers 37 mm down into the bowl. This will make an excellent flake pipe.