Pipe Smoking Memories . . .

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My grandfather was a widower and so my dad had a half brother who was a bit older than he was. His name was Horace and contrary to my grandpaw and my dad he was grumpy and always seemed half mad about something. But we swapped work as his farm was just a bit up the road from ours. Neither my dad or my grandpaw smoked. But Horace, he chewed and smoked. First he’d cut a chunk off a plug with his pocketknife that had been sharpened so many times the blade was about a third its original size. Then he’d proceed to chew it until it no longer gave the effect he was looking for. The wad came out of his mouth and went into his shirt pocket. At the end of the day this clump went on the mantle above the fireplace were a number of older clumps of chewed plug tobacco waited thier final fate. Also on the mantle was a pipe. I don’t remember much about it other than it was straight. Horace would choose one of the dried clumps, pop it into the pipe and light it up. I can’t say that I picked up pipe smoking from him. But thinking back I have good memories of working on the farm and visiting Horace. Funny thing about him and his wife was that he didn’t know she dipped snuff until after they were married and it always was a sore spot. Maybe that’s why he chewed and smoked? Or maybe it was something he learned from grandpaw, to not throw anything away that could be used? I guess I did get a bit frugal from him. But I ain’t smoking any tobacco that’s been chewed.
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ncrobb wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:22 am But I ain’t smoking any tobacco that’s been chewed.
I'm loving these stories. The older I get, the more I think about and long for the past. I often feel as if I was born out of time, like I fell out of the cosmic deck of cards and shuffled back into the wrong order. My wife feels the same way. I'd hazard a guess and say I bet many of us here feel that way.
As for chewing, then smoking like Horace did, I had the habit of smoking a cigar and, if it was particularly good, I'd put the butt 'tween cheek and gum and give it a chew. A reverse Horace if you will.
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Wildcat wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:28 am There were always pipe smokers around when I was a kid. My Pa didn't smoke, but Papa Jim did. He was my Nana's sister's husband. They lived next door and it was like having a third set of grandparents. Papa Jim was never without a pipe. I mostly remember Half&Half and Captain Black. He got my dad to pipe smoking, but he was mainly an unfiltered Camel man. I don't remember jars or canisters of tobacco, just pouches, but he may have had one or two. He had a pipe rack next to his chair on a table by the front window. As these house pipes and visiting pipes aged out they became work pipes and lived in jars or coffee cans in the basement or the shed. Eventually they became electrical tape Franken-pipes. In his late seventies he got a spot on his lip where he clenched his pipe. They removed it and the doctor's only advise was to clench on the other side of his mouth. He smoked a pipe until he left us in his eighties. They don't make men like him and my Pa anymore. They each ran a truck farm and worked full time jobs, plus side gigs. My Pa was also a Town Justice and managed to breed and train Brittany Spaniels and Coon Dogs. Papa Jim was also a handyman and tinkerer.
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Ruffinogold wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:48 am Its always refreshing to hear stories about normal people
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Wildcat wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:23 pm
Ruffinogold wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:48 am Its always refreshing to hear stories about normal people
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No , youre not normal but your papa jim was :)
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Ruffinogold wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 3:45 pm
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Ruffinogold wrote: Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:48 am Its always refreshing to hear stories about normal people
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No , youre not normal but your papa jim was :)
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Great thread, thanks for sharing! Both of my grandfather's smoked a pipe and my dad did too... nothing really stood out other than the fact that it always smelt like pipe tobacco in our house. I never really paid attention to details at that age.. That's all I have.
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