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Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2010 by barrelrider

William Frederick Cody was born February 26, 1846  and died January 10, 1917. He was an American soldier, a Bison hunter and a showman. He was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West and is mostly famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes. He got the name “Buffalo Bill” after he undertook a contract to supply Kansas City Railroad workers with buffalo meat. Cody killed 4,280 American Bison, commonly known as Buffalo.

This is a photo of him circa 1875.

And here are some of his belongings on display. Notice the large picture of his good friend “Wild Bill Hickok”.

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…who could consume you as the fire consumes the grass of the plains

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2010 by barrelrider

I love the backs of these “indian peace medals”. Unfortunately these medals were merely a formality given to tribes as damage control in an attempt to more easily take away their territories. Many types and sizes existed and were used from the late 18th century to the 19th century at the end of president Andrew Johnson’s term.

“A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.” -Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2010 by barrelrider

The very first time i walked in to a tobacco store to buy some tobacco for a pipe a purchased at an antique mall i saw a pipe. I walked up and down the glass case looking at all the nice new pipes but one just demanded my attention. I told myself that i would one day get that pipe. then i found out it cost 300 dollars and said “nevermind”. At that time i would never have dreamt of paying that much for a pipe. About a year later i sold a guitar to pay for a portion of that pipe. It is to this day one of my favorites and smokes amazing. It is a full bent rusticated Caminetto. i have always wanted to purchase more but i rarely have spare money to spend on nice pipes. Its far easier for me to justify to my wife spending the money on a nice tattoo machine because its going to make me money. But a pipe is harder to justify. BUT! A regular ritual for me on my holiday visits to Chicago ha been a visit to Iwan Reis, The oldest family owned and operated tobacconist in america (recently celebrating their 150 year). Well this year they happen to have some estate pipes out and i of course noticed a lovely light colored rusticated bent apple Caminetto. The salesman saw it in my eyes. He knew i wanted it and worked me good. In the end i couldn’t resist it and let me tell you, zero regrets. it smokes as smooth as my other one and has made itself a regular in my pipe case.

Here is a little history for you. Caminetto pipes have a rich history, starting in 1959. Caminetto pipes were carved by two main carvers: Guiseppe Ascorti (Peppino) and Luigi Radice, while Gianni Davoli was the first to agree to market their pipes. Through the ’60s and early ‘70s, these pipes were in high demand, and were contracted with both European and American distributers. During the mid to late ‘70s, the demand for these pipes skyrocketed, and pushed the small factory to its limits. The trio that had come to be known as Caminetto disbanded in 1979. Ascorti and Radice went on to make each their own line of pipes. Ascorti passed away in 1984, or early 1985, I’m not exactly sure which. The current production Caminetto pipes are made by Peppino Ascorti’s son, Roberto.

I am now the proud owner of these two Caminetto pipes.

“Tobacco is the passion of honest men and he who lives without tobacco is not worthy of living.” -Moliere (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2010 by barrelrider

Oh good friends! I picked up a tin of this years Christmas cheer and let me tell you, if you haven’t picked some up yet do yourself a favor and get it before its gone.

Here is the tin description “This 2010 blend is made with a special selection of sugary, red-orange Middle Belt flue-cured Virgina from the 2004 crop near Durham. These ripe, sun-dappled leaves, picked at their peak, should age extreamely well in the tin.”

For a beginner a flake like this may seem hard to adjust to but the little time it takes to break it up to make it smokable is well worth it. The aroma from the tin is amazing and quite intoxicating, much like foreign spices, that makes your hungry for it. Virginia tobaccos by nature come with a bit of a bite but this tobacco is so sweet and smooth it is hardly noticeable. It’s a 100gram tin that will generally run you around $20. This is my third year of smoking christmas cheer for the holidays and in my opinion the best so far.

I don’t get paid to say this stuff, it’s just that good.

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2010 by barrelrider

I did the sketches for these little paintings yesterday and just finished them tonight.

“I always fear that creation will expire before teatime.” ~Sydney Smith

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 by barrelrider

My wife and and buddy Stefan talked about getting “tea time” on their knuckles a while back. stefan got his some time ago but it took my lady a bit to get around to it. She came in early with some friends and got this. Then they all went out for tea.

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.” Anne Bronte

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 by barrelrider

Just finished this today. It’s hard to tell in the photo but i used two different reds in the flowers. i tried to do a variety of rose shapes with varying leaf designs so as to give a tattooer a bunch to choose from. Easily mix and matchable.  Two birds, two daggers and a bunch of flowers. Can’t go wrong.