Weird and wonderful pipes

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my beloved Ronson pipe, and my quest for a new bowl for it.

It was one of my first pipes, so I’ve had it for about 35 years.

I liked it because it filtered out the goo and the tobacco didn’t end up all soggy in the bottom of the bowl.

I got in touch with a Belgian who has his own business making pipes. He sent me a bowl. It worked, but the thread was a bit loose, so it leaked a bit.

Elie, who runs the business is, by all appearances a very nice person, and was very apologetic about the leak.

I took the bull by the horns, and placed an order for a new pipe, that has a plumbing system sort of on the lines of the Ronson. It arrived a couple of days ago. I opened the box, not knowing quite what to expect and found not only my new pipe, but a spare bowl, pipe cleaners, another spare for my Ronson, and a pipe lighter!


My new pipe has a weird but very effective system. It has filters and traps and condensers and God knows what else. And at the end of a pipe-full, I remove the bowl and there is all the sh*t that I had been smoking previously.

Elie has a great website – Elie’s Freehand Pipes [I like nicely designed websites], and has a great range of very strange and wonderful designs.

I think I’ll save up and buy myself one of these…


Or maybe one of these…


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Weird and wonderful pipes — 12 Comments

  1. Thank you Robert.

    I’m having a nice puff as I type [and if anyone reads anything smutty into that, I’ll set Tiddles on ya].

    I doubt I would have found them in the Golden Pages all right. And they don’t advertise here. So the Internet is, indeed a wonderful place.

  2. Elie is an artist! I love the shapes and quirkiness. The only problem is that I’d feel like I had just stepped out of “The Lord of the Rings”!!

    He’s extremely efficient and friendly too. I had been bombarding him with questions and he is always tolerant and quick to reply. He’s going to get more of my trade anyway.

    And I always believe that if I find something special on the Web that I should give them a plug. Pun intended.

  3. Isn’t it always nice to get good customer service these days. It is becoming so unusual in these take it or leave it times.

    I almost wish I was a pipe smoker!

  4. Dear sir
    talking of the Ronson pipe,I have saved in my collection two examples of this pipe both brand new unsmoked and one spare bowl,any takers?? 

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