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Tiki Tobacco Pipes
White Devil
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Posted: 2012-09-08 09:34 am   Permalink

I'm a bit mystified why there aren't more exemplars of tiki-themed smoking pipes (for this thread's purposes, tobacco-specific) floating around out there. Perhaps it's because the subject of smoking has attracted the politically-correct attentions & efforts of the social busybodies who wish to dispense or withhold their approval of any & all behaviors. The only readily-available tiki pipe I could find online is this fine meerschaum "Olmec Tiki" available here...

http://meerschaumpipe.us/figured-meerschaum-pipes.html

Here's another meerschaum carved by Bekler that turned up on eBay a while back.


This is an especially nice traditional briar pipe in an authentic design (no info on the carver or origin).


Another traditional in a Maori style.


Canadian carver Stephen Downie created this beauty...


Tikiphile stalwarts Coco Joe produced this accessory.


And here's a contemporary pipe holder exhibited by "Tom's Tikis" via christianpipesmokers.net.


And on the subject, let us not forget the "pipe smoker tiki."


If you have any figural tiki pipes, or images of same, please share them. I have a couple commissions in the works that I look forward to posting here once they're done.

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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2012-09-08 09:43 am   Permalink

Nice collection!!!

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2012-09-08 09:56 am   Permalink

Wow, very cool photos! About the "busybodies," they do make a valid point that some of the things we do for pleasure have an impact on society at large. But the real point, to me, is one of moderation or lack thereof. I'm speaking as one who enjoys both cigars and pipe tobacco on occasion knowing full-well about the potential long-term effects. (George Burns' long cigar-filled life notwithstanding, heh...) I find that a good cigar occasionally goes well with a good tiki drink, or a good rum poured neat, depending on who I'm hangin' with. So to each his own, we are a free country, fortunately, and I appreciate your point.

But back on-topic, I would love to see more tiki tobacco pipes become available. Maybe we'll see a tiki carver somewhere moving into an apartment complex where they'll be forced to take up carving on a smaller scale and thereby expand an under-developed area of tiki art.


 
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Posted: 2012-09-08 09:59 am   Permalink

White Devil: I just re-read your post and see that I overlooked that you've got one or more commissions in progress. I'm looking forward to seeing your work, please keep us posted.
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White Devil
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Posted: 2012-09-08 10:17 am   Permalink

In doing a Google image search, this turned up: an airbrush mural titled "No-Mon, the Tiki God of Knowledge" at the Gnomon Workshop in Hollywood, Ca. Although it's possible those are tongues emanating from the tiki's mouth (or straws going into them, though they seem eerily undersized if they're mugs), it could also be two pipes being smoked simultaneously. Downright Gigeresque.


    
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White Devil
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Posted: 2012-09-08 10:23 am   Permalink

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On 2012-09-08 09:56, AceExplorer wrote:
About the "busybodies," they do make a valid point that some of the things we do for pleasure have an impact on society at large. But the real point, to me, is one of moderation or lack thereof. I'm speaking as one who enjoys both cigars and pipe tobacco on occasion knowing full-well about the potential long-term effects. (George Burns' long cigar-filled life notwithstanding, heh...) I find that a good cigar occasionally goes well with a good tiki drink, or a good rum poured neat, depending on who I'm hangin' with. So to each his own, we are a free country, fortunately, and I appreciate your point.



On visiting a local antique shop that carries a good selection of vintage pipes, I was discussing with the owner my year-long vacation from smoking and all desirable foods as a result of acid reflux. A pipe smoker of about eighty years, he paused between puffs and suggested I find a better doctor.


    
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Posted: 2012-09-08 10:26 am   Permalink

White Devil, you made me laugh out loud, truly great advice from the old-timer.

Cheers!


 
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Posted: 2012-09-08 10:29 am   Permalink

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On 2012-09-08 10:17, White Devil wrote:
Although it's possible those are tongues emanating from the tiki's mouth (or straws going into them, though they seem eerily undersized if they're mugs), it could also be two pipes being smoked simultaneously. Downright Gigeresque.



That's a hookah-esque image. I wonder if someone has tiki hookahs in production? I'm Googling now...
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White Devil
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Posted: 2012-09-08 10:34 am   Permalink

A related thread that explores another connection between tiki and tobacco pipes can be found here, courtesy of bigbrotiki...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=27345&forum=16&hilite=tiki%20tobacco%20pipe

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-09-08 11:26 am   Permalink

A few years back I looked into casting some ceramic tiki pipes. It seems like there would be a small market for them but I just can't seem to get motivated The carvers and the casters here have tikified practically every other object in the world, I'm not sure why no is doing pipes? White Devil, I look forward to see what you're working on.
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Mr. NoNaMe
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Posted: 2012-09-08 6:44 pm   Permalink

Here is my collection of tiki pipes. Made by Acme Bakeware and designed by Squid.

These are perfectly suitable for tobacco.


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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-09-08 7:01 pm   Permalink

"These are perfectly suitable for tobacco."

I'm sure they are

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Posted: 2012-09-09 7:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2012-09-08 11:26, MadDogMike wrote:
A few years back I looked into casting some ceramic tiki pipes. It seems like there would be a small market for them but I just can't seem to get motivated :D The carvers and the casters here have tikified practically every other object in the world, I'm not sure why no is doing pipes? White Devil, I look forward to see what you're working on.



I have a German ceramic pipe which seems to be Delftware I received as a gift in 1983, but I rarely use it because the bowl gets extremely hot. Too hot to hold for very long, in fact, so that might be one drawback to ceramic **tobacco** pipes (perhaps not for smaller bowls for other substances). The same is true for clay pipes: it takes much more clay or ceramic to insulate the heat from the fingers than briar or calabash. In fact, on most clay pipes you'll see a nib at the bottom of the bowl which dispenses the heat much faster, and is just large enough to use as a support for the lower end of the pipe. It may be that a stoneware bowl could be designed which is either much thicker, or has some sort of handle to dissipate heat.

I guess I should clarify that I'm not personally making the tiki pipes: I have been thinking about it for several years, but before investing a lot of money in tools I decided to try to enlist the real carvers who actually know what they're doing. I don't think they'll mind that I reveal the artisans ahead of time. Benzart is working on a Marquesan design, which he's modifying from a design I sent him. Also, I am determined to drag Basement Kahuna back into the tiki carving field, and so I figured the best way would be to start small. So BK is working up a variation on a Rarotongan pipe for me, and I hope these will be the first of many more.

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Posted: 2012-09-09 9:15 pm   Permalink

Looks like you have picked 2 of the best carvers, can't wait to see what they come up with.
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AlohaStation
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Posted: 2012-09-10 07:12 am   Permalink

Here's an example of one that I did several years back. If tobacco was smoked in it I'd be surprised.



I've done several commissions for pipes and tobacco boxes. Most of the time they were gifts for people - so no photos. Benz tried to get me to try one of the meersom (sp?) pipes, but I do not use the rotary tools that much. So I stick with wood. Carving blanks for meersom pipes are fairly easy to find and can be a great project.


 
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