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You Should Smoke A Morta Pipe

Why would anyone want to smoke a pipe made out of partially petrified bog oak? For a lot of reasons actually. Still a lot of pipe smokers are hesitant to take the plunge on morta. Whether they are loyal to briar or just a traditionalist, breaking out into the world of morta pipes can be a big ask. But for me part of the fun of the pipe hobby is mixing things up and trying something new, or at least new to you. In that spirit, here are some of the reasons why smoking a morta pipe is a good idea. What is morta? Before we get ahead of ourselves let's quickly go over what morta is and where it...

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Winston's Interview With Davorin Denovic

Winston’s visited with Davorin Denovic about his history, pipe smoking, and his unique pipes.  Davorin is from Croatia and English is not his first language but his answers are easy to follow.   You can buy Davorin's Pipes Here. Winston’s: When did you take up this great hobby of pipe smoking? Davorin: Well, it was a long time ago. I bought my first pipe when I was a student at the University. Now, I have been a devoted pipe smoker for forty years. I am also president of Association of Pipesmokers “Lula” from Zagreb, Croatia. W: When did you carve your first pipe? D: That is an interesting story. In 1995 I met Ivo Oblian, a great pipe carver whose pipes...

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Why Morta Makes A Good Pipe

Morta, or Bog Oak, is a semi-petrified wood that is thousands of years old. Morta is only found in a few places in the world. The quality of Morta needed to make a tobacco pipe is rare, much harder to find than briar or meerschaum. The wood comes from ancient oak trees that have been submerged in swamps or bogs. Over the years the minerals in the water replace the tannins, sap, and other soft parts of the wood. What is left is essentially part wood and part stone. Recovery of the Oak logs is very difficult. The murky waters that it is found in offers very low visibility to the divers. Processing the wood once it is pulled from the water is an exacting...

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