Its objective is to promote friendship between its members and to spread knowledge of antique silver items, their hallmarks and their workmanship techniques.
ASCAS is an association between collectors and lovers of antique silver.
Joel Arthur Rosenthal, a native New Yorker who has been working under the name of JAR in Paris since the 1960s, is notoriously secretive.
Unlike his jewel neighbors at the Place Vendôme in Paris, his boutique doesn’t even have a window, much less jewels displayed for all to see.
Sometimes a piece of briar will look perfect from the outside, but when you cut into it many faults are revealed, which makes the block unusable. You can find a good selection of jars either at Walmart or Target.
One of the worst cases of unusable blocks was when I went through 6 blocks to make a pipe. Most old timers will tell you to wash or boil the jars, but if you buy the jars and they are shrink sealed in a carton, then you don't need to wash them, they are already super clean.
They've been made with a variety of materials, including tin, wood, and pewter, but most are pottery jars, made of porcelain, majolica, or bisque.
It is not uncommon for me to wait 3 to 6 months for a briar order.
When I give estimates of how long customers have to wait for a custom pipe, I usually take into account my briar supply, and the time it takes to get new briar, if needed.
Bad blocks are just part of the pipe making process I hate waiting for stuff that I ordered as much as the next person, however with pipe making, waiting is sometimes unavoidable. There are many steps involved, and when you have many orders to finish, the wait can be long for the customer. Visit them, say hello, and read about other great pipe makers in our wonderful little community, along with useful pipe related events. Here are a few tips on how to jar and store tobacco for later enjoyment. Also make sure your work surface is clean, you really don't want a piece of yesterdays fried chicken stored away for years with your precious Stonehaven tobacco.
The magnificent folks over at Tobacco Pipe Collectors were kind enough to do a spotlight on little ole'me. A huge warm and fuzzy THANK YOU, to Mike and the gang, over at TPC for all the support and attention they have sent my way. First off, if you jar and store it right, pipe tobacco can last decades, if not more. (If you find some Stonehaven, send me some.) : ))Get your bulk tobacco, and depending on how much you have fill up the jars.