100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
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10 April 2012

100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes

Like most creative types, I fancy myself a problem solver, and when one discards an object deeming it no longer of worth, I say “Nay, good Sir or Madam, you just haven’t thought up a good way to recontextualize it.”

My desk, as I type, is covered, and I mean filled to maximum capacity, with discarded pipes that didn't make the cut that we’ve received with estate batches from good folks just like you, dear reader. They are set aside serving no other purpose but sentimentality, and occasional employee pilfering.

And so begins our dusty journey together finding new uses for old, chewed-up, burnt-out pipes. We may not actually reach one-hundred and one (this sounds much more intimidating all spelled out), but I bet once we put our heads together we’ll come up with all sorts of new and inventive ways to repurpose that which I know most of you will never throw out anyway.

I’ll start (this was, my idea, after all) with what has to be one of the world’s tiniest planters:

What do you think? The pipe (and yes, Magritte, this still be a pipe) continues to carry with it all its “pipe-ness” and the cultural baggage there within-- nostalgia, masculinity, etc. minus the smoking part-- even juxtaposed with feminine beauty of the colorful little wildflower I picked behind my office.

And now that you’re stimulated, it’s your turn, dear Sir or Madam. What ideas have you? Tell us in the comments, or better yet send us some pics to photosubmissions@smokingpipes.com or post them on our Facebook page. Please, do not be afraid to think outside the box (one-hundred and one is a lot).

 John Sutherland: Marketing Mngr and Sr. Photographer

Posted by sutherland at 4:15 PM | Link | 7 comments

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
My idea: affix a hinge to the bit to make a door knocker.

Posted by Dave on April 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
I've taken a few home over the years to experiement with new finishes. A bag of Southern stone-ground grits not only didn't do anything in the way of showing ring grain, but is way more expensive than other blasting mediums.

Posted by adam on April 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
Drawer pulls in a mismatched sort of way. Have a coat rack with bowls facing upward connected by tenon hole to a dowel in a tree or rack. Gun rack for a sophisticted hunter.

Posted by tuckers gpa on April 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
Toothpick holder; a reasonably matched pair could support a roller for paper towels or TP; a calabash, extremely tall stack, or such could store pipe cleaners for ready access; candle holder; a really-good-sized pot might work as an ashtray; a dainty discard with a pin attached could adorn the clothing of a lady with a twisted sense of humor.

Posted by Cowboy on April 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
A relatively small clock (or wristwatch) movement, manual wind or battery operated, could be installed in the opening of the bowl, thus providing a time-keeping dimension to a rack of conventionally functional pipes....

Posted by Cowboy on April 11, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
Here's one... Since coffee and pipes just seem to go togther sometimes, how about attaching the pipe bowl to the side of a mug and using the stem as a handle. Of course, this would work much better with straight stem pipes - but might do well for some bent pipes as well (pinkly finger out please).

John W

Posted by John W on April 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Re: 100+1 Uses For Discarded Pipes
I was just thinking that with some time and a large amount of burnt out pipes, you could create a pretty incredible Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Or affix them to a stand by the bowl, and you've got a pretty fancy coat/hat rack.

Posted by Steven S on December 26, 2012 at 8:28 AM

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