Cobfoolery Tip, revised: Replacing the stem (bit) on your Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe

In the several years since I originally wrote on this topic several sources have come and go, so here's the most up to date info on this topic, as of April 2017.

When we started selling Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes online at Aristocob.com back in 2007 one of the biggest internal debates I had was what to call the part of the pipe that people put into their mouth.  I had always called this the "stem", but others called it a "mouthpiece".  To make things even more complicated Missouri Meerschaum referred to this as a "bit".  My understanding was that the "bit" was the far end of the stem, where the biting takes place.  At any rate, we decided that for the sake of continuity that we would refer to them as bits, just as Missouri Meerschaum (MM) did, but to this day I feel that was a mistake, so from here on in this post I wall refer to these as stems.

One of the fastest ways of modifying a corn cob pipe is to swap the stem.  You can do this between genuine MM bits, as long as you understand that there are two different tenon sizes.  Oh yeah, the tenon is the part of the stem that is dowel-like and inserts into the wooden shank.  All of the MM filtered bits have an O.D. of 8.7-8.8mm and an I.D. that will accommodate a 6mm filter, but it's important to note that they can be smoked with or without a filter installed.  The I.D. of the wooden shank is approximately 9mm and this hole is often ever-so-slightly tapered. And all of these "filtered" bits are interchangeable, so if you want to switch the stem from black to amber, or if you want to swap it for a thinner or wider stem, you can do this at will.  My personal favorite is the Danish stem in either black or amber.

Amber Danish stem from www.Aristocob.com

Another range of genuine MM stems is the non-filtered "slim" stems.  These are found on the smaller pipes, like the Pony Express, the Mizzou, the Patriot, the novelty miniature cobs, and on the other end of the size spectrum this stem is standard on the MacArthur pipes.

Lastly in the original MM range is the non-filtered vulcanized rubber stem that is found on the Freehand pipe.  This stem is only available in a bent shape we have learned that it can be straightened using the hot water method shown in the video below. Though the Freehand bit is an unfiltered stem, the tenon is sized to fit into the filtered shanks only.  That makes this stem an ideal upgrade for the bent Legend, Washington, Country Gentleman, the Diplomat, the General, the Kolonel (5th Avenue) the Ozark Mountain, the Missouri Pride, the Woodie's and the Spool.  Find all of these stock replacement stems at Aristocob.com.

Want to bend a stock MM pipe?  Watch this video.


There are now several aftermarket options available if you want to move away from the stock range of stems.  Here are a few of your choices:

Custom Made Stems:

Walker Briar Works: When I last wrote about this Dave Wolff had been expertly repairing and restoring pipes for years and had created line of Vulcanite and Lucite (acrylic) stems for MM pipes that he called the "Forever Stem".  I purchased one of the Lucite stems for one of my pipes and found it to be of high quality and a good value.

Since then... Pat Morgan, the lovely bride of Missouri Meerschaum's Plant Manager Phil Morgan purchased the Forever Stem line from Dave and after some training from Dave and a rocky start due to wild fluctuations in supplies Pat has re-launched the website Old Log Cabin Pipeworks to offer the popular "Forever Stem" once again.  These are sized to fit the "filtered" Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes, but they do render the pipe "unfiltered".


An example of Old Log Cabin Pipeworks "Forever Stems"

Here are some DIY Stem options:

Vermont Freehand:
With the 2016 demise of Pipemakers Emporium many cob modders were left to wonder where to go for their pipemaking supplies. Well wonder no more. Steve Norse at Vermont Freehand had us covered. You'll find both acrylic and vulcanized rubber stem blanks in a staggering variety of shapes and colors. For example, click on this pic to see the color range of his acrylic stems alone.


On another note, pen makers will find that their acrylic rod offering is vast and very reasonably priced and would be my choice over the retail selection found in most woodworking stores.

One important fact to note: The stem blanks sold at Vermont Freehand are rough, unfinished and feature an oversized tenon blank that will not fit a pipe shank.  You must cut the tenon to size, remove rough casting lines and finish the surfaces yourself.  That's your reward for going it alone, so if that sounds daunting you might just want to scroll on back to Old Log Cabin Pipeworks.
 An example of a vulcanized rubber stem blank from Vermont Freehand 

Do you really want a challenge?  I like your style.  You can do like many professional pipe makers do and create your own stems from wood, bone, acrylic or hard rubber.  While you can get some of these from suppliers who cater to pipe makers (VF, for example), many of these components are also sold by knife making suppliers and woodworking stores such as Woodcraft and Rockler.  Search their sites for "Pen blank".

An example of an acrylic pen blank from Woodcraft

That about wraps it up for now. Don't forget that the Missouri Meerschaum bits (stems) are very inexpensive and therefore you can swap them for a new one for pennies!
Check them out on our very own website www.Aristocob.com / Spare Pipe Stems/Bits

Aristocob's "Official" 2017 Cobfoolery Contest Announcement



Get cool-smoking Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes and Cobfoolery kits at http://www.Aristocob.com

Woohoo, it's Cobfoolery time!

This year (2017) the Cobfoolery contest will run the entire month of April and we will have two classes: Pro and Amateur and two Categories: Classic and Freehand.

Your entry needs to feature a genuine Missouri Meerschaum corn cob chamber, while the balance of your pipe can be made of any other material including wood, metal, clay, plastic, glass, zucchini, fabric, snow crab or any other material you can concoct.

We will NOT be requiring the finalists to ship their pipes to us.  We heard from several folks from outside the USA in 2014 and this requirement eliminated several of them due to delays they anticipated in shipping and in the various Customs departments. So to enter this year you'll need to post a video on Youtube showing off your entry and describing what you've done to modify while hopefully improve your corn cob pipe.  Your video MUST be titled "My entry in Aristocob's 2017 Cobfoolery Contest: (followed by your pipe's name).

For example, I made a pipe a couple years back that I titled the "Pierced Ear", so if I were entering it in this year's contest I would title my video: "My entry in Aristocob's 2017 Cobfoolery Contest: "The Pierced Ear".  Make sense?  Good!

Your entry must be posted on Youtube by midnight April 30th, and on May 1st we will announce the 6 finalists in each of the two classes and in the two categories and more details about the judging.

What can you win?

All of the 24 entrants whose pipes are selected as finalists will receive a $10 gift code which can be redeemed towards merchandise on www.Aristocob.com.

If your pipe is selected as one of the Grand Prize Winners you will receive another $50 in Aristocob merchandise as well as a special limited addition Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a special laser engraved plaque!

Also, as an incentive to get your videos submitted we will do weekly drawings for the folks who have their entries submitted.

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

Scott


email me at: aristocob@gmail.com

Tips for growing your own corn cob pipes for Aristocob's 2017-18 Homegrown Cobfoolery contest!

In this new video Scott (from Aristocob.com) learns from Missouri Meerschaum's General Manager Mr. Phil Morgan all about the process of planning for, planting, harvesting and drying corn for making corn cob pipes.  Get your own genuine Missouri Meerschaum seed corn, corn cob pipe kits and even completed pipes that are ready for action at www.Aristocob.com


Grown your own Corn Cob Pipe with Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Seed Corn and enter the 2017-18 Homegrown Cobfoolery Contest!

Hey, Scott from Aristocob.com here. Jandy and I are proud to be able to offer for the first time ever, genuine Missouri Meerschaum seed corn! That’s right, we were able to acquire from Missouri Meerschaum a small supply of their seed corn for a special “Homegrown Pipe” category of the 2017-18 Aristocob Cobfoolery contest. To make your corn cob pipemaking easy we are bundling with the seeds 2 genuine Missouri Meerschaum hardwood stems and bits, together with two Aristocob "Patented" golf-tee tampers into what we are calling our "Homegrown Cobfoolery Seed Corn Kit".  

Learn more about this unique opportunity by visiting www.Aristocob.com and searching "Cobfoolery".  Learn more on the Aristocob Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Aristocob and by watching the announcement video (below). Other videos will follow shortly on the Aristocob Youtube channel at www.Youtube.com/Aristocob


Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Winners of the 2016 Aristocob Cobfoolery Contest!

I’d like to begin this post by saying “thank you” once again to everyone who entered their modified corn cob pipes in the 2016 Aristocob Cobfoolery Contest.  Click the links to see the original entry video. 

Our Profesional finalist's pipes were judged by an online popular vote.  The results are as follows: 

Professional, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: Dodif
For his spectacular "The Dinosaur Egg" Dodif wins a $10 credit for being a finalist, a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.   Additionally Dodif wins a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque, graciously provided by Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Company! 

Runner-up: Basil Meadows
Basil wins second place for his "Reddog Pipes Calabash" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Third Place: Daniel Billings
For his "Frodo's Feast" Daniel wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.

Professional, Freehand Category:


First Place: Dodif

For his "The Corn Horn" Dodif gets a $10 credit for being a finalist and wins a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.   Additionally Dodif wins a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque, graciously provided by Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Company! 

Runner-up: Daniel Billings
Daniel wins second place for his "Blue Steel" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Third Place: David Galehouse
David wins third place for his "General Shotgun Poker" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

The judges for the Amateur entries in the 2016 Cobfoolery contest were:



Amateur, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: CaneRodPiper
CaneRodPiper wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Add to that a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque, graciously provided by Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Company!    
Runner-up: Oom Howard
For his cob entry Oom wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Third Place: Badger Piper
For his entry Badger Piper wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Amateur, Freehand/Fantasy Shape Category:

First Place: Shane Allen
For his cob creation Shane wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Add to that a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque, graciously provided by Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Company!
Runner-up: Badger Piper
Badger Piper wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  
Third Place: Shane Hill
For his entry Shane wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Congratulations to all of our WINNERS! 

It's time to cast your vote for the Cobfoolery Pro Class winners!

After a brief delay it's time to cast your vote for the Cobfoolery Pro Class winners. We are thrilled to have so many amazing pipes entered this year by some truly talented pipe makers! While we have a team of pipe professionals judging the amateur entries but YOU are a judge of the Pro class.

Click this link and be sure to vote for your choice of winner in both the Classic shape and the Freehand shape categories.

Here's a playlist of all of the 2016 Cobfoolery Pro Classic finalists

Here's a playlist of all of the 2016 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand finalists


Voting will end at midnight EST Friday May 13th, 2016 and winners will be announced on Saturday May 14th.

Here's a screenshot and a link to the submission video for each of the entries, in no particular order.  Click the link beneath each photo to view the video entry.

David Galehouse's Freehand Cobfoolery entry "General Shotgun Poker"
Daniel Billings' Freehand Cobfoolery entry "Blue Steel"
Chris Morgan's Freehand Cobfoolery entry "The Giant Cob Cigar"
Dodif's Freehand Cobfoolery entry "The Corn Horn"
David Galehouse's Classic Cobfoolery entry "Kolonel Diamond Shank"
Dodif's Classic Cobfoolery entry "The Dinosaur Egg"
Chris Morgan's Classic Cobfoolery entry "The MacArthur Calabash"
Daniel Billing's Classic Cobfoolery entry "Frodo's Feast"
Basil Meadow's Classic Cobfoolery entry "Reddog Pipes Cobabash"












2016 Cobfoolery Corn Cob Pipe-Mod Contest Details


Get cool-smoking Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipes and Cobfoolery kits at http://www.Aristocob.com

Woohoo, it's Cobfoolery time!

This year (2016) the contest will run the entire month of April and we will have two classes: Pro and Amateur and two Categories: Classic and Freehand.

Your entry needs to feature a genuine Missouri Meerschaum corn cob chamber, while the balance of your pipe can be made of any other material including wood, metal, clay, plastic, glass, zucchini, fabric, snow crab or any other material you can concoct.

We will NOT be requiring the finalists to ship their pipes to us.  We heard from several folks from outside the USA in 2014 and this requirement eliminated several of them due to delays they anticipated in shipping and in the various Customs departments. So to enter this year you'll need to post a video on Youtube showing off your entry and describing what you've done to modify and hopely improve your corn cob pipe.  Your video MUST be titles "My entry in Aristocob's 2016 Cobfoolery Contest: (followed by your pipe's name).

For example, I made a pipe a couple years back that I titled the "Pierced Ear", so if I were entering it in this year's contest I would title my video: "My entry in Aristocob's 2016 Cobfoolery Contest: "The Pierced Ear".  Make sense?  Good!

Your entry must be posted on Youtube by midnight April 30th, and on May 1st we will announce the 6 finalists in each of the two classes and in the two categories and more details about the judging.

What can you win?

All of the 24 entrants whose pipes are selected as finalists will receive a $10 gift code which can be redeemed towards merchandise on www.Aristocob.com.

If your pipe is selected as one of the Grand Prize Winners you will receive another $50 in Aristocob merchandise as well as a special limited addition Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a special laser engraved plaque!

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

Scott
email me at: aristocob@gmail.com

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the 2015 Cobfoolery winners!

I’d like to begin this post by saying “thank you” once again to everyone who entered their modified corn cob pipes in the 2015 Aristocob Cobfoolery Contest. 


Our Profesional finalist's pipes were judged by an online popular vote.  The results are as follows: 

Professional, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: Dodif
For his spectacular "Cobalier" Dodif wins a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.   Additionally Dodif wins a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.
See Dodif's winning entry here: The "Cobalier" corn cob pipe.

Runner-up: Chris Morgan
Chris wins second place for his "Cob Cigar" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  
See Chris' winning entry here: "The Cob Cigar" corn cob pipe

Thirst Place: Dave Galehouse
For his "Shotgun Patriot" David wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.
See David's winning entry here: "The Shotgun Patriot" corn cob pipe

Professional, Freehand Category:


First Place: Dodif
For his "CRT", which stands for "Calabash Reverse Tyrollean pipe, Dodif wins a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.   Additionally Dodif wins a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.
See Dodif's winning entry here: "The CRT" corn cob pipe

Runner-up: Basil Meadows
Basil wins second place for his "Blanket of Briar" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  
See Basil's winning entry here: "Blanket of Briar" corn cob pipe.

Thirst Place: Chris Morgan
Chris wins third place for his "Hillbilly Smokebox" a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  
See Chris' winning entry here: "Hillbilly Smokebox"  corn cob pipe.

The judges for the Amateur entries in the 2015 Cobfoolery contest were:



Amateur, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: LowPriceEdition
LowPriceEdition for his "McCalabash" pipe wwins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Add to that a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.   
Runner-up: Shane Hill 
For his Devil Anse cob entry Shane wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Third Place: TrueDefenceChris
For his entry Chris wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Amateur, Freehand/Fantasy Shape Category:

First Place: Shane Hill
For his Cob Cube 2.0 Shane wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Add to that a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.   
Runner-up: Proof4Enlightenment
Proof4Enlightenment wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $30 for being our first runner up, for a total of $40 in credit from Aristocob.com.  
Third Place: Wes Greer
For his Assassin's Pipe entry Wes wins a $10 credit for being a finalist plus $20 for placing third, for a total of $30 in credit from Aristocob.com.  

Congratulations to all of our WINNERS! 

Cast your vote for the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Cobfoolery Contest in the Professional Freehand and Classic Corn Cob Pipe Categories

It's time to cast your vote for the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Cobfoolery Contest in the Professional Freehand and Classic Corn Cob Pipe Categories!  We are thrilled to have so many amazing pipes entered this year by some truly talented pipemakers.




To cast your vote, follow this link: "The 2015 Cobfoolery Ballot" and select the one person in each of the two categories (Freehand and Classic) that you think deserves to be the winner of the grand prize award. Personally I biol it down to this simple question: "Which pipe would I most want to own?"

Voting will continue through Sunday October 4th and the winners of all the classes and categories will be announced here on the blog and on the Aristocob Youtube channel at http://www.Youtube.com/Aristocob

Here's a screenshot and a link to the submission video for each of the entries, in no particular order.  Click the green link beneath each photo to view their video entry.

Basil Meadows, Reddog Pipes 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand "The Blanket of Briar Cob"

Basil's pipes are available at www.RedDogPipes.com

I.b.Pipes Cobfoolery 2015 Pro Freehand

Ian Barnes Pipes 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand "Torched Cob Bamboo Warden"

Find Ian's pipes at www.ibpipes.com








Dodif 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand




Dodif Pipes 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Classic "The Cobalier"













Dodif Pipes 2015 Cobfoolery Freehand

Dodif Pipes 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand "The CRT"


Chris Morgan 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Classic
Chris Morgan 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Classic "The Cob Cigar"
Chris Morgan's pipes are available EVERYWHERE, but you can start at his site: www.morganpipes.com

Chris Morgan 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand "The Hillbilly Smokebox"

Find Chris Morgan pipes at www.morganpipes.com

Rick Black 2015 Cobfoolery Pro Freehand "The Stalk...ing Dead"

Rick Black pipes are available at www.rickblackpipes.com

Dave Galehouse 2015 Cobfoolery Freehand "The Art DecoCob"
Dave's pipes are available on ebay and on Instagram at stormcastlepipes
Dave Galehouse 2015 Cobfoolery Classic "The Shotgun Patriot"
Dave's pipes are available on ebay and on Instagram at stormcastlepipes
dhbillings 2015 Cobfoolery Freehand "The Charred MacArthur"

Daniel's pipes are available through his Etsy store: SmokyMountainPipes






The 2015 Cobfoolery Contest Amateur "Classic" Entries

Even though the Amateur classes are being judged by a jury I thought you might like to see all the entries.  We are thrilled to have had nine entries in the "Classic" shape category. The winners will be chosen and announced on Monday evening, October 5th on the Aristocob Youtube channel.  Click the pic to Biggie-Size it.


The 2015 Cobfoolery Contest Amateur "Freehand" Entries

Even though the Amateur classes are being judged by a jury I thought you might like to see all the entries.  We are thrilled to have had four entries in the "Freehand" shape category. The winners will be chosen and announced on Monday evening, October 5th on the Aristocob Youtube channel.  Click the pic to Biggie-Size it.


The 2015 Cobfoolery Contest is in its Last Week, but Oh, What a Week!

After posting a down-in-the-mouth video on Youtube a week or so back lamenting that there were so few entrants this year, I've been thrilled to see a small flood of video submissions.  To make it easier to locate the official videos I've created a playlist which you can view here:

Use the forward and reverse buttons to move from one video to the next, or click on the playlist link on the top left to be taken to the playlist on Youtube.

Annoucing the details of the 2015 Cobfoolery Pipe-Mod contenst!

Woohoo, it's Cobfoolery time!

This year (2015) the contest will run the entire month of September and we will have two classes: Pro and Amateur and two Categories: Classic and Freehand.

Your entry needs to feature a genuine Missouri Meerschaum corn cob chamber, while the balance of your pipe can be made of any other material including wood, metal, clay, plastic, glass, zucchini, fabric, snow crab or any other material you can concoct.

Unlike last year we will NOT be requiring the finalists to ship their pipes to us.  We heard from several folks from outside the USA last year and this requirement eliminated several of them due to delays they anticipated in shipping and in the various Customs departments. So to enter this year you'll need to post a video on Youtube showing off your entry and describing what you've done to modify and hopely improve your corn cob pipe.  Post your entry with the title "My entry in Aristocob's 2015 Cobfoolery Contest: (followed by your pipe's name).

For example, I made a pipe last year that I titled the "Pierced Ear", so if I were entering it in this year's contest I would title my video: "My entry in Aristocob's 2015 Cobfoolery Contest: "The Pierced Ear".  Make sense?  Good!

Your entry must be posted on Youtube by midnight September 30th, and beginning the week of October 1st we will announce the 6 finalists in each of the two classes and in the two catigories.

What can you win?

All of the 24 entrants whose pipes are selected as finalists will receive a $10 gift code which can be redeemed towards merchandise on www.Aristocob.com.

If your pipe is selected as one of the grand prize winners you will receive another $50 in Aristocob merchandise as well as a special limited addition pipe!

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing what you can come up with.

Scott
email me at: aristocob@gmail.com



20 Chris Morgan / Missouri Meerschaum Reverse Calabash "CornWasp" pipes in one photo

CobfooleryI don't know about you, but one frustration that I have with buying pipes online is that you typically see a single photo of one pipe that is supposed to represent the pipe that you'll ultimately receive.  I understand why this is done, and we do it ourselves at Aristocob.com, but if you're going to spend $48 on a pipe, wouldn't it be nice to see a photo of the actual pipe first?

So with that thought we created the collage at right of all 20 of the Chris Morgan / Missouri Meerschaum Reverse Calabash "CobWasp" pipes that we have for sale.

Unfortunate I didn't have time to take 360deg pics, but I did snap a few more photos of random pipes from different angles that I hope will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Also, like most custom pipes these pipes are intended to be smoked unfiltered, but they feature a stock Missouri Meerschaum "Danish" stem, so they will accommodate a stock Medico filter. 

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A note from Chris Morgan, creator of the Chris Morgan / Missouri Meerscham "CornWasp" Reverse Clabash pipe


Beginning July 4th 2015 we (Aristocob.com) will be offering for sale the last 20 Chris Morgan designed, Missouri Meerschaum made Reverse Calabash "CornWasp" pipes. Watch the video at the bottom of this post for more details how to get your hands on one of these beauties.  Here's a little background from Chris Morgan himself: 

I've been a professional pipemaker since 2006, but before this project, I had never thought about the widespread acceptance of corncob pipes. 

Scott Markwood and I started speaking during his 2013 Cobfoolery contest. I was asked to judge the amateur division as well as compete in the Pro contest. I ended up taking second place with my Reverse Calabash "CornWasp". Scott loved the shape so much that he wanted me to make one for him. Out of respect for Missouri Meerschaum, I made one for Phil Morgan as well. Over the next year or so, the three of us spoke about how best to bring this shape to market as the very first collaboration MM has ever done with another maker or company. I am so honored to have worked with Phil and Scott on this project. What you see here is the culmination of 150 years of corncob pipe technology blended with the innovation I strive for in my handmade pipes. 

There were 223 pipes made in one production run. The pipes available here are the very last 20 Limited Edition CornWasps available.   

The CornWasp was not an easy project to realize. Much labor and planning was required in design as well as manufacture. I really think that the workers at MM couldn't have done a better job on these. I want to thank Missouri Meerschaum, and Scott Markwood for their hard work and friendship over the past few years. 

Chris Morgan 

www.morganpipes.com

(408) 600-0524

All the Winners of the 2014 Cobfoolery Contest and their winnings



I’d like to begin this post by saying “thank you” once again to everyone who entered their modified corn cob pipes in the 2014 Aristocob Cobfoolery Contest.  I especially appreciate that you entrusted us with your creation when you shipped your pipe to us for display at the Southern Fried Pipe Show.  The display was a hit with the folks who stopped by, and if you had put a price tag on your pipe I have no doubt that many of them would have sold. 

As a reminder, let’s run-down the prizes that where up for grabs:


  • All finalists who posted a video on Youtube showing off their entry and promoting the contest will receive a BONUS pipe: the elusive and currently retired Missouri Meerschaum “Egg”. First place winners will receive a handsome Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe mounted on a custom laser engraved wood plaque. 
  • First place winners will receive a handsome Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe mounted on a custom laser engraved wood plaque. 

So, without further ado (Yes, that's how it's spelled), here are all the individual awards.

Professional, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: Chris Morgan  
Chris wins a $50 credit from Aristocob.com.   Additionally Chris wins a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque. Find Chris’s famous “Briar Cigar” pipes and his new “Black Jack”  line of production briar pipes at http://www.morganpipes.com

Runner-up: Doug Erwin
Doug wins a a total of $40 in Aristocob.com credits.  You can find Doug on the Pipe Smoker’s Forum at http://pipesmokersforum.com/community/members/dgerwin11.2046/ and find Doug’s pipes on Etsy at: https://www.etsy.com/people/cobcobbler

Thirst Place: Angela Meek
For entering what has to be one of the most expensive corn cob pipes ever made, Angela wins a total of $30 credit from Aristocob.com.  Find Angel’s pipes on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AngelasTampersetc  Angela can be found on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/angelasbrandnewbag

Amateur, Classic Shape Category:

First Place: Tim Roschy
Tim wins a total of $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Add to that a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.  Find Tim on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TravSpirit7

Runner-up: Jacob Hill
For this entry Jacob wins a $20 credit for being a runner-up. But wait, there’s more below… Find Jacob on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCocyVbIF2avmuNjP_Zg9DXA/feed    

Thirst Place: Chris Chopin
For his entry Chris wins a total of $30 credit from Aristocob.com. 

Amateur, Freehand/Fantasy Shape Category:

First Place: Dodif Rendon
Dodif wins a total of $70 credit from Aristocob.com.  Plus Dodif earned himself a Missouri Meerschaum Freehand pipe on a custom laser engraved wood plaque.  Find Dodif on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChmJ8cM-A8yJuB-mOK5eK8A

Runner-up: Jacob Hill
For this entry Jacob this entry Jacob wins a $20 Aristocob.com credit for being selected as a finalist, plus a $20 credit for being a runner-up.  That brings Jacon’s total winnings to $80 in Aristocob merchandise.  Find Jacob on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCocyVbIF2avmuNjP_Zg9DXA/feed    

Thirst Place: David Galehouse
David wins a $20 Aristocob.com credit for being selected as a finalist and a $10 credit for taking third place, PLUS $20 for a non-placing entry, for a total of $50 credit from Aristocob.com.  Find David on Youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/DWStormcastle13

So, if there’s any lesson to be learned from this year’s contest I believe it’s:
  • Start now for next year’s contest.
  • It pays to enter in more than one category.