Glad to be back

Having a child is very traumatic for both mother and father. My wife was in terrible physical pain during labor and I was in terrible emotional pain. The things I witnessed and the sounds I heard were quite scary. I think she had it easier, but don’t tell her I said that. After a very […]

Talking About – Burley

This is the first entry in a little series I’ll be writing abut the different strains of tobaccos commonly used in making pipe blends. Why am I starting with Burley? To start with, it’s used in just about every form of tobacco use – pipes, cigars, cigarettes, chew, snuff and snus. Moreover, from what I […]

It’s All Worth It

I’m sitting here at my desk enjoying a cigar after sharing a toast to the birthday of one of our office mates. I was reflecting on how fortunate I am to be able to work and smoke at the same time. I meandered over to our Facebook page (I’m the administrator) and read the following […]

Pipe & Tobacco Trivia

As with just about any subject, there’s a lot of minutiae about pipes and pipe tobaccos. I’m a trivia nut, so I love collecting little details about the items I work with every day. I thought I’d share some with you. Did you know… …that meerschaum pipes pre-date briars by about 100 years? The first […]

In Search of ….. Pipe Cleaners

I always seem to be searching for pipe cleaners. Not sure why, but I have become the office scrounge; I think everyone hides their cleaners when I come around. I used to be obsessed with using bristled cleaners, in fact I went years, maybe five to six years and only used bristled. For some reason […]

Truth AND Consequences

We just recently got back from the IPCPR (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers) show, which is where the manufacturers present their new products, and special items for the gift-giving season. Most of the new items are cigars, and there are a lot of them. We saw a number of new pipes and tobaccos as […]

There Are No Absolutes

Pipe smoking as a pastime is much more of an art than anything else. What I mean is that with something like mathematics, there are certainties, at least in practical everyday use.  Two plus two is four, and always will be. But in pipe smoking, very little, if anything, is universal. Why is this? The […]

We Have Met the Enemy, and They Are Us, Sort Of…

A few years back, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was given oversight regarding cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Many people thought that this was just another example of governmental overkill, but a lot of others were relieved that they left premium cigars and pipe tobacco alone. I’m sorry to report that the FDA will now […]

A Look at the Lighter Side

I’ll bet that, based on the title, you’re expecting a humorous post. While I may have a few amusing things to say, this is all about pipe and cigar lighters. Matches are still the best way to light a pipe or cigar, because the lower combustion temperature helps the flavor, but matches are damned impractical. […]

Tobacco Legislation and The “Social Creep”

We’ve all heard the truism “Give ‘em an inch and they’ll take a mile”. It’s usually in reference to children regarding self-discipline, but I’m coming to realize that it has a lot to do with government, especially legislators. Let me explain. I remember a time, not all that long ago, when smoking pipes, cigarettes, and […]