The Floor Is Officially Open!

We are underway here in Chicago! The floor is open and folks are starting to come on in and enjoy all the fine set-ups. Got busy in a hurry! Tobacco is flying, people are trying to pay us for stuff that’s free, and everyone is in high spirits and enjoying themselves thoroughly from where I’m […]

Nothing Could Be Finer (A pipe show experience)

I left my house early enough on April 12th that the birds hadn’t even started coughing yet, and pointed my car in a southerly direction . After about 14 hours of driving, I arrived in North Carolina and checked into my motel (tobacco blenders can’t afford hotels). On Friday I had an appointment with a […]

The Origin of Blackhouse Pipe Tobacco

Since we were fortunate enough to win the Balkan Sobranie 759 Throwdown at the 2011 Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show, I’ve had a number of phone calls, emails and conversations about the contest, so this seems like a good place to write about it. I believe that it was early March of this year (maybe […]