The Benefits of Friendship

I’ve been blessed to have a number of good friends in the business of premium tobacco, pipes and accessories. I get to see many of them regularly at pipe shows, while others are normally contacted by phone, but our relationships are good enough to consider them friends. Of course, it’s easier to become friendly with […]

Summer is Upon Us!

The temperature is going to be in the high 80’s and low 90’s this week and I have already picked out my pipes and cigars for the week. When it is humid out I like to smoke smaller cigars and pipes with smaller bowls. I feel like the shorter the smoke, the less chance of […]

Giving Up the Ghost

  I get a lot of requests from understandably misty eyed nostalgics for current day matches to long gone blends of the Bygone Era. Of course, how far the era has gone by depends on how long ago you went through that formative age of pipe smoking. Usually, it would involve remembrances of trips to […]

Treat Dad with Something Special

Being a father myself, I know how we think. We tend to be fairly frugal when raising a family, so we often don’t buy something for ourselves that we really like, or we buy a cheaper version so there’s more money left in the budget for more important things. My daughters love to get me […]

The Perfect Pair

I’ve written before about how certain pipes seem to work better than others for certain types of tobaccos. This time I’m going to get a bit more detailed. I’ve wanted to write this for a while, but every time I began, I felt that I couldn’t be as clear as I’d like. Let’s see how this […]

Episode VII: Silverware, You Are

    Pipe smokers tend to be easy going, but like anyone else, tend to be stubborn at times about asking for directions. When they decide to stop following the force and seek some guidance, the role of little green Jedi is one I find myself eager to perform. One particular fork in the road […]

A Tale of Two Shows

As Kevin wrote about yesterday, we flew back home from Chicago late Sunday night after attending the Chicagoland Pipe and Tobacciana Show. You might think by the title of this little tome that I’m going to compare that show to another one, but that’s not where I’m going. In fact, it would be impossible to […]

Home from Chicago

Russ, Eric and I just got back from the Chicago Pipe Show and we had a blast. The show was packed again this year and it was great to see masses of people enjoying themselves. We were busy giving out samples of tobaccos and talking to customers about everything P&C. It is so nice to meet […]

Celluloid Smokers

I find it fascinating to pick out instances of pipe smoking in films and print. Whether it be found in  “almost films” like television productions  or internet digital media, or perhaps in more unusual places like bumper stickers or tattoos (not a reference to Fantasy Island), it seems the recurring problem is the relatability to […]

No Matter Which Way You Slice it

We’re getting ready to head out to Chicago for the show, but a customer made an observation earlier today which made me think that this topic would be a good one for Talking Tobacco, so I’m going to address the different cuts used in pipe tobaccos. The main reason there are different cuts is because […]