Pipe Academy – A Thorough Cleaning

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A customer wrote and asked me to write about pipe cleaning basics. I’ve written recently about what you shouldn’t attempt, now let’s look at an everyday cleaning. For the sake of covering all our bases, we’re going to approach this as if you found one of your grandfather’s old pipes which had been heavily smoked […]

They’re Some Jolly Good Fellows, Alright!

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In fourteen hundred ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Like many, I remember that rhyme from my early school days. A time when history came out of a book, and no “Wiki” appeared in its title or text. While it’s nice to have the hyper-linked world at our finger tips, one must wonder just […]

Some Random Thoughts About Cigars

Liga Privada Undercrown Cigar

Since I’m around them all the time, I don’t really think about all the minutiae when it comes to cigars, so last might when I was looking through our catalog, I was struck by some of the things that the public doesn’t know, but might find interesting. Here are my observations: There were two cigars […]

Missed Conceptions Entangled in Questions

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste Virginia’s a wonderful thing to taste   A diamond, it’s said, is akin to forever To seek out the perfect tobacco? I never   They told me to run in their shoes and Just Do It I tripped on the wrong combination and blew it   At […]

The State of the Union Jack

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I was fortunate enough to have vacationed this summer in the United Kingdom. Split between Scotland and England, I managed to commandeer enough time away from the missus to seek out some tobacco shops and observe the general public presence (or lack thereof) of our pipe and cigar smoking counterparts across The Pond. In the […]

It’s Like Comparing Fast Food to Fine Dining

Like it or not, all smokers are lumped together into a group, usually for the purpose of casting disdain upon us. This is especially true for the antis who site skewed “junk science” to prove that we’re just behind a monkey with a machine gun in terms of our ability to harm. But there are […]

Getting Started Making Pipes

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I’ve never made a pipe, myself, but I know plenty of pipe makers, and each one uses slightly different methods. For most people, especially for those without a well-equipped workshop, the easiest way to try your hand at making a pipe is to buy a hobby block. These are pre-drilled briar blocks that have a […]

Perique – A Lot of Work, But Worth It

I’ve been a big fan of Perique since I started smoking a pipe 40 years ago. I was fascinated by the dark, sweet aroma of it in a jar, and enjoyed what it did to a blend even more. I’ve made well over 100 blends in those 40 years, and probably 30 or more have […]

Once Again, You Asked, We Listened

We recently looked at our Russ’ Monthly Blends, and noticed that sales had slowed down, so we ran an email to let folks know that we would be phasing them out. Not only did we sell a lot of those blends after the email hit, we also began receiving a lot of phone calls and […]

Pipe Care – What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

Ideally, this post should be written by Dan Chlebove since he does all the restoration of our estate pipes, but we’ve recently gotten in so many new estates that he can’t even take the time to write lately, so I’m taking up the mantle to give you pointers, and also to tell you what you […]