I Never Smoked for My Father

  My father smoked only cigarettes. I can recall the day when he announced he was going to quit. I was twelve years old at the time. As far I could ever tell, his staunch and determined Cold Turkey approach worked perfectly. I never saw him smoke, or sensed he had been smoking again ever […]

Burley – More To It Than You’d Think

Burley is one of the most loved, and yet one of the most disrespected types of tobacco. One of the reasons for the scorn is that Burley is ubiquitous. It’s used in virtually all ways tobacco can be used. It’s found in cigarettes, pipe tobacco, chew, snuff, snus and even cigars. But one of the […]

Of Fills and Flaws

There’s an ongoing debate about fills in briar pipes. Many people won’t buy a pipe with any kind of fill. To clarify, a fill is when there’s a flaw in the outside of a (mostly) finished pipe that has been filled in with a putty or a mixture of briar dust and glue. Does putting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Torture

For the past few months I’ve been the bane of everyone’s existence in the office. Not because of my bubbly personality, bluntness, or how I am unable to sit still for very long; but because I have been sick! When your allergies turn for the worse and you are unable to smoke or be around […]

The Great American Dream Experiment

 As a “VaPer Lover”, I usually classify my purposeful excursions into Aromatic and English blends under “Market Research”. I do get an urge for Latakia now and then, especially when I’m digging in the dirt, or find myself walking along a trail, or otherwise in a Sherwood Forest sort of mood. After the typical youthful […]