Pipe Academy – A Thorough Cleaning

no-buff

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 […]

Getting Started Making Pipes

hobby block

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Try this with your flakes

I am a big fan of flake tobaccos and enjoy the long, cool smoke they provide. The only problem is I over pack the pipe, leading to a troublesome smoke. The bowl will not stay lit and I often get tongue bite from lighting it so much. I stayed away from flakes for a long time after a few […]

Pipe Tobacco: Aging Gracefully

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Many pipe smokers have discovered the advantages of aging tobaccos, knowing that certain blends benefit greatly by being stored for an extended period of time. It’s a little more complicated than just tossing some tins in the cellar and waiting a couple years to pop them open, so I’m going to help you learn how […]

Some Cold Weather Smoking Tips

Pipe smoking snowman

For those of you who live in Florida, the deep Southwest, southern California and Hawaii, ignore this information. For those of you who live elsewhere in the United States, these tips are for you, after you get done mumbling curses under your breath directed toward the people who live in those warmer regions. Obviously, if […]

What I Do When I Do What I Do

El Primer Mundo Epifanias cigar review by Jason

After reading Russ’s article about doing a cigar tasting, I reflected on my own methods for review.  I would consider myself relatively ritualistic in regards to my process.  I try to be alone whenever I can, which is not always possible.  I feel as though it will yield the most accurate results for a few […]

How to Do a Cigar Tasting

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When trying a cigar for the first time, I don’t usually smoke and drink as I normally would. My intent is to get the true flavor and aroma, so I try to arrange things to keep my palate clean. The first thing, obviously, is to select the cigar. Once you know what the approximate strength […]

A Few Little Cigar Tricks

Just the Tip

Everybody has their collection of tips and tricks about their livelihoods and/or hobbies. Here are a handful of ideas that may make your enjoyment of cigar smoking a little better. Lighting for an even burn- Using a wide flame, such as using two matches or a double width soft-flame butane lighter is the best way […]