For the Beginner- Part 1, Packing, Lighting and Smoking

I’m willing to bet that there are more ex-pipe smokers than pipe smokers. The main reason that so many people try smoking a pipe and give it up is because they get the wrong kind of pipe and/or tobacco, and they don’t know how to pack, light and smoke to get the most enjoyment and […]

Overview- Decatur products

4 pipe rest

When I first started selling pipes in my shop, Decatur was the best-known name in pipe furniture. They had a nice assortment of stands, racks, tobacco jars and cabinets, and they were pretty reasonably priced. Then with very little warning, Decatur was gone, and there weren’t many companies left to fill the void. A number […]

The Devil’s in the Details

I’m constantly amazed at pipes that smoke well. Actually, I’m amazed that so many of my pipes smoke well, and , at the same time, are comfortable and attractive. There are a multitude of ways that things could go wrong, that it’s pretty stunning when you realize that it doesn’t happen much more frequently. If the drafthole […]

Pipe Academy: Accessories for Newbies

New Pipe Smoker

One of the most frequently asked questions from new pipe smokers is “What do I need other than a pipe and some tobacco?” Here are some ideas for you. • Pipe cleaners- you should run a pipe cleaner through the pipe after every smoke, and if the tobacco you are smoking tends to smoke wet, […]

Pipe Academy: Cleaning your pipe

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Cleaning a pipe is, for the most part, a fairly simple task, but it can also get rather involved if more intensive cleaning is required. After finishing a bowl, simply remove the dottle from the chamber by using the spoon-like part of a pipe tools, being careful not to gouge the cake or the wood. […]