Greetings, and welcome to my pipe blog!
I’m a pipe smoking writer from Northeastern Illinois. I enjoy smoking my pipe while reading and writing adventure stories. I also happen to enjoy reading the thoughts of other pipe smokers about this hobby of ours. So I decided to join in and share my thoughts on pipe smoking, pipe related stories, as well as the occasional pipe tobacco review. You can follow along on the main page for the latest updates, or click one of the pages in the toolbar for specific stories.
First, a little more about my preferences in pipes and tobacco.
Everyone has their own preferred style of pipe shapes. For me, I’m a fan of straight or quarter bent pipes, as they’re a bit easier to pass a pipe cleaner through. That doesn’t mean I don’t like a half or full bent pipe, but as the years pass, I find myself gravitating to pipes that are easier to clean. My favorite shapes include: Canadians, Lovats, quarter bent Dublins, and Bulldogs.
For pipe brands, I’ll always be a Peterson guy, and I have many that make up the majority of my collection. However, I’ve become a huge fan of Savinelli and their design aesthetic. Stanwell also makes some pretty great pipes on a budget, though I wish their shapes were a bit longer.
Now, what’s a pipe without pipe tobacco? I started out smoking aromatics, and then moved onto English blends, then VaPers, and now onto Burley dominated blends. Like food, pipe smokers will change their tastes as the years pass. I still enjoy all types of pipe tobacco, and I encourage all pipe smokers to try a variety of blends to find the right ones for them.
My top five favorite blends include: C&D’s Old Joe Krantz, C&D’s Black Frigate, MacBaren’s Navy Flake, C&D’s Exhausted Rooster, and G&H’s Ennerdale Flake.
If you’re interested in hearing about how I first got into pipe smoking, I wrote a four part series detailing my journey- from my initial interest and conflict with my upbringing, all the way to the first time I smoked a pipe. Feel free to click the links below and read along.
My Pipe Journey Pt. 1– How an anti-smoker stumbled into pipes
My Pipe Journey Pt.2– Choosing my first pipe
My Pipe Journey Pt.3– Picking Pipe Tobacco
My Pipe Journey Pt.4- My first pipe smoking experience
All pipe smokers have a tale to tell on how they first got into the hobby. Personally, I love reading these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading my story.
So stay awhile, pack your favorite pipe and tobacco, and enjoy your stay! And if you enjoy what you’re reading, feel free to leave a comment. I always try to reply to everyone that is kind enough to give me feedback.
Pleasant puffing, from your friend,