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How to Start Smoking a Pipe (Only 4 Things to Get You Going!)

How to Start Smoking a Pipe (Only 4 Things to Get You Going!)

Posted by Jack Rather on 19th Aug 2021

With so many things in life, getting started can be the hardest part. No doubt that applies to pipe smoking. So if you’ve ever wondered how to start smoking a pipe, this guide is for you. One of the best things about smoking a pipe is the vastness of options. Pipes come in any number …
​5 Memorable Pipe Smoking Characters in Movies

​5 Memorable Pipe Smoking Characters in Movies

Posted by Greg Rosenberg on 13th Aug 2021

One of the exciting things about getting into pipes is the way you start to notice and appreciate when they turn up on the screen. They offer a nuanced insight into a character—not just their being a pipe smoker at all, but more specifically, what the individual pipe says about the individual pipe s …
11 Essential Blends from Cornell and Diehl to Try

11 Essential Blends from Cornell and Diehl to Try

Posted by Jack Rather on 28th Jul 2021

Silicon Valley may be famed for its garage-to-riches success stories, but tech isn’t the only place where a modest household beginning signals great heights. The tobacco community has our own narrative to crow about—Cornell & Diehl, a source of exceptionally fine tobacco since 1992. That’s the y …
​Fight Night: European vs. American Blends

​Fight Night: European vs. American Blends

Posted by Jack Rather on 26th Jul 2021

Alright, let’s have a little fun here. There’s excellence to be found in tobacco blends from all over the globe but categorizing our favorites in varied ways provides the piper a method of talking about difference and distinction. It’s what allows us to put disparate elements into new conv …

​A Comprehensive Guide to Men’s EDC Kits

Posted by Jack Rather on 25th Jul 2021

When it comes to the items men carry around on a day-to-day basis, no two guy’s pockets look exactly the same. As men, we only have so many ways to personalize our style and accessories, so everyday carry — or EDC — items tend to be very personal and purposeful.If you’re still assembling your ideal …
​20 Resources to Improve Your Pipecraft

​20 Resources to Improve Your Pipecraft

Posted by Jack Rather on 12th Jul 2021

Piping – the pastime with endless vistas. You can smoke morning, noon, and night for decades on end, but the blends keep coming out, the palate continues to improve, your collection of briar, meerschaum, and morta swells, and your friendships in the dedicated piping community flouris …
​9 Top Rated Aromatic Blends

​9 Top Rated Aromatic Blends

Posted by Jack Rather on 16th Jun 2021

The great rivalries: Packers vs. Bears, Montagues vs. Capulets, Churchill vs. Chamberlain, blonde vs. brunette. And to this storied list of squabbles, we can tack on Aromatic vs. Non-Aromatic and English pipe tobaccos. While it’s true that certain smokers straddle the divide, many find themselv …
10 Tips About Pipes and Tobacco from Industry Experts

10 Tips About Pipes and Tobacco from Industry Experts

Posted by Jack Rather on 14th Jun 2021

The piping community is one indebted to the unmatched wisdom of history. While we celebrate newcomers who have just picked up their first Missouri Meerschaum, or those greenhorn shapers who are testing out their father’s lathe, or backyard blenders who enliven their favorite tobaccos with …
7 Mac Baren Blends to Try

7 Mac Baren Blends to Try

Posted by Jack Rather on 12th May 2021

What do you get when you marry two hundred years of business stretched over four generations of family ownership, keen attention to heritage, expert tobacco knowledge, and a commitment to innovation at every step of your process? Three words: Mac Baren Tobacco. Helmed by the Halberg family, and …
​Tobacco Pipes: Expectations vs. Reality

​Tobacco Pipes: Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Jack Rather on 5th May 2021

Every pipe smoker remembers the first time they spotted a fascinating character smoking a pipe. Maybe it was Gandalf in the cartoon version of The Hobbit. Or perhaps you fell prey to Sherlock Holmes as he took on a “three pipe problem.” For some, it may have been a grandfather, or photos of Albe …