Friday, March 30, 2012

Gregor Lobnik and Chicago Fever

One month to go and I have the fever. The Chicago Pipe Show is a big deal in my life. I look forward to it all year. I become an 8 year old waiting for Christmas. I have been counting down the days on a calendar- my Chicago Pipe Show Advent Calendar. Someone should make these- a small packet of different tobacco for every day leading up to the show. P&T should put out a special Pipe Show issue w/ this calendar enclosed.
Anyway- I'm excited and I know other folks are too. I just received an email from Gregor Lobnik w/ photos of some of the pipes he will be bringing. They look gorgeous! I can't wait to see them. I can't wait to see Gregor too. It's always wonderful to see friends again after such a long time. Thursday night in the Smoking Tent is a holiday-like experience. Like Christmas Eve. I hope everyone reading will be there.
Here's Gregor's pipes- T

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chris Askwith

Chris Askwith is a young English pipemaker that is getting some well deserved attention now. I bought my first pipe from Chris at the Chicago show last year and have since added 4 more. Chris makes a good smoking pipe and his sense of aesthetics go right along with mine. The 2 most recent additions to my collection are shown below. They are really wonderful pipes. They smoke great and feel great in the hand. I suggest you check him out. He's very affordable and that can't last. -T

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pipe Smoking Mississippian In Papua New Guinea

Pipe smoking in Papua New Guinea

Using MacBaren pipe tobacco to roll cigarettes

Some tampers John has made.
Mark has struck up a friendship w/ a fellow Mississippian that is doing mission work in Papua New Guinea. The internet sure makes the world a small neighborhood when it comes to bumping into people and striking up conversations. John sent a few photos of his adventure. -T

Monday, March 12, 2012

Article on David Enrique in P&T

Erwin Van Hove (my favorite pipe writer) has a nice story in the current Pipes & Tobacco magazine about French pipe maker David Enrique. Worth a read! -T