- May 31, 2012
...and I forgot to take a pic with its pristine uncoated virgin bowl unmolested, because I immediately packed it full of Peterson's Perfect Plug and started chugging away, then suddenly remembered that I should snap a couple of shots at least, in memory of our white wedding, because baby, the honeymoon is just starting!
Somewhat unusual for me to so quickly light a brand new pipe up, in most cases I wait until a pipe "speaks to me" and continue to admire the way it looks in the brand new state, but Ryan's pipe, as soon as I slipped 'er outta the bag, absolutely screamed to me JOLLY SMOGGO! and before I knew it I was full tilt boogie woogie, totally jazzed and smack dab in the middle of blissful delight.
There's a bit more I'd like to say, but I'll wait a minute and let the pictures speak for themselves...
there is actually something I need to say here and now, and that's that this pipe fits like a glove in hand, almost as if I had known it my whole life, strangely intimate and familiar, and that's what a really good pipemaker can do,
make a pipe feel like home.
Don't make fun of my surplus Swedish military kit, it's too damn cold here and these undershirts keep me warm all winter and since the first one I ever got already had monkey-thumbs cut in it I did the same to all my others just because it's comfy and actually protective in harsh wind etc... 8)
let the pictures speak for themselves:
There's still a little more I'd like to comment upon, most especially regarding the subtle refinements that Ryan has been working hard to put into his work, but again, I'll save that for a little downstream --- right here I must mention his pipe-bags.
I love his bags because they are stout, thick and protective. This is important to me because I always take my little pipe friends out on the road while I'm working and effective protection is a must have. There are no worries with these. Ryan handcrafts them himself out of Bison leather and he builds 'em bulletproof!
I really do appreciate such the warm touches like that, as if it ain't already got enough soul, he yet still adds a good heaping more and the overall experience is amplified by such attention to those small details,
I really dig this pipe!
:: THANKS RYAN!