Gentlemen (and Ladies? perhaps?)
Discovered the site yesterday just browsing around, and had to join. I've been smoking a pipe off and on since I was 18. Growing up, both of my Grandfather's smoked pipes. One of them died when I was very young, but my Grandpaw Ray lived until I was a grown man. As far back as I can remember, my favorite thing to do was sit by him while he smoke his Cherry blend. I loved the smell, the ritual, and the accessories. For Christmas I always bought him a pack of Cherry blend tobacco. I may have been buying terrible tobacco, but he never told me otherwise. As soon as I was old enough, I bought a second hand pipe and a bag of Cherry. Coffee and my pipe became my new ritual, and on Friday nights, at the coffee house, the girls always showed me extra attention because I had an "old man pipe"...they thought it was charming. That alone was reason enough for me to keep at it!
For the past several years I have really become a more serious pipe smoker, but I never strayed off too far into the realm of the aficionado. I knew what tobaccos I liked to smoke, on a daily basis at least, like Prince Albert, or the occasional aromatic, but I never remembered what they were called.
Now, 35, I want to be more of an aficionado, knowing more about the blends that I smoke, and why I like them. Currently I have a lot of an English tobacco that I am loving, but couldn't for the life of me buy it again if I ran out.
I have 7 pipes in my collection, two which belonged to my Pawpaw (the one who died when I was young). One is his Falcon, which is one of my favorites to smoke from. Recently I came across a 60's era Dr. Grabow #20 Starfire, and enjoy it as well.
I hope to make some good buddies here, who don't mind helping me learn and grow and become a mature piper.