Alright then, here's a couple of lines about this new member.
An avid cigarette smoker for a little over 30 years, I decided to go back to pipe smoking. I dabbled a bit with it back in college, so it's slow getting back into things. I picked up a couple of cheaper pipes about a good year ago and started playing around to see if i could stick with it. One of those two cheap pipes has a marking "Czech" and that's about it. The other, nothing whatsoever. But after a good year or so, I decided I could stick with this.
So about a month ago, while on a little weekend outing, my wife actually walked into a local B&M with me and actually purchased me a nice Peterson. And what a difference in experience ! So now I guess I've caught the bug and am slowly expanding my collection. Picked up since then:
* BC Calabash Star B, smooth ($65)
* Stanwell Deluxe, Billiard, Rusticated ($50)
Final two additions I'm considering are a Savinelli prince or author), a Chacom Champs Elysees (bent apple or prince) and perhaps one more Peterson. That should give me a nice 7-8 pipe collection, evenly spread out over Englishes and Aromatics, with ample room to rotate.
Besides that, I'm originally from Belgium so enjoy a good glass of beer, spent time in Scotland and Ireland, so enjoy any good scotch, Irish whiskey or even Bourbon. Oh, and I'm a foodie too, so a nice dinner with family and friends is in my opinion never a waste of time.
Look forward to interacting here and appreciate any feedback, especially on the Chacom pipe.
"The fact is, squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It's the poor man's friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing on this universal earth."
-"Sam Slick, the clockmaker" aka T.C.Haliburton