Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Mac Baren HH Rustica Review

Let’s take a break from the world’s nonsense for a moment, because something more important is happening.  Allow me to elaborate:

When I first heard about Mac Baren’s HH Bold Kentucky being released, I was working as a tobacconist at the local Tinder Box.  I picked up the phone and dialed my rep and I had five tins dashed my shop’s direction.  This was because when I first heard about another HH release, Old Dark Fired a year prior, I was not yet working as a tobacconist and it was a hard product to acquire at first.  My personal history with Mac Baren is much more love story than it is with most people:  the first time I dove into Plumcake, and then Virginia No. 1, it was heaven to me.  It wasn’t until I began enjoying it and peddling it to customers to try I would get the old timers calling it “Mac Bite” and wincing disapprovingly.  Clearly, it wasn’t for everyone.  For me, they had a handful of favorites, and that seems to be growing, by my reckon.  Perhaps the company had a different way of doing things way-back-when, but whatever incarnation of tobacco they had going on when I discovered them made me truly appreciate their style and approach even more today.  With the famous (and serious) HH lines for which they are now widely known, I’m always one to seek out the latest releases.

Radio Talk Show

PMRS Bonus Show Food For Thought: Olympic Boxer, Norvel Lee

This is an unedited conversation that is off the topic of our main show.  These bonus episodes are intended to generate a discussion and maybe give you more insight into an area outside of pipes and pipe smoking.  We hope that you will learn and maybe want to explore more in the subject after each episode.  These shows will come out every Friday for the time and our regular episodes of the Pipes Magazine Radio Show will continue to be made available on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
For this weeks Food For Thought, we talk with Ken Conklin, author of “NORVEL: An American Hero” about the book’s subject, Olympic Boxer Norvel Lee. We hope you enjoy!

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A Chat with Chris Gawith of Gawith and Hoggarth

I had a chance to sit down with Chris Gawith and chat to him about his two brands, Samuel Gawith and Gawith and Hoggarth. It was an audio interview, so I have transcribed it as such.

Are you thinking about dropping one of the brands?

No, not at all. They are all made under the same roof; when Sam Gawith came over to us we bought the men, machinery, and the brands, basically everything just sort of moved, more or less all of them stayed, maybe one or two decided to move on. It has been run up to now as just their company under our roof, which works to a point. But now we’ve discovered what the demand is, but the two brands will remain as they are.

The problem with leaving it just at that stage which we are trying to address. You can’t operate as a business with two teams of people; we need to manage the equipment and the human resources to deliver what pipe smokers want us to deliver. Gawith Hoggarth can produce tobacco a lot quicker; it’s just the nature of how the tobacco is made at Samuel Gawith.

The Pipe Pundit

Of Pipes, History and Culture

“. . . . I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

― Vincent Willem van Gogh

I’ve long admired Van Gogh’s paintings and sketches of pipe smokers, but especially his self-portraits with his pipe and golden straw hat. And if you too are an admirer of Van Gogh and a pipe smoker, you will understand the critical reflective role a beloved pipe plays in the artistic process, something not always recognized by the non-pipe smokers.

I am also a huge fan of the Ser Jacopo Picta series of pipes, especially the Van Gogh pipes.

That history is beautifully captured in Smokingpipes.com web site reviews of the Picta series under the artistic guidance of the late Giancarlo Guidi, who died in 2012 at the age of 69. Guidi was the founder of Ser Jacopo and was a leading force in the Italian art of pipe making.

Pipe Smoking Lifestyle

Where Will Pipes Be In 100 Years?

Last May I attended the Chicago Pipe Show, and the first person I saw was an Englishman named Reggie Stevens. Reg lives in Birmingham, England and speaks with the accent of someone who has lived in the north of England his whole life. He sounds a little like Ringo Starr.

“Reg!” I said, “It’s so good to see you!” as I gave him a big bear hug.

“Well, I’ll tell you, mate,” he said, “I’m feeling a little better now. My wife of 54 years died in January, and this is the first time I can feel the cloud lifting a little – because of all the love and friendship there is at this pipe show.”