Category Archives: Put that in Your Pipe

And Now for Something Completely Different

Russ Ouellette Some of the greatest things that happen to us seem to occur completely randomly. We accidentally meet people who quickly become good friends. Someone mentions a blend that we never heard of, and it becomes a new favorite. As my life has progressed, I’ve come to truly appreciate those oddball circumstances that come […]

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A Rainy Night

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong She was a cute one, this girl at the bar. She wasn’t a real beauty, but just the right amount of dimple in her cheeks made her irresistible. And irresistible was good enough for me. Long wavy blonde tresses cascading across her shoulders with a smart black and red hat pinned off […]

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Tobaccos and Reviews I’d Like to See

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong I’m sure we have all read tobacco reviews, as well as wine and beer reviews. Pipes Magazine posts some great ones that I know I have benefited from. This is where I learned about Bosphorus Cruise, which I love. Most of the reviews I have read here have been down to earth […]

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Cruising The Information Highway

Marshall “Butch” Armstrong Getting in touch with people who enjoy the same things you do has been made almost effortless these days because of the internet. Those of us who where born in the dark ages before the time of computer enlightenment know that this wasn’t always so easy. Today there is an online group […]

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A Beautifully Crafted Pipe

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong Over this past Winter, my wife Ann has been busy painting. She’s an amateur artist who likes to paint nature scenes. Her paintings show the graceful lines and shapes of our natural world. Recently I watched nine Eagles on what’s left of our lake ice, fishing for minnows. As one of them […]

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Tobacco Dreams

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong I had a restless night last night and didn’t get much sleep. Too many things on my mind I suppose, and so today I kept nodding off. I went out to the garage to smoke some Balkan blend that I have, (I love that Oriental tobacco) and fell asleep in my smoking […]

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On Pipe Smoking

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong Have you ever thought about pipe smoking? It must seem like a silly question. Of course we think about pipe smoking. We think about it every day. We think about our down time when we can enjoy that next bowl. We think about which tobacco we’re going to smoke next, and which […]

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The Great Northern Pipe Club

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong The sun is shining, the temperature is 10° F/-13° C, the roads are covered with snow and the lakes are frozen over. It’s winter in Minnesota and I am headed to St. Paul for the Great Northern Pipe Club’s monthly meeting. (I like the name. It reminds me of the "Great Northern […]

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Dreams Of Old Virginia

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong It sounds like a book title, doesn’t it, "Dreams of old Virginia?" For all I know, it could be, but for the purposes of this article it has to do with the smoking of Virginia tobacco. I was browsing through the forums here at Pipes Magazine.com and found one titled, "The art […]

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Smoking Outdoors In Minnesota

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong It takes a brave person to smoke a pipe outside when it’s below zero. Or is that a foolish person? I don’t know. Whether brave or foolish, and sometimes they’re one and the same, that person is me. I smoke outside. My wife doesn’t smoke and we have our grandkids out here […]

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