Garfinkel Panel Pipe and Tobacco

I’ve never owned a four-square billiard. I’ve had plenty of pipes with paneled sides, but this venerable classic has always eluded me. Truth told, I’d always considered it something of […]

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Relearning Latakia

Latakia Tobacco

“Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have the definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.” –Special Agent Dale Cooper In […]

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Pipe Therapy

Coffee Beans and Bialetti Moka Express

Last week, I had one of those days when things just don’t go quite right. I’d ordered some specialty coffee from a supplier I’d heard good things about. Specifically, I […]

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Bones to Pick


It doesn’t happen very often – I’m usually a pretty laid back guy – but there are times when I can get really cranky. Usually, it’s over a driver performing […]

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Ghost Busting

“O, begone ye ghosts of tobaccos past! Out, out, I say!” Obviously, I’m not talking about treasured memories of long-gone blends, but of the sometimes everlasting impressions left in the […]

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Of a Certain Age

Vintage Tobaccos

No, I’m not talking about me, though I struggle with the acceptance that  the expression is at least beginning to be applicable. I’m talking about tobacco. It’s well established that […]

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Doin’ the Bengal Breakdown

Original Bengal Slices by James B. Russell

It’s far from a closely-held secret that for years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the old, Celebrated Bengal Slices. I fondly recall my first experience with […]

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The Charring Light

Embarcadero Tobacco with Pease-King Designed Pipe

Sometimes, fortunately not too often, I forget stuff, and it bugs me. What’s worse, though, is when I don’t remember that I forgot it, though I guess that bugs me […]

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Breaking it In

Peterson Silver Spigot 107

Predictably, the Vegas pipe extravaganza of 2022, the first pipe show I’ve attended since 2019, was an absolute delight. I met up with old friends, made some new ones, and […]

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Are You Experienced?

State Express Pipe Tobacco

It might be hard to believe, but there was a time, not all that long ago in the timeline of pipe smoking, when people didn’t even think about aging tobacco. […]

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