I say the same answers too...
It’s funny this post coming up, because in all honesty, after coming up to being three years this year getting back into pipe smoking, I feel like I’ve only started to get a good rhythm of certain things at this point in time.
Now, just remember, none of this really matters if your pockets are deep, and you have money to throw to the wind.
But, if you really have to budget, and you are limited, then you certainly want to make your money go as far as it can, so what does that mean to a pipe smoker?
1. Affording a pipe, and then knowing how to properly smoke and care for it.
2. Finding blends that you like, suited to your tastes, and that might end up running into buying a lot of blends until you find what you like.
3. Then, smoking and enjoying what you like. Is it to moist, to dry, did I pack it right, or to tight, smoked to slow or to fast, am I getting my money’s worth in smoking and getting the most out of each bowl.
4. Breaking in an uncoated chamber, am I smoking it correctly, how hot, warm, or cool to keep it. Then trying to create an even carbon layer throughout the chamber.
These four are just a few fine examples, but there are a few others to consider, and for me, the real cherry on the top;
Am I good enough, to own an expensive pipe?
And when I start smoking expensive pipes, do I have enough experience to know whether or not they were worth what I paid, or I simply paid for a name, no better than any decent brand.
I said a lot of ‘I’ here, as to mean me only, and of course, these have all been thoughts in my mind, but these should also be what we all consider.
Sure, it’s just a pipe, and tobacco, how difficult can it be? Stick some tobacco in a pipe, light it and smoke it.
Well, if we all want to aspire to a level of connoisseur, appreciate a finer smoking pipe, appreciating quality tobacco, etc., then it certainly does look like this is like life, you get out of it, what you put into it.
All I can say, is I’ve spent a hell of a lot of time in learning;
The Finer Art of Pipe Smoking...