Craig, cool man. That Dublin is beautiful. I know you are going to love smoking it. Mine came in just half an hour ago so I put down the pipe I was smoking and loaded up my new pipe. It is smoking brilliantly, cool and dry and it is very comfortable to clench.
Before I lit up I put a fluffy pipe cleaner through and it went to the bottom like butter.
Not sure what pipes Paul is bringing to Chicago, but I understand he's bringing his son, who's showing his new Paulsson line.
Can't wait to have that Dublin in hand! Great to hear yours is smoking well out of the gate, cigrmaster. I hope the mail from England is faster than the mail to Ireland. I mailed a 1980s Peterson 337S supreme to Sallynoggin to be fitted with a stem with a draft that's bigger than a coffee stirrer, unlike the original. It's been two weeks and no updates to tracking in 12 days. Glad I bought the insurance.
I would say that Isaac (Paul's son) would be classed as a budding pipe maker. He still needs a little of my help with the shaping, but I thought he was far enough along to merit his own stamp. He also does a lot of the staining on my own pipes. The amazing thing? Isaac is twelve years old (and the same size as me). It would be safe to say he is the youngest budding pipe maker anywhere. We will both have plenty of pipes to display at the Chicago show.