Welcome from central North Carolina. Lots of good information here -- history, expertise, smoking tips, etc. Also, avail yourself of the sponsor retail sites, for purchases if you please, but first for information. You can get a lot of info about pipe brands, shapes, materials, filters and non-filter, and about tobacco brands, types of leaf, genres, flavorings and non-flavored, etc. etc. Feel free with questions. I go way back with pipes, but I learn something nearly every time I log on.