PPN is on deck? Any intel on when or what? I reserved some but didn’t know they were knocking on my doorWas this the one that went for $45? If so I’m glad it landed with you. I took a modest stab because I’m tapped out and still need to remember the PPN is on deck.
Mark mentioned in one of the comments that he’d announce it on September 10. No hints as to what it is besides having a BC stem. Even if the stummel is not my favorite I can’t pass up the sadly to oft used BC stem.PPN is on deck? Any intel on when or what? I reserved some but didn’t know they were knocking on my door
The signup isn't a commitment to purchase, it just gives mark an Idea how many people might be interested. The list of interested people is always more than the the number of pipes signed up for. So if when the pipe comes out and you aren't keen on it your pipe just goes to the first person in line who wants one but missed the sign up deadline.
Correct, you're not committed to purchase. If you change your mind... there's plenty of people waiting.I think the sign up was not necessarily a commitment to buy. I think they would be OK if people decided to back out since the run is so small which would increase the demand.
Love it!Slowly getting closer to completing the last few on mu “Missing Pipes” list. This silver banded 82s came from Germany and is in decent condition except for where repeated pipe cleaner pokes have put a hole in the stem. There was a repair attempt that didn’t go very well but I think some skilled hands should be able to take care of it.
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Interesting. Thanks for posting.Some observations from my visit to the Peterson factory last Wednesday, in no particular order:
- It’s a factory in the sense that individuals perform specific steps of the pipemaking, rather than the entire pipe. Yes, stummels are fraised by machine and stems are preformed, but both are refined and finished by hand. The same can be said about Missouri Meerschaum’s factory. Not much is automated.
- The silverwork is virtually all by hand. The shank caps start as hallmarked rings and are formed over basswood forms which Jason custom makes on the lathe for almost every tray of pipes. A silver bowl cap takes 90 minutes to make from scratch from a sheet!
- They definitely DO NOT dip-stain anymore. The stain is applied by a foam brush, with the exception of the black stain on pure black pipes, which is sprayed. If the mortise is darkened, it’s due to heat from the machining process, not stain.
- Draft holes are drilled early in the process.
- In a system pipe, the stummel is mounted to a lathe where the shoulder of the shank is shaped, and mortise and moisture well are all formed simultaneously.
- The stamps are all applied by hand, one letter and digit at a time. There are, of course, many stamps which incorporate logos and letters together.
- Rustication is labor-intensive. It’s not cheaper to make them, except that they don’t waste briar that’s not appropriate for other finishes.
- Each fraised bowl is carefully examined both dry and wetted during a process where they are sorted into grades.
- Yes, of course there are some fills in many of the pipes. This helps keep Peterson pipes a good value.
- There are a few cool new offerings in the works!! Sorry, but I can’t share anything more.
- Vulcanite is getting hard-to-get. There is now a single European manufacturer of Vulcanite rods.
- Glen and Company are continuing to make positive changes to the production processes, bringing improved quality and cost-efficiency.
- If you’re going to Dublin and have a few extra hours, get in touch with Glen Whelan and it’s likely that you can tour the factory. This is something they did in the past, but paused during their move and COVID-19, but the opportunity is again available.