178. Companion Cases & Collections: Collectors and/or Companions?

I want to begin with a timely greeting from Steven Hersey which he posted a few days ago in the comments, in case you didn’t see it: Hello, all. I hope that you are able to adjust to whatever new regimes have been placed before you by your respective governments as we adapt to different life patterns. As one who works from home anyway, the isolation has not negatively affected me and I can continue ...
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177. The New Standard System Dark

Two weeks ago SPC (Smokingpipes.com) released the first batch of what I’ve been thinking of as “the Dark System,” but which is actually called the Standard System Dark. It’s not a replacement for the lighter-stained Standard System Smooth, but an additional finish to the System line, one that will be welcomed by many System fans across the globe. “Affectionately referred to as the ‘Heritage’ finish at the Peterson factory,” the SPC email reads, “the System ...
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176. A Chat with Jonathan Fields, Peterson’s Production Manager

“All Peterson pipes are made for individual people. There’s no two Peterson pipes the same.” —Jonathan Fields, Production Manager Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! I have been saving this interview with Peterson’s production manager Jonathan Fields for a special occasion, and this is it. Jonathan is one of the “new,” younger generation of craftsmen at Peterson—he’s only got 23 years’ service under his belt at this point—but his ...
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175. Patent and Irish Free State-Era Pipe Boxes Made by P. O’Reilly of Dublin

We like to think that we know a great deal about the past here in the second decade of the 21st century, but the more I read history, historical novels and study pipes & tobaccos, the more I’m convinced that we have very little visual understanding of the quotidian realities of bygone days. Take almost anything from the past—the tenements and mansions of Dickensian London, the British naval vessels of Patrick O’Brien’s “Aubreyiad” (the Aubrey-Maturin ...
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174. SPC’s 20th Anniversary Small Batch Peterson Blasts: A Gallery Walk

On Thursday afternoon of January 3rd this year, something rather wonderful happened: Smokingpipes.com released a small batch of 80 Peterson pipes to launch SPC’s 20th anniversary celebrations. I took a look, of course, but when I went to look again the following morning, all 80 pipes were gone. Peterson produces a number of small batches each year for their clients all over the globe and I don’t hear about a number of them, but this ...
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173. IPSD 2020: “Sweet Petes” From Around the Globe

Happy International Pipe Smoking Day! Or is that “International Peterson Smoking Day”? No matter—it is a joy to pass along greetings from Pete Freeks across the globe and pictures of their Sweet Petes. John H. Schantz, Billings, Montana. I have so many favorite Petes but I had to go with this Darwin Natural [pictured above]. It is a confirmed good looker AND good smoker. One of my favorite tobaccos is Rattray’s “Exotic Orange” and my ...
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  • 178. Companion Cases & Collections: Collectors and/or Companions?

    I want to begin with a timely greeting from Steven Hersey which he posted a few days ago in the comments, in case you didn’t see it: Hello, all. I hope that you are able to adjust to whatever new regimes have been placed before you by your respective governments as we adapt to different life patterns. As one who works from home anyway, the isolation has not negatively affected me and I can continue the...
  • 177. The New Standard System Dark

    Two weeks ago SPC (Smokingpipes.com) released the first batch of what I’ve been thinking of as “the Dark System,” but which is actually called the Standard System Dark. It’s not a replacement for the lighter-stained Standard System Smooth, but an additional finish to the System line, one that will be welcomed by many System fans across the globe. “Affectionately referred to as the ‘Heritage’ finish at the Peterson factory,” the SPC email reads, “the System Standard...
  • 176. A Chat with Jonathan Fields, Peterson’s Production Manager

    “All Peterson pipes are made for individual people. There’s no two Peterson pipes the same.” —Jonathan Fields, Production Manager Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! I have been saving this interview with Peterson’s production manager Jonathan Fields for a special occasion, and this is it. Jonathan is one of the “new,” younger generation of craftsmen at Peterson—he’s only got 23 years’ service under his belt at this point—but his enthusiasm, energy and strength...
  • 175. Patent and Irish Free State-Era Pipe Boxes Made by P. O’Reilly of Dublin

    We like to think that we know a great deal about the past here in the second decade of the 21st century, but the more I read history, historical novels and study pipes & tobaccos, the more I’m convinced that we have very little visual understanding of the quotidian realities of bygone days. Take almost anything from the past—the tenements and mansions of Dickensian London, the British naval vessels of Patrick O’Brien’s “Aubreyiad” (the Aubrey-Maturin...
  • 174. SPC’s 20th Anniversary Small Batch Peterson Blasts: A Gallery Walk

    On Thursday afternoon of January 3rd this year, something rather wonderful happened: Smokingpipes.com released a small batch of 80 Peterson pipes to launch SPC’s 20th anniversary celebrations. I took a look, of course, but when I went to look again the following morning, all 80 pipes were gone. Peterson produces a number of small batches each year for their clients all over the globe and I don’t hear about a number of them, but this one...
  • 173. IPSD 2020: “Sweet Petes” From Around the Globe

    Happy International Pipe Smoking Day! Or is that “International Peterson Smoking Day”? No matter—it is a joy to pass along greetings from Pete Freeks across the globe and pictures of their Sweet Petes. John H. Schantz, Billings, Montana. I have so many favorite Petes but I had to go with this Darwin Natural [pictured above]. It is a confirmed good looker AND good smoker. One of my favorite tobaccos is Rattray’s “Exotic Orange” and my drink...
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