224. “Smoking is the Art”: Sweet Petes Future / Past

When we look at any beautiful object (natural or artistic), we suspend all other activity, and we are simply aware, we only want to contemplate the object. While we are in this contemplative state, we do not want anything from the object; we just want to contemplate it; we want it to never end. We

Read More »

223. Toward An All-Purpose Bowl Coating for Pete Geeks

Early last October I woke up and after saying my J. R. R. Tolkien prayer (“Thank you, Lord, for another 24 hours to smoke my pipe”), I began wondering how hard it would be to replicate K&P’s current bowl coating formula. It’s just a mixture of activated charcoal powder, food-grade gum arabic and water. How

Read More »

222. A Life With Pipes: The Doug Owen Story

Doug Owen is a long-time reader of Peterson Pipe Notes and with every comment he makes he rekindles in me the desire for the days when every town of any size had at least one good pipe shop. He’s spent a lifetime behind the counter and has the kind of knowledge and enthusiasm for Petes

Read More »

221. SPD 2021 · XL307 · “S” · B&A · APBC · TDPTPS · 80S SG

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021, fellow Pete Geeks. I hope you’ve got one of your favorite Petes in hand—perhaps an SPD commemorative—and filled with your favorite tobacco, ready to lift your bowl in celebration. (Guinness is optional, although here in the States and in some other parts of the world

Read More »

220. Peterson Paisley: It’s in the Grain

Every great pipe maker and artisan has a design language that identifies them to their devotees. For K&P, there are multiple entry-points into a house style that began with Charles Peterson and has followed trends and fashions in pipe making for over 150 years without losing its visual sensibility and fascination. A Shannon 05 (Dublin

Read More »