164. Charles Peterson: The Original “Thinking Man” (West Coast Pipe Show Presentation)
Merry Christmas! I hope you’ve found something Peterson-related under the tree or in your stocking this morning, and if not, are at the very least enjoying an early morning pipe with your favorite hot beverage.
Ralle Perera, a fellow Pete aficionado and gifted artist from Sweden, sent me the best Christmas card I’ve ever received, and I wanted to share it with you today as I think we too often forget the difficulties the holiday season can sometimes bring.
So today, in wishing you the best of the season—peace, quiet, joy and the comfort of a good Peterson with your favorite tobacco (whether indoors or out)—I thought you might enjoy a look at “Charles Peterson: the Original ‘Thinking Man,’” a presentation I gave at the West Coast Pipe Show last month.
The talk takes a look at the extraordinary genius of Charles Peterson, first as artisan pipe maker, then as inventor and finally as an atypical “Free Thinker.” It’s my belief that an understanding of Charles Peterson’s vision goes a long way toward explaining the enduring (if counter-cultural) appeal of Peterson pipes.
In the presentation you’ll see a few pipes and documents not found in the book as well as some information about how you can identify vintage pipes that I believe were made by Peterson himself.
The video is also available on YouTube, so if you like it, do let friends at your pipe club or on your forum know. I am continually amazed at how many Peterson lovers haven’t heard about the book or the blog.
In the meantime, may peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and may happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas.
Nollaig faoi shéan is faoi shaonas duit!
A happy and a prosperous Christmas to you!