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!
Thank you Mark. What a Christmas gift on this boring day. The big day here was yesterday evening.
Jorgen–boring?! But it sounds like you had all your fun Christmas Eve. Is this the custom in Denmark?
Thanks Mark and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
..and Merry Christmas to you, too, Al!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all of you who enjoy Mark and this wonderful blog.
(And thank you Mark – I am deeply moved and honoured).
Kindest regards to everyone.
Thanks, Ralle, for letting us stop and in your art be thankful for the blessings we have. Merry Christmas, sir!
Boy, is that scenario familiar….
Merry Christmas (pipe) to all!
Linwood, I’d like to see what pipes were under your tree!
Great video! Happy Holidays!
Thanks, Gary–same to you!
A very Happy Christmas to you all. Belatedly writing this after a day visiting family. No smoking at all whilst there, but a fine pipeful on the return journey.
Lovely article and I’ve just started watching the video – excellent. Will resume later this evening and be happy to share with folk. Good to hear the voice behind the words.
The cartoon is perfect. Can this be shared with folk over here or is there copyright? I am sure they would love it.
Good wishes for the new year.
Hi Steven, glad you enjoyed the video. Yes, do share the cartoon. Ralle Perera’s name is attached to it, but he’s given his permission.
Merry Christmas Mark (and all the Pete family).
There are not many pipe smokers “here abouts”, but I plug the book, and the blog when I get the chance. I also plug thispipelife.com when I get the chance…..see how I did that;). Happy Holidays all.
I just spent some time at thispipelife.com–great forum! One of those folks, I believe, I’ve seen in a Pipes & Tobaccos article (or cover), haven’t I?
Thank you for posting the presentation. It was almost like being at the pipe show I could not attend.
I really love the two pipes
109 B 1 1/2”
122 B 1 1/2”
And to a lesser extent, the 202 S 1 1/2”.
My pleasure, sir. Yes, I’m not surprised you like those nose-warmer Patents!
Happy Christmas to all!
And thank you, Mark, for posting the video presentation, an unexpected Christmas gift to us.
Best wishes for the coming year!
Hmm, I have not seen the person you may have seen on Pipes & Tobaccos cover at thispipelife.com. I only received one magazine before it went “bust”. Now I am curious whom is famous?
I believe it is the gent with the tats on his arms, but I’m not finding the issue. It was an article about thispipelife.com, if I remember aright.
Wow! I really enjoyed getting to know Charles Peterson and the company a bit better. Thanks Mark. I hope you had a nice Christmas.
I have Marlowe–in my universe it’s only the 3rd day of Christmas, with 9 more to go, so yeah, it’s lovely. Hope yours was wonderful, too.
Am quite tempted to try Nap stems on my Petersons. Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation!
Charles you should try that. I am very pleased with mine.
You’re so welcome, and glad you enjoyed it!