Beannachtai na Casca Oraibh!
Happy Easter to all!
The demi-churchwarden Bard will be released this Tuesday, 19th April at SPC, but also through Laudisi, so that it will be available worldwide. In concept, execution and usability I think it’s going to be welcomed by everyone in the hobby who’s looking for something fun, something just a bit different and something just a bit Hobbitish. *
I like the light tan stain on the stamping area of the rusticated finish—it gives a little surprise to the pipe you might not see online.
The stamps on the Heritage finish follow current protocol, with the beautiful, classic fork-tail Peterson’s over DUBLIN (arched) over BARD on the obverse of the shank.
I wanted to call attention to the nickel ferrule. Aside from the usual (since c. 1963 or so) K&P over PETERSON nickel-mount Maker’ Mark, if you look at the low-light photo above you can see that there is a hint of turn-down of the ferrule where it meets the mortise shank. I hadn’t noticed this before and perhaps this has been present for quite a while now, but I like it. It creates a cleaner transition to the briar.
Josh Burgess, Managing Director at K&P, told me a new stem was created for the Bard. For those who find the churchwarden too awkward or difficult to smoke (among whom, sadly, I must count myself), the Bard is a great size. Unbent, the acrylic F/T stem measures 135 mm or 5.25″. The slot in the button and the tenon opening are both well-executed. With extreme close-up photograph, you can see a bit of the tearaway fibers left after the stems are made. These are easily swept away with a bristle cleaner or your tube brush.
Adding the full-size 68 bowl lengthens the pipe to 184 mm / 7.25″ or to the 303 or 221 6.8″ / 172mm. That’s approximate, of course, depending on the stem bend. The greater the bend, of course, the less felt weight if you need to clench the pipe for a few moments. Clenching is quite possible because none of the three shapes is very heavy.
Every time a great new electronic Peterson poster like this comes out, the teenager in me
wants a big one to hang in my room.
With the last several line entries in the catalog, it’s becoming obvious that just as the Dublin era utilized geographical place names like Irish rivers and cities, the Laudisi era is turning to the Irish language. “Bard” in Irish (for poet) is actually bhard. Maybe K&P just didn’t want to go there with its distributors and the smoking public. Would Pete Geeks have minded? Hardly. We’ve all got our copies of the Foclóir Póca next to our pipe racks anyway, never knowing when we’ll need it to talk to our pipes.
Josh tells me the Bard is a larger release than the Iora and Rua Spigots, though still limited. MSRP is $120 for the 221 and 303 and $135 for the 68, so expect this to be quite affordable as well as a lot of fun to smoke.
The Phoenix, a special 9mm line for The Pipe Nook, appeared a few weeks ago now. Many thanks to PG Irregular Chris Lauer for spotting this one and forwarding it to me. Special lines made for pipe shops and internet retailers have always been something K&P does and I wish we saw more of them, but too often they go unnoticed and we end up without a record of them. I’ve been surprised at the inroads 9mm pipes have been making here in the US as well as other parts of the world. If you have any thoughts on its surging popularity in the US or other parts of the world (outside of Germany, where they still rule), please let everyone know in the comments section below.
Sherlock Junior. Stummels for the Baskerville and Watson from the Sherlock Holmes Junior Collection of the late 1980s and early 90s were discovered in the factory in late 2021 and released through SPC on January 28th, 2022 in very small numbers.
The SH Junior Collection, according to Paddy Larrigan at K&P, was made for distribution in markets where pipemen thought the SH pipes too large. The 1990s were a transitional era in pipe sizes, and as has been so often the case in Peterson history, the company was on the leading edge, pushing for larger pipes. Not wanting to lose out on all the Sherlock Holmes fans in Europe and elsewhere who didn’t enjoy such large bowls, Paddy resized each of the shapes in the Original Collection. We were extremely blessed in making the book that co-author Gary Malmberg had an extensive list of contacts. He found a boxed set of the SH Juniors in Argentina, of all places, and had it shipped to the US so that we could photograph it for the book.
Thanks to Andy, Kaz and Josh at Laudisi & K&P
for their help and photos.
* And don’t forget, there’s a new Tolkien series debuting this fall: The Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power debuts on Prime Video September 2nd. Bring your own pipe.
The text and illustrations for the new edition of Pipe Smoking in Middle Earth, I might add, are finished and have been passed along to my designer. She will begin typesetting and layout this week. It should be available by late May or early June, well before the new show debuts.
Молись за Україну
Pray for Ukraine
Good morning. I piced up a 303 Sterling one morning in Dublin Airport. First, when home I noticed it was a 9 mm pipe. I am a Dane and not a German so no smoking on that one.
What a shame… but you can remove the filter. I do that on one of my estate Sherlock Holmes collection pipe.
Another greats words, Mark. I’ll send a photography of my three different “original”, the normal pipe, the Junior and the “Discover”. Someone will notice the size of the bowl is different on each pipe.
Thanks, Sebastien! I’ll be in touch shortly.
Mark, congratulations on the great bio Chuck Stanion just did on you over at SPC. Gosh, and Fred Brown just did his monthly article on Peterson at Pipes Magazine. Peterson is getting a lotta love these days.
Thank you, Eric. It was a great honor for me. Chuck Stanion is my favorite pipe-writer and it was great to share with him all things Peterson!
What a nice rendering for a church warden pipe. Peterson obviously had their ear to the ground right now, as evidenced by the great limited release pipes they are producing.
I was completely unaware of the Phoenix for the Pipe Nook. I would definitely purchase one if still available in one of my usual dhape numbers. I love a good orange stemmed briar.
Another excellent read sir. I will be looking forward to your upcoming Tolkien coverage.
Thanks, Chris. Hope my designer (wife) is reading these comments. LOL. She likes the Phoenix, too!
I like the looks of the Bard, especially the stem – maybe they took advantage of some of the set-up for creating the 2021 POY stem?
That’s a good question. Makes me wonder if we might not see some tapered “B” stems on our Systems this year? Hmmm. That would be awesome.
Man, that would be amazing!
I just ordered a Heritage 69 from SmokingPipes.EU, as this shape wasn’t available in the US. Can’t wait. The grain doesn’t show in the pics, but my Heritage 2021 POY had really great grain that was obvious in hand, but not so much in the SmokingPipes photos.
What a great way to start Easter Sunday with a post about a new Peterson pipe release. Thanks for the heads up Mark. I was fortunate enough to acquire one of each shape of the SH Junior’s back in January and also a gold banded Original from Deadman’s a couple weeks ago. I really like the size of these pipes. Happy Easter to all.
Happy Easter, Chris! Can’t believe you have the whole set of the Juniors. Now I need to get you to post on them for us…. !
Mark, On a completely unrelated topic, I just re-watched “And He Sent for His Pipe” and learned again in this issue, that Peterson makes “Special” pipes. As a CPG (I don’t know how many of us exist) I wonder why we don’t have our own Peterson Special. As the resident Doctor of Peterson Pipes, you should select the style, size, finish, et cetera. However, I think it should have the one thing that sets Peterson apart from all other pipes, a stem with a P-lip. Also, maybe, a numbered set; ’cause numbers always drive collectors mad. My current personal favorite… Read more »
Well done, it would be a wonderful idea, a special pipe for us, the CPG 🙂
I would by a special CPG pipe
So that’s 4 of us and I really like “the CPG” idea, Sebastien. “CPG” it is!!
I’m in too!
Thanks, Stephen, for the kind words, and Happy Easter to you as well! I hadn’t seriously thought of a PPN pipe until the 10th anniversary in 2024, but now… maybe now IS a good time? I’ll ask everyone in the next post.
The Bard is a great concept for Peterson. The Savinelli half churchwarden types such as Clark’s Favorite and Ginger’s Favorite have been a big hit in my store for years so I suspect Peterson took a page from Sav’s book on that size and ran with it. For whatever reason it is a great concept.
That’s fascinating, Doug. Have your customers ever remarked on their smoking qualities? It’s a great size, I agree. My only hesitation is how severely hot the churchwarden has always smoked for me–and I’d have thought it would smoke cool. Hmm.
I was surprised at how hot the 2021 POY smoked. I mentioned this to a couple of friends who have them, and they found the same to be true. I don’t mind – it’s a great smoker, but it’s curious. The prices these things are bringing on the aftermarket are insane, so despite some issues, it’s been a very popular pipe.
This is a surprise to me. I smoke my two POYs all the time and they smoke even better than my “normal” 309 / 4s pipes. Maybe I’ve just developed a high tolerance for the shape over the decades. LOL. I haven’t seen any on eBay that resold for more than retail, so you’ve seen some elsewhere, I gather.
Doug, I have yet to attend a Kitsap meeting – I’ll bring my new Bard to the May meeting. As far as I know, you are the only member that I have met.
I just noticed that SmokingPipes US, and this blog, mentions the 303, 221 and 68, but not the 69 that’s being sold at SmokingPipes.EU. I wonder if that was a typo and I actually will be receiving a 68?
Scott, no, I have a 68 on my desk here as well as the 221 and 303. The 69 is only available from SPEu. Pretty awesome.
Now looking at the blown up image, I see the ’69’ stamp. If they had a ‘Natural’, either smooth or blasted, I’d probably have grabbed one of those as well.
I would like to report the bard 221 has arrived and handles flake and burley real nicely 🙂
Sweet! I’m saving / selling pipes for the Chicago show, so I’d best hold off, for now… sob.
I will miss this turn because I bought a Iora and it was rather expensive. And finally a Dublin shape is on it´s way to companion me .
The Heritage 69 Bard arrived today. Much darker finish than the 2021 Heritage POY. It’s a really nice-looking pipe. I was surprised to see that the ferrule is longer (and thinner?) than the other Bard shapes…just in case that influences some of you to head over to SP EU to grab one.
Fascinatin’, Scott. Send me a pic so I can revise the Bard post to include shape 69?
While scrolling through the bard offerings I noticed Peterson is offering the shape 69 in the bard line though the shape was not listed among their initial release.
I think, Jason, this was solely through SPEu. ?