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364. A Tour of the Deansgrange Factory with Ralle Perera

This morning Ralle Perera, CPG, presents photos of the Deansgrange factory from a guided tour hosted by K&P craftsman Austin Quinlan in August. Ralle writes, “the Guinness was good, the people were friendly and the city’s history exciting!” Ralle certainly earned his Pilgrimage to Peterson merit badge (seen above) for this.

Many thanks to Ralle and to K&P for their kind permission
to reproduce these photographs.

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The Pete Geek Pipe of the Year
XL5BC / PPN 2023
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Expect your purchase code before
the end of the month!

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Ashdigger
Ashdigger
4 months ago

What a cool post. Great photos.

Really looking forward to POY Invoice Code

Lester Mills
Lester Mills
4 months ago

Wow ? You see the working processes and logistics that are needed for a Worldwide brand like Peterson…thanks for sharing this tour with us ?????????????

Gaz
Gaz
4 months ago

How cool is that.

Matthew Webb
Matthew Webb
4 months ago

I am hopeful a visit to the factory can be arranged next year when we go to Ireland.

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
4 months ago

Ralle, what an amazing trip/tour that must have been!! Unfortunately, that is one merit badge I will never attain. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us CPG’s.

John Schantz, CPG
John Schantz, CPG
4 months ago

Thanks for the tour??

That XL5BC PPN 2023 trailer is a good looking pipe, nice blast and that short tapered stem brings the shape to life for me. The finish is ok, it doesn’t “pop” like a Rua or Iora, but it’s nicer than plain shiny black blast or some of the other “caked on” looking finishes. I still think that a shallow Arklow rim would have really set it apart. Thanks for all your hard work Mark.

Chuck P
Chuck P
4 months ago

Agreed, the plain black stain does nothing to bring the DeLuxe blast to life.

John Schantz, CPG
John Schantz, CPG
4 months ago

Thanks for the tour Ralle, and Mark??

Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Nice impressions.

Martin
Martin
4 months ago

Looking forward to the XL5BC it´s a shape I don`t have jet.

Sébastien Canévet
Sébastien Canévet
4 months ago

Thanks for sharing these photos with us ! Well done !

Erik R
Erik R
4 months ago

Great photos. Really cool seeing the unfinished Draculas lacking the stain and bend on the stem. Some day I will make the trip, wife wants to go to Europe at some point and I’m sure I could persuade her into visiting Peterson. Looking forward to the XL5BC as well!

Henry Lawrence
Henry Lawrence
4 months ago

Great story was there myself along with Richard Maer from PSOI. Got photos as well and would glad to share them if you want…?

Warren Paige Simms
Warren Paige Simms
4 months ago

I suppose the ‘black spots’ on the stummels are fixed fills. Lol. Fantastic article. THANKS

Justinhb
Justinhb
4 months ago

Outstanding! Thank you for sharing with the community! I hope I can get in a visit to the factory when I retire and pick up my pilgrimage merit badge..Def. can’t wait to get a POY code, even though I am on the wait list…?

Chuck P
Chuck P
4 months ago
Reply to  Justinhb

I’m also hoping I’m one of the lucky few on the waitlist! Good luck friend!

Mark
Mark
4 months ago

Love the PPN2023 pipe!

Dan B
Dan B
4 months ago

Very cool, thank you!

Stephen Wilson
Stephen Wilson
4 months ago

A trip to Ireland to visit Peterson, Guiness, and Waterford is on our bucket list. I was actually in Dublin when I was in the Navy in ’71, but I was young and silly, so all I did was drink Guiness for three days. Never got back, but I kick myself for not taking more advantage of the free travel.

Any news on the PPN2023 wait list?

Ralle Perera
Ralle Perera
4 months ago

Wow. I am honoured!
Glad that l can contribute to this fine ”paper”
Well, it was a very nice trip. I even visited the shop at Nassau street (yes, l got a pipe).
The best thing?
A pint of Guinness in snug (the small room you often find in Irish pubs) and chatting with friends and my wife.

Kindly from Ralle P

Ralle Perera
Ralle Perera
4 months ago

The sad thing…
Everywhere in Europe you see the green plain tobacco packaging Plain tobacco packaging (generic, neutral, standardised or homogeneous packaging…

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton
4 months ago

Ralle, I am so envious of your pilgrimage to Peterson! Wow, what a treat, and that’s one merit badge to be proud of amongst us Pete Geeks. I sure would love to have that Myford lathe in my shop 🙂 Mark, thanks for bringing Ralle’s “field trip” to the pages of PPN for all to enjoy.

Erik Billing
Erik Billing
4 months ago

The Mecca for Peterson aficionados one day I will make it there Thank You So Much for sharing!!!!!!!!!

Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
Bob Cuccaro/TLIP
4 months ago

Love the PPN ! Can’t wait to eventually visit Ireland and hopefully get a tour 🙂

Nevaditude
Nevaditude
4 months ago

WOW o’ wow! ?
Ralle ~ thank you for bringing us along. Wonderful! I truly hope to make it there & tour the new factory someday, AND, like you, I also would purchase a pipe at the store to commemorate the pilgrimage.??Thanks for the many great pics & to Mark for passing ’em along to CPG’s!

Linwood
Linwood
4 months ago

Wonderful pictures! I have to stop looking at the pipes tho’! I noted a few shapes….stop it! As a former industrial engineer, the factory is important to me. Industrial (sorry, guys, it IS an industry) operations were my joy, if that can be believed. And as I worked in a factory – actually a bunch of them – that were commissioned in as early as 1928 – to newer ones built in the 1990’s – I can observe many things, ancient to modern. Did you notice all of those beautifully sandblasted bowls? My oh My – stopit! Blessings to those… Read more »

Linwood
Linwood
4 months ago

One question: what does the factory do with all of the sawdust? I could offer a few suggestions….

romaso
romaso
4 months ago

Thanks for posting the photos. Is that Tony Whelan in the 13th photo down, in the white shirt with the stripes? I thought he’d retired?

Dwain Dunn
Dwain Dunn
4 months ago

Fantastic! Love the photos, thanks for sharing!

Marlowe
Marlowe
4 months ago

Great set of photos. Thanks Ralle.

Christopher
Christopher
4 months ago

Are they all spoken for?

Rick Myerscough
Rick Myerscough
4 months ago

I love the tour… it was really nice to see lots of hands on the instruments as they are being made. Reminds me of the Martin Guitar Tour I took earlier in the year. The instruments were smaller in this case and the shelves were smaller too. In both factories it was nice seeing young people interested in the craft. I wonder… could you smell the different woods as you walked around? I believe it would be similar as well.
Thank you for the tour…
Blessings,
Rick