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380. Peterson’s 2024 26th St. Patrick’s Day Drop: The System Again Joins the Green Parade

By Jason Canady

On Tuesday, January 16th at 6 p.m. eastern standard time, Kapp and Peterson will release their annual St. Patrick’s Day pipe. It’s been exactly 350 days since Peterson’s special 25th anniversary edition was released with the first-ever addition of their Irish tweed pipe bags, but who’s counting? It’s me, I was counting.

Knowing I’m a long-time collector of St. Patrick’s Day pipes, Mark Irwin asked if I would cover this year’s release and I’m honored to do so. “Bless his heart” as we say here in the south.

I’m glad you’re here. We won’t deep dive into the history of Peterson’s St. Patrick’s Day pipes, as that has already been covered quite well by chief Pete Geek – Professor Irwin [but you can see Jason’s complete collection here].

We’ll look at this year’s SPD pipe offerings from Kapp and Peterson and hear from Glen Whelan, Peterson’s Director of Sales about the latest release and what makes this year’s release special.

Finally, we’ll look at some interesting facts about St. Patrick himself and origins of the holiday you may be surprised to learn.

It’s January, the time Peterson usually drops their highly collectible and much anticipated SPD line. You may feel like it’s a wee bit early to look ahead for St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday will be here before you know it and soon it will be time to “step to the Green!”

For the 2024 release of its St. Patrick’s Day pipe, Peterson of Dublin will offer this year’s line in the classic system range in five finishes: Smooth, Ebony, Heritage, Sandblasted and Rusticated. Most likely the price points will be in that order, from highest to lowest. The suggested retail price is $125-$185.

As you may recall, the first and only time to date the SPD line joined the system pipe was in 2019 with their “The System Goes Green,” slogan. The idea of turning a smooth-finished system pipe green for the holiday pipe belonged to Glen Whelan Jr., Peterson’s Director of Sales. The idea was a big hit.

This year’s release brings back the system with a historic first-time ever acrylic emerald green army mount with an acrylic p-lip stem.

This Ebony 302 Apple looks smartly dressed and ready to step to the green with its black coat and green collar. To my knowledge, this is the first time in the SPD’s history the Ebony finish has been offered.

“For the first time we have used an acrylic mount on a pipe,” says Whelan. We wanted to offer something novel for this year’s release and decided to go with something that we haven’t done previously.”

I asked Whelan if there was a concern of long-time durability for the cap being made of acrylic rather than the traditional nickel or silver band.

“I absolutely believe it’s durable. The method of manufacturing is similar to how we apply the ring accents that you see on a series like Killarney, or even last year’s SPD and we know those series are really durable. I have no durability concerns over the acrylic mount.”

Whelan says the manufacturing of this type of cap is different from their traditional method of a nickel or silver mount.

The shank end is turned down to allow the acrylic mount to sit over it,
much as a traditional nickel or sterling ferrule would.
Note also the tenon has been rounded, allowing for less turbulent airflow.

“We actually turn the bowl shank down on these to create a “step” for the acrylic mount to sit on. Once we have it fitted, we will then paper the mount and shank so that they are flush together.”

The 314 (top) and 317 (bottom) Systems have become some of my personal favorites. I’ve observed there’s been a shift of favor towards smaller pipes these days by many pipe smokers.

If you’ve never had a 313, the little brother to the 309, like its big brother, it’s a flake smoking beast.

 

The amazing rustication of Wojciech Blaszczak makes another welcome appearance.

The stain chosen for the smooth (312 pictured above) is a warm rich ruby color that allows a hint of grain to come through.

 

Last year the 25th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day pipe saw Peterson step their pipe-sleeve game to a higher level by offering a custom tweed bag made from Donegal wool. The bag was offered only with the smooth and sandblasted finishes.

I must confess when I read about the wool bag, I was concerned about the wool scratching the finish of the pipe. However, my concerns were relieved when I purchased a pipe and saw the outside may be wool, but the inside had a nicely sewn soft black cloth for the interior.

This year’s release will also include the genuine Donegal tweed sleeve for the Smooth, Ebony and Sandblast finished pipes which are individually stamped and numbered for a total of 1,600.

Whelan says the company loves the bags and partnership they created with their traditional Irish business who custom makes the sleeves just for them.

“The tweed bag is something we are really excited about. The attraction of this tweed bag to us as a company is really about tradition,” says Whelan. “When I look at our factory floor many of the processes are the same as they were 150 odd years ago and it’s the same for the woolen mills that produce the tweed. So, whilst we are very different companies in terms of what we manufacture, it’s great that we are two long-standing Irish customers upholding traditional manufacturing methods.”

I love the tweed bags myself and they create a nice high-end touch that will also protect my investment for many years. The bags are well-crafted and to me are worth purchasing a pipe just to get the bag. Plus, one can never go wrong with a system. Each with an acrylic stem, Peterson states every traditional shape in the system line will be offered, so your favorite system shape should be available.

Whelan says they are very thankful to the Peterson faithful and excited about the future.

“Thank you for your support in the past, present, and hopefully the future. We’ve many exciting releases planned for this year, not least the Pipe of the Year which I am super excited about!”

 

The 2024 Saint Patrick’s Day pipes will go on sale Tuesday,
January 16 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Smokingpipes.com

 

 

Stained-glass window of St. Patrick from Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Junction City, Ohio, United States

An interesting fact about St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.

Most know about the legend of Patrick using a shamrock to explain the holy trinity, “three leaves form one clover” and running snakes out of Ireland, an obvious metaphor regarding pagans, but did you know he brewed beer?

We’ve heard the story, Padraig was mostly likely from the Great Britain area, was kidnapped and forced into slavery and taken to Ireland when he was around age 16. He escaped and returned to Ireland to bring Christ’s salvation, love, and forgiveness to Ireland.

According to New York Times Best-selling author Stephen Mansfield, author of In Search of God and Guinness, Patrick brought beer with him too.

Mansfield says Patrick traveled with an assistant that was a brewmaster. When Patrick entered a village or home to evangelize, he also brought fresh beer.

Food and clean water were always an issue in those days, especially to the poor. Beer helped by providing both for the body. Evangelizing isn’t about just bringing a spiritual message; Patrick knew to also meet their physical needs. Plus, sharing a beer is a great ice breaker and opens the door for conversation.

The first “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” was in America not Ireland.

Surprise! Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been “observing” the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17.

However, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration took place not in Ireland, but in America.

Records show that a St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1601 in a Spanish colony in what is now St. Augustine, Florida. The parade, and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration a year earlier were organized by the Spanish Colony’s Irish vicar Ricardo Artur.

More than a century later, homesick Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched in New York City on March 17, 1772, to honor the Irish patron saint. Enthusiasm for the St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City, Boston and other early American cities only grew from there.

Over the next 35 years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called “Irish Aid” societies like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

In 1848, several New York Irish Aid societies decided to unite their parades to form one official New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Today, that parade is the world‘s oldest civilian parade and the largest in the United States, with over 150,000 participants. Each year, nearly 3 million people line the 1.5-mile parade route to watch the procession, which takes more than five hours.

Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Savannah also celebrate the day with parades involving between 10,000 and 20,000 participants each. This is according to History.com’s “History of Saint Patrick.”

Speaking of Boston, Mass.

Records show the state of Massachusetts has more Irish citizens than any other state in the U.S. A fun fact you may not know is on March 17, 1776, British forces were forced to evacuate Boston following General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights, which overlooks the city from the south.

Realizing their position was now indefensible, 11,000 British troops and some 1,000 Loyalists departed Boston by ship on March 17, sailing to the safety of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Did you notice the date? The British soldiers evacuated the U.S. by Boston harbor on March 17. This should be a national American holiday, but few Americans even know of this event in U.S. history. That’s because Boston is full of Irish who love their St. Patrick’s holiday. This historic date has been overshadowed by the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Boston. Behind New York, Boston leads the second biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in America. They say Savannah’s celebration follows a close third.

Savannah, Georgia Loves St. Patrick’s Day.

I can vouch for the celebration in Savannah where I lived for five years. Participating in the holiday event planted a seed of love in my heart for the holiday that has grown and flourished over the years.

The city of Savannah is full of Irish Americans and Irish descendants, and they take the holiday very seriously. I remember meeting two Irish girls who had just traveled from Dublin to celebrate in Savannah. Dumbfounded, I asked them “why?”

“We celebrate it there, but it’s nothing like here,” they said.

 Happy (early) St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Jason Canady, CPG
is a writer, graphic designer and educator from Fayetteville, North Carolina and a Certified Pete Geek. His large and rare collection of St. Patrick’s Day pipes have been featured on Peterson Pipe Notes. This is the third time Canady has contributed as a writer to Peterson Pipe Notes.

References

https://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day

Brits pulled out of boston March 17
https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/british-evacuate-boston

https://www.infobae.com/en/2022/03/17/st-patrick-the-religious-who-brought-catholicism-to-ireland-and-why-he-toasts-himself-in-his-day-with-beer/

With thanks to Laudisi Enterprises
and Kapp & Peterson for media materials
and photography samples

* MARK: The  V.P.B. (“Vulcanite Push Bit”) of the early 1950s is similar in conception to the new acrylic mount. As I have not examined one in person, I am uncertain whether the V.P.B. was a solid, attached piece with a morse-tapered mortise, or whether it was a cap like the new mount. It was certainly beautiful:

 

 

The Chicago International Pipe & Tobacciana Show, the world’s greatest pipe show, will be held April 11th-14th 2024. This year’s show is being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, which is about 5 minutes from the airport. Hotel booking is available HERE.  Tim Garrity, the Chicago Pipe Club’s president, talked to Brian Levine at PipesMagazine Radio HERE in a recent podcast.

I’ll be giving a presentation, “ ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own’: Pipe Smoking & the Contemplative Lifestyle,” on Friday at 3pm to launch my new book, The X Pipe & Other Mystagogic Stories for the Pipe Smoker.

There will be a Pete Geek Meet and we’re planning a Swap & Sell. I encourage you to come and share pipes, good fellowship, Portillo’s hotdogs and more—there’s nothing like it!

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Sébastien Canévet
Sébastien Canévet
1 month ago

Hi Mark,
Thanks for these words. An acrylic mount is certainly an odd idea, but why not.
Please tell me how someone can buy your new book.
All the best

John Schantz, CPG
John Schantz, CPG
1 month ago

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, the one in Butte, Montana has to be near the top. ?

Michael Mikropoulos
Michael Mikropoulos
1 month ago

Thanks Jason and Mark for another great Sunday reading with all this interesting information about St. Patrick and his day! Unfortunately in Greece we have nothing to do with St. Patrick and I’m one of the few who celebrate this day. Nevertheless, every year I think we are getting more and more… As for the new pipe, I think the more I look at it the more I like it. I don’t have the enthusiasm of last year, but an ebony 314 will definitely be mine on Tuesday!

Jason Canady
Jason Canady
1 month ago

Hey Michael, one man can make a difference! Spread the cheer and you may start something! -Jason

James Augustino
James Augustino
1 month ago

Thank you M.R. Jason, This is why I Love this blog it is always so well done. I know I don’t opine very often, but always keep a close watch on the new posts. Besides its helped me score some pretty nice Pete’s, I have to say though, your SPD collection humbled me, the grain on most of those just made me happy, especially on the price point of the line that make them all the more special. So yea, Tuesday cant come soon enough, I have a lot of flake with some good age on it so the 313… Read more »

Jason Canady
Jason Canady
1 month ago

Thank you James, any of those three shapes would love your flakes. I use them for flakes all the time.

Erik R
Erik R
1 month ago

This year’s SPD is getting some serious negative heat on social media and the forums. I personally like it. Is it classy as last year’s offering? I would say no but I look at the SPD and Halloween pipes as a chance for Peterson to do something different and fun. I am exactly 0% Irish however green is my favorite color so I always look forward to the SPD release because I know there will be green involved. I’ll be looking for a 313 preferably in the sandblast finish.

Erik R
Erik R
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik R

Well I was there for the drop and no sandblast 313! So I ended up with #11 a smooth 312. Just a few days and it’ll be at the house!

Paolo
Paolo
1 month ago

Why the acrylic stem and not ebonite?

Nevaditude
Nevaditude
1 month ago

Jason, truly outstanding work on this week’s blog! Thank you for all you shared. ?? I must sadly confess as a retired US History teacher, the date of the Red Coat’s & Loyalist’s departure from Boston had never previously connected with Saint Patrick. Yet, it does appear, once again, t’was a driving out the snakes! Bringing of the beer ?, especially a good one like Guinness as a way to prepare one’s audience to hear the gospel could possibly lead to revival these cities with strong St. Paddy traditions. I seriously hope some churches try it, as we are in… Read more »

Brandon
Brandon
1 month ago

Thanks Jason for the great article. Normally I like my Petes to have shiny mounts, but I really like the look of the green acrylic with the rusticated finish. Perhaps a 313 or 317 will find its way home.

Bob Sievers
Bob Sievers
1 month ago

What an interesting change in look. I had to look at the acrylic collar a bit before I decided it was right for a new look. I especially like it with the black ebony…

Hank Lawrence
Hank Lawrence
1 month ago

Well done Jason, great article and interesting information!

Jason Canady
Jason Canady
1 month ago
Reply to  Hank Lawrence

Thanks my friend

Chris Streeper
Chris Streeper
1 month ago

Thank you so much Mark and Jason for a fantastic read. Knowing that you will be there to give a presentation on such an interesting topic and that there will be a CPG swap/sell gathering, I went ahead and booked a room for the Chicago Pipe Show. I’m very excited, is this will be my first time to attend the Chicago show. As for St. Patrick’s Day, we have a pretty good pair of parades here in Northeast Ohio. Akron hosts a parade on the Saturday preceding March 17th, while Cleveland hosts a larger parade on St. Patrick’s Day! Being… Read more »

Christopher LAUER
Christopher LAUER
1 month ago

Wonderful article Jason and your SPD collection is unsurpassed!! I know I’m in the minority with this statement but I honestly think the green mount looks best to my eye in the rusticated finish this year. Too bad the rusticated pipes don’t come with the tweed sock as I am a big fan of these. It is a new year (Orthodox New Year is today) and time for some new Petes. Decisions, decisions….

Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Irwin

Thanks Mark, it’s a long holiday season at my house. Icons are also a large part of our life. Easter is the big holiday for my wife and the midnight (all night) service.

Mike Austin CPG
Mike Austin CPG
1 month ago

Hi Mark,
I have been waiting for this drop.
The SPD sandblast 03 I saw at the factory really sparked me on my SPD collection.
Johnathan did not tell me they were going to make so many finishes.
Nice article, keep up the good work.
Mike

Linwood
Linwood
1 month ago

Superb Collection, Jason! Superb dedication!
re the statement concerning smaller pipes – I protest!
Of course, nature is a circle (Pi), so everything travels as such, but I still prefer larger bowls (a curmudgeon, I am).
And, I definitely look forward to the CPS, your talk, AND the X Pipe! AND, gentlemen, at the Pete Meet and Swap, please bring the pipes I’ve been looking for 🙂

Jason Canady
Jason Canady
1 month ago
Reply to  Linwood

That’s one of the wonderful things about pipes, they are so personal to the piper. I don’t have the time for a big bowl myself.

Marlowe
Marlowe
1 month ago

An entertaining and educational post today Jason – thank you Mark for it’s inclusion.

SPD pipes: love the celebration and tradition; can’t get into green in any amount on a pipe – even with a tweed bag.

Now, the tweed pipe bags; I can TOTALLY get into that. I hope they might include them with other special drops or maybe for purchase on their own down the road.

Alvin Miller
Alvin Miller
1 month ago

Great article Jason and thanks to both you and Mark for the great information. Funny thing, but I thought the Heritage finish looked really nice but no tweed sock? Interesting. I ended up going with the Sandblast 314, as I have definitely been gravitating toward smaller pipes as of late. And I get the sock.