404. Fathering the Peterson Flame: Al Rosenfield’s 1987 Pilgrimage to Peterson

Left to Right, September 1987: Jimmy Nicholson (CEO), Tony Dempsey (Director of Sales), Al Rosenfield (Pete Geek), Paddy Larrigan (Factory Manager) Lá na nAithreacha sona duit! Grattis på farsdagen! Glücklicher Vatertag! Joyeuse Fête des Pères! Buona Festa del Papà! С ДНЕМ ПАПЫ! З Днем Батька! Šťastný Den Otců! Happy Father’s Day! Let me extend a “Happy Father’s Day” to every father today, knowing that many countries celebrate on a different day than we do here ...

403. Two More DIY Studies Using Iron Vinegar Dye: A 309 Standard and a 307 Premier System

Back at the end of October in Post #367 I finally came out of the closet and told the world I love Ebony Petes.  It wasn’t an easy decision but my therapist said it would be for the best.  What he didn’t tell me was how much he charged for that enlightenment or how susceptible I’d be to adding more Ebony Petes to my rotation. Sometimes it's best not to know these things. During the ...

402. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Irish Free State Reproduction 411 Ringed Bullcap and 3085 Panel Drop Today @ 6pm EST!

SPECIAL BULLETIN: Two vintage shapes dating from the Irish Free State era (1922-1928) drop at 6pm EST tomorrow at Smokingpipes.com, Friday (I think) at Smokingpipes.eu, and are either already available at your local Authorized Pete Dealer or soon will be. The Ringed Bullcap from the c. 1925 Phillipp Weiss & Söhne trifold brochure, Vienna The 411, or "Ringed Bullcap" as it is officially named in the 1947 Shape Chart, first appeared in the ...

401. On The Road To Emerald City (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bend)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS The X Pipe is now available at Smokingpipes.com. If you've read it, do consider leaving a review there or on your favorite forums and social media platforms. PSA: Last call for the Pete Geek Leather Pipe Rest! I can't get over the Celtic Shamrock--well done, Nate. (see end of post for ordering) ON THE ROAD TO EMERALD CITY (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BEND) ...

400. A Look Back to My 2009 Peterson Pilgrimage on the Occasion of the Blog’s 10th Anniversary

 PSA: PETE GEEK EVENT The Nate Lynn CPG Leather Pipe Stand See end of post for details The 10th anniversary of Peterson Pipe Notes is this very day, and I used it to say goodbye to my all-time favorite shape, the 4 /309.  The blog came about, as I’ve said a thousand times (that’s pronounced “TAO-send” since we speak Irish here), because I kept discovering information that could never be squeezed into ...

401. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Peterson Pipe of the Year Archive Collection DROPS tomorrow!

“A celebration of Peterson’s legacy of pipe making and creative innovation, the Pipe of the Year Archive Collection comprises an array of historic PoY shapes from years past, available in limited quantities and various finishes. Each pipe bears a commemorative ‘Archive’ stamp denoting its place in the collection.” "These will be available at Smokingpipes beginning ~1:00 pm ET May 22." "Shapes:
  • 2000 (B13) - Rusticated
  • 2002 (B15) - Smooth
  • 2010 (B43) - Rusticated
  • ...
  • 404. Fathering the Peterson Flame: Al Rosenfield’s 1987 Pilgrimage to Peterson

    Left to Right, September 1987: Jimmy Nicholson (CEO), Tony Dempsey (Director of Sales), Al Rosenfield (Pete Geek), Paddy Larrigan (Factory Manager) Lá na nAithreacha sona duit! Grattis på farsdagen! Glücklicher Vatertag! Joyeuse Fête des Pères! Buona Festa del Papà! С ДНЕМ ПАПЫ! З Днем Батька! Šťastný Den Otců! Happy Father’s Day! Let me extend a “Happy Father’s Day” to every father today, knowing that many countries celebrate on a different day than we do here in the US. Fathering—whether biological or nurturing, mentoring or providing—is...
  • 403. Two More DIY Studies Using Iron Vinegar Dye: A 309 Standard and a 307 Premier System

    Back at the end of October in Post #367 I finally came out of the closet and told the world I love Ebony Petes.  It wasn’t an easy decision but my therapist said it would be for the best.  What he didn’t tell me was how much he charged for that enlightenment or how susceptible I’d be to adding more Ebony Petes to my rotation. Sometimes it's best not to know these things. During the course...
  • 402. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Irish Free State Reproduction 411 Ringed Bullcap and 3085 Panel Drop Today @ 6pm EST!

    SPECIAL BULLETIN: Two vintage shapes dating from the Irish Free State era (1922-1928) drop at 6pm EST tomorrow at Smokingpipes.com, Friday (I think) at Smokingpipes.eu, and are either already available at your local Authorized Pete Dealer or soon will be. The Ringed Bullcap from the c. 1925 Phillipp Weiss & Söhne trifold brochure, Vienna The 411, or "Ringed Bullcap" as it is officially named in the 1947 Shape Chart, first appeared in the big trifold brochure from...
  • 401. On The Road To Emerald City (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bend)

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS The X Pipe is now available at Smokingpipes.com. If you've read it, do consider leaving a review there or on your favorite forums and social media platforms. PSA: Last call for the Pete Geek Leather Pipe Rest! I can't get over the Celtic Shamrock--well done, Nate. (see end of post for ordering)   ON THE ROAD TO EMERALD CITY (OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BEND) by D. H. Billings May 6th, 2024. I am (foolishly) working at the...
  • 400. A Look Back to My 2009 Peterson Pilgrimage on the Occasion of the Blog’s 10th Anniversary

     PSA: PETE GEEK EVENT The Nate Lynn CPG Leather Pipe Stand See end of post for details The 10th anniversary of Peterson Pipe Notes is this very day, and I used it to say goodbye to my all-time favorite shape, the 4 /309.  The blog came about, as I’ve said a thousand times (that’s pronounced “TAO-send” since we speak Irish here), because I kept discovering information that could never be squeezed into the book we were writing.  After...
  • 401. SPECIAL BULLETIN: Peterson Pipe of the Year Archive Collection DROPS tomorrow!

    “A celebration of Peterson’s legacy of pipe making and creative innovation, the Pipe of the Year Archive Collection comprises an array of historic PoY shapes from years past, available in limited quantities and various finishes. Each pipe bears a commemorative ‘Archive’ stamp denoting its place in the collection.” "These will be available at Smokingpipes beginning ~1:00 pm ET May 22." "Shapes: 2000 (B13) - Rusticated 2002 (B15) - Smooth 2010 (B43) - Rusticated 2011 (B54) - Smooth ...