218. IPSD 2021: Heading Out

Beyond here there’s no map. How you get there is where you’ll arrive; how, dawn by dawn, you can see your way clear: in pond, sky, just as woods you walk through give to fields. And rivers: beyond all burning, you’ll cross on bridges you’ve long lugged with you. Whatever your route, go lightly, toward light. Once you give away all save necessity, all’s mostly well: what you used to believe you owned is nothing, ...
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217. Kapp & Peterson’s Early French-Made Figural Briars

I'm pleased to present the research of Sébastien Canévet on Kapp & Peterson's early figural briars. The Dublin firm wanted to offer as many options as possible to its original customers, but in the factory made only meerschaums and briars. We know Charles Peterson and probably Jimmy Malone also made custom or artisan pipes as well (a tradition that continued until the early 1990s), and that companion cases were custom-made in the factory. But cherrywood, ...
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216. The Thinking Man in South Korea: An Interview with Troy Lambrecht

International Peterson *er, pipe* Smoking Day is less than two weeks away! I Thanks to everyone who has submitted their answers and photograph(s) to qualify for their Certified Pete Geek certificate. It's not too late if you want to be counted among the Pete Elite.* As we ramp up to the IPSD celebration (Saturday, February 20th), I’m very pleased to present fellow Thinking Man Troy Lambrecht, an avid Peterson smoker who lives in South Korea ...
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215. IPSD 2021 Invitation to Earn Your CPG Certificate

Last year’s IPSD on Peterson Pipe Notes was such a great success, with readers sharing some marvelous stories and their favorite pipes from across the globe, that I think we need to move it to the next level for this year’s celebration, which is just three weeks away on Saturday, February 20th. As I’ve emailed back and forth with many readers during the pandemic, one theme recurs in our conversations—how our pipes bring us the ...
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214. The 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Commemoratives

For the 23rd annual release of the St. Patrick’s Day commemorative and for the first time in three years, K&P has brought out a traditional “navy mount” pipe. The in-house caramel-over-dark brown rustication is complemented this year by a green acrylic fishtail mouthpiece and introduces to the SPD a very bright, very shiny nickel band with Peterson (in script) over OF DUBLIN encircling the classic Peterson “P” which I have seen on the Aran nickel-mounts ...
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213. The Hallmark Silver Cap & Chain Special-Issue System (1974)

Most Peterson collectors & companioners these days think of 1981’s Mark Twain as the first great K&P commemorative, and over time it has certainly become the most famous. It was the fortuitous combination of a charismatic System smoker and a great System pipe. Fans were (and are) particularly fond of the MT’s space-fitting B or tapered stem, with an affection the company has rarely tried to satisfy in subsequent System releases. But before the ...
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  • 218. IPSD 2021: Heading Out

    Beyond here there’s no map. How you get there is where you’ll arrive; how, dawn by dawn, you can see your way clear: in pond, sky, just as woods you walk through give to fields. And rivers: beyond all burning, you’ll cross on bridges you’ve long lugged with you. Whatever your route, go lightly, toward light. Once you give away all save necessity, all’s mostly well: what you used to believe you owned is nothing, nothing beside how you’ve come to feel. You’ve no need now to give in or give...
  • 217. Kapp & Peterson’s Early French-Made Figural Briars

    I'm pleased to present the research of Sébastien Canévet on Kapp & Peterson's early figural briars. The Dublin firm wanted to offer as many options as possible to its original customers, but in the factory made only meerschaums and briars. We know Charles Peterson and probably Jimmy Malone also made custom or artisan pipes as well (a tradition that continued until the early 1990s), and that companion cases were custom-made in the factory. But cherrywood,...
  • 216. The Thinking Man in South Korea: An Interview with Troy Lambrecht

    International Peterson *er, pipe* Smoking Day is less than two weeks away! I Thanks to everyone who has submitted their answers and photograph(s) to qualify for their Certified Pete Geek certificate. It's not too late if you want to be counted among the Pete Elite.* As we ramp up to the IPSD celebration (Saturday, February 20th), I’m very pleased to present fellow Thinking Man Troy Lambrecht, an avid Peterson smoker who lives in South Korea....
  • 215. IPSD 2021 Invitation to Earn Your CPG Certificate

    Last year’s IPSD on Peterson Pipe Notes was such a great success, with readers sharing some marvelous stories and their favorite pipes from across the globe, that I think we need to move it to the next level for this year’s celebration, which is just three weeks away on Saturday, February 20th. As I’ve emailed back and forth with many readers during the pandemic, one theme recurs in our conversations—how our pipes bring us the...
  • 214. The 2021 St. Patrick’s Day Commemoratives

    For the 23rd annual release of the St. Patrick’s Day commemorative and for the first time in three years, K&P has brought out a traditional “navy mount” pipe. The in-house caramel-over-dark brown rustication is complemented this year by a green acrylic fishtail mouthpiece and introduces to the SPD a very bright, very shiny nickel band with Peterson (in script) over OF DUBLIN encircling the classic Peterson “P” which I have seen on the Aran nickel-mounts....
  • 213. The Hallmark Silver Cap & Chain Special-Issue System (1974)

    Most Peterson collectors & companioners these days think of 1981’s Mark Twain as the first great K&P commemorative, and over time it has certainly become the most famous. It was the fortuitous combination of a charismatic System smoker and a great System pipe. Fans were (and are) particularly fond of the MT’s space-fitting B or tapered stem, with an affection the company has rarely tried to satisfy in subsequent System releases. But before the MT, there...