A new briar came today: a Tsuge Tasting Pipe. It's a beautifully engineered black sandblasted pot with a hefty bowl size of 1.6 inch depth by .91 inch ID. Loaded it up with C&D Virginia Gentleman and tasted...nothing! Poured that out and then tried C&D Derringer. Again, tasted nothing! Repeated the above process and … Continue reading A tasteless Tasting Pipe
After the discovery of vulcanite yesterday, I brought out one of my Ropp Vintage briar pipes with a horn stem. I love Ropp pipes, and in particular the bone stemmed ones. For today's test, I filled it up with C&D Derringer, a 100% Virginia blend. Previously, I had tried a few other blends with this … Continue reading Moving onward…
I enjoy a pipe after my lunch, as it is the biggest meal of my day and it allows me to ground before I embark on the second part of my day. I am usually up at 4 a.m. doing my "work behind the scenes" and I'm usually engaged with either writing or Dear Ones … Continue reading The taste of Vulcanite in the afternoon
A very busy day of teaching, writing and working with others. Wrapped up the post dinner twilight hour with a bowl of Reiner Blend 71: Long Golden Flake in an Old German Markus Fohr Fountain Clay (black). Many years ago, when I first took up the pipe, I did not care much for Virginia's. Years … Continue reading Softness in the Twilight
I acquired a new An Old German Markus Fohr Bishop & Knight that was delivered yesterday. This is my second one. This evening, I was in the mood for some C&D Dark Burley. I have a Briar pipe dedicated to this-- a Ropp panel apple. Earlier today, I had a bowl of C&D Pasha's Dream … Continue reading Dec 2, 2020 Initiation of a Clay
In Search of my Grandfather’s Tobacco His name was Robert Forest Jones. To this day, some forty plus years later, I recall the man; he was the tallest member of the family (until I surpassed him at age eighteen) with vivid blue eyes, housed in a long face with receding hair in strands of blonde … Continue reading In Search of my Grandfather’s Tobacco
I live in Burley, Idaho and it can get rather windy out here. Since I enjoy my pipes outdoors, it kinda forces you to learn how to smoke a pipe in the wind. I brought out an Marcus Fohr Black Clay Belge and a jar of C&D Star of the East. This is a very … Continue reading A Clay in the wind
I love clay pipes and use them with respect. Here, I shall share my experiences.