I started smoking a pipe back in 2006 when cigarettes hit $7.00 a pack. I decided I was not going to pay that much "sin tax" any longer, and I started looking at my options.
That is when I realized that pipe tobacco was only taxed a small percentage of what cigarettes are taxed. (And if a guy has access to a bit of land, a green thumb and a nice smoking pipe, he can even smoke for free if he wants.)
I started buying pipes, both old and new, sampling tobaccos, and it did not take long before I was hooked. There is nothing else on earth that compares to a nice bowl of tobacco when everything works together in harmony.
Unfortunately things do not always work like they are supposed to. Airways clog, tobacco gurgles, lights go out, and so on. But if you have a nice pipe and a bit of practice, you can increase your percentage of pleasurable smokes dramatically.
What makes a nice pipe, though? Why did some of the pipes that I had purchased smoke so well and others smoke so poorly? I studied their designs and realized that a nice, open airway that tapers smoothly through the bit really makes the difference. Couple that with an attractive design and a good finish, and you pretty much have it made.
I could not afford very many pipes of that quality at the time, though, so I started making my own. And that brought me to where I am today, as a pipe maker and as a proud member of the pipe enthusiast community.