A ritual in each of the meetings with the Members of the New York Pipe Club consists of sharing. The old share what they treasure and the young learn to expand on the passion that already has ignited in them. At least a dozen of tins with precious mixtures make the round amongst the smokers [...]
There are cheap ones, old ones, elegant ones, expensive ones, works of art, as much as true examples of bad taste, but most ashtrays are easily breakable. My new ashtray acquisition is made out of bronze.
Every second Tuesday of the month we meet, smoke our pipes and share either our tobacco - often newly discovered beauties for the nose and palate - or share the aesthetics of a pipe we love or have just acquired, while some might bring pipes, tobacco and accessories to sell as well. One of the members [...]
If we nose these perfectly shaped sticks of rolled leaves before we light them; if we toast their feet before we let them burn; if we carefully mind the fire to start an even burn and attentively observe how the ash develops; if many of us – at times with competitive spirit – try to [...]
For centuries the Dutch have understood to produce, handle and enjoy plants and spices, as well as utensils for their usage. This little family in my collection exemplifies one of their fields. Gouda is not just a famous cheese, but home to the Royal House of Goedewaagen which has been making smoking products since 1610 and to Zenith van [...]
This week had just started and the postman brought me several goodies - two certainly worthy of an introduction.