That essay did, of course, ruin my life.
Pipe smoking should be a simple thing, after all—find a tobacco you like, get some good pipes, and learn how to smoke them well.
A good book is one that’s fun to read.
The topics in Fred’s collection of essays are far-ranging.
Pipe smoking is one of the world’s most underrated pleasures.
Many brand-new essays appear in this book, the titles of which speak for themselves.
If you have not heard of Marcovitch, don’t feel alone.
my two all-time favorite tobaccos
For those engaged in the quest for the perfect smoke, a great pipe is a necessity.
One of the most-effective ways to ruin the taste of a great pipe is to fail to clean it properly, thoroughly and often. I clean a pipe after every smoke.
Thus, for this book, I have clarified, revised and rewritten this article both to update it and to eliminate sections and statements that might have led to misunderstandings.
My challenge to you, the reader, is to step outside of traditional ways of thinking about pipes.
The biggest lesson I learned is that what I wrote was nothing new.
Collecting is an entirely different enterprise than tasting pipe smoke.
Finally, I want to emphasize once again that tasting is a highly subjective endeavor. One person’s magical, superior smoking pipe might not appeal to another person.
In my view, no one can argue against the importance of the Dunhill company in the history of pipes.
The third criterion is that the shape of the pipe must be sufficiently appealing to me that I have a natural urge to pick the pipe up and smoke it. The shape itself must be so aesthetic and beautiful that it excites me to the degree that I can’t wait for the next opportunity to smoke it.
Many of these great craftsmen include men and women whose names were never forgotten because they were never known from the start!
In which list would you prefer to see your own name?