Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

How to Age Cigars

Do cigars get better if you age them? Is the Dalai Lama Buddhist? All cigars are smokeable. But freshly-rolled cigars tend to smoke better if laid aside for about a year. Some continue to become nicer even after many years … Continue reading

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Another custom-made Baki

It is always a joy to receive a meerschaum pipe from Fikri Baki – no one carves meerschaums like him.

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A JT Cooke

JT Cooke is a legend among American pipe makers; his waiting list is at least three years long. Happy to acquire a brand new one recently:

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One More Bang

A true collector can never have enough S Bangs; since my first Bang, I’ve added several to my cache. Pictures of a couple can be found somewhere in this blog. The one above shows my latest Bang. According to the … Continue reading

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A Hulu Pipe

For the Chinese, hulu or the bottle gourd or calabash is a symbol of prosperity, abundance, good health and longevity; which is the reason why on my 60th birthday, JQ presented me with a reverse calabash briar pipe made in … Continue reading

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Upside Down

What do you do when you live in an upside down world and drive an upside down car? You smoke an upside down pipe!

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A Pipe with a Mouthpiece made of Ivory

The buying and selling of ivory in Singapore is allowed. Since 1990, however, the commercial import and export of ivory has been banned, although non-commercial import and export – such as for museum display and research – is still allowed … Continue reading

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A Kirsten for my 60th

First invented in 1936, each Kirsten pipe has six basic components – mouthpiece, radiator body, valve, bowl, bowl screw and bowl ring. Kirsten bowls come sandblasted, carved, smooth and rusticated bowls and combinations thereof. There are even corncob bowls! A … Continue reading

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A Clay Pipe with a Difference

  For centuries, clay pipes have been cherished throughout the west. These were long, plain-looking pipes and pubs would provide them to customers. After smoking one, the pipe would be returned to the pub. The next customer who wishes to … Continue reading

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A Pipe with a Mouthpiece made of Amber

On my 60th birthday, Landrick presented me with a vintage, unsmoked pipe from Italy with a mouthpiece made of amber. Pipes with mouthpieces made of amber are extremely rare. Actually, the fossilized resin of prehistoric plants, amber is rare due … Continue reading

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