Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking
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
It is always a joy to receive a meerschaum pipe from Fikri Baki – no one carves meerschaums like him.
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:
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
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
What do you do when you live in an upside down world and drive an upside down car? You smoke an upside down pipe!
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
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
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
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