What About Wood-An Intro to Pipe Smoking

What about wood?

Ask any of my close friends and they will tell you I am a cigar smoker.  Ask any of them if I smoke a pipe, and the answer will be “he’s a pipe smoker.”   So what is it about the wood that transitions us over to pipe smoking?

I started smoking a pipe almost two years ago.  My introduction to pipe smoking was, like many, interesting.  Being a cigar smoker for many years, I couldn’t get it.  I did not understand the intricacies of the art that is pipe smoking.  The packing of tobacco, the charring light, the tamp, etc.  It frustrated me, and really made me consider not doing it.

The light went off in my head one day while sitting at Uptowns Smoke Shop in Nashville, TN.  At the time, Keith Moore was the head pipe guy.  Keith is a guy, who could tell you everything about the pipe, who the maker was, where it was made, and an approximate date, by looking at the pipe from ten feet away.  He guided me on what I was doing wrong.

“Estate pipes, that is the route you need to go.”  Which prompted a trip over to the estate pipe room at Uptowns.  Estate pipes are already broken in he explained, and for the new smoker, will help you get started easier.  Well I picked up a nice Savinelli Capri, and went about smoking.  Now, as with any new pipe smoker, I did not pick it up and instantly smoke a full bowl with no problems.  I had to relight…numerous times.  Learn how to tamp properly, and learn on future bowls how to properly pack the bowl with tobacco.

Pipe smoking itself is an art form.  It is not something you will try the first time and fall in love with.  I had to force myself to smoke a pipe on a regular basis before I even liked it.  Once you smoke that one perfect pipe, with that perfect tobacco, and you smoke a perfect bowl, it all makes sense.  So, what is it about the wood?  It’s the art in it, it is the appreciation of a time-honored tradition, and it is something that not everyone can do.

You can satisfy all of your pipe smoking needs at: http://www.uptowns.com

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