Dark Tale of a Special Pipe Acquisition

Peterson Dracula pipe and Dunhill London MixtureThe Spooky Blood-Drenched Story of How I Came to Own Another Pipe

My latest episode of “Pipe Acquisition Disorder” began with the innocent reading of an article in Science. The video below tells the tale…


Earthquake Weather, Stoker, Blood, and Peterson… from SoCal Pipester on Vimeo.

Shopping for that perfect example of a particular pipe you’re looking for can be daunting. When it came to this Peterson, I saw immediately I wanted it in their style #69. That was easy; finding one with an acceptable random black swirl in the red stem, that took a bit more browsing.

There are — to this nerdy guy’s eye — some really cool smoky swirls in a lot of these Dracula pipes. But then, there are as well quite a few that just don’t do it for me. If I couldn’t find a swirl pattern suitable to me then I’d rather have no swirl at all.

“If there were one with just a touch of a swirl, I’d dig it.”

And there was…

I snagged it!

Now, admittedly, these are not the best quality pipes in fit and finish that Peterson makes. Heck, they’re only a bill+, but I found it to be a fun purchase, and I enjoy smoking it. I’m dedicating it to Balkans (which to me means a Latakia blend with a significant amount of Oriental leaf).

As always, I’ll keep some ‘baccy by the door for ya.


Brigham Voyageur and First Test Video

Brigham Voyageur and Klondike Gold pic
My Brigham Voyageur that features Brigham’s Rock Maple filter system and a tin of Brigham’s Legend Series, Klondike Gold Virginia Flakes

Brigham Voyageur and My First Test Video on Vimeo

So I put together my first Vimeo pipe community video featuring my Brigham Voyageur rusticated straight billiard (along with my Wessex Bristol — both of which, I learned of after purchase, are manufactured by the Lorenzetti pipe company), and offer a few thoughts on value oriented tobacco pipes.

Wessex Bristol tobacco pipe pic
My “classy photo” attempt of my Wessex Bristol tobacco pipe made in Italy by Lorenzetti. IMHO, a dandy little pipe.

Give it a view and feel free to offer up your insights, constructive comments and observations…

Brigham Voyageur & the Lorenzetti Value-Priced Smoking Pipe from SoCal Pipester on Vimeo.


Here’s a couple more pictures showing pipe style examples not in the video, just for fun.

Wessex Bristol pipe examples
Wessex Bristol pipe examples


Lorenzetti Cabaret pipe sandblasted examples




Adventures in Pipe Smoking Video Community

vid cam pic I’ve finally entered the tobacco pipe smoking video community on Vimeo.

Am I crazy?

So for the last few months, I’ve bounced back and forth between whether I should write a post about my “new discovery” of Mac Baren tobaccos or make a video about it, both of which I’ve haltingly started and stopped. Due to a bit of paralysis-by-analysis with a little extenuating circumstance thrown in,  I’ve yet to complete either; however, what I have done is this… I’ve entered the Vimeo video pipe-smoking community by presenting a brief introductory video (about myself, and which also took a few trials before completion).

But I’ve got to ask…

Is it strange to engage with persons unknown within a virtual community via video, watching each other smoke a pipe and talk about tobacco?

Does video make it legitimately more personal than the written word, or does it simply add a voyeuristic dynamic? (Within a pipe-smoking context, mind you.)

There is some kind of vicarious satisfaction in it beyond its educational value and the sense of belonging to a brother-sisterhood of pipesters, I have to admit — almost like I don’t need to light up a bowl now, myself.

It’s been about six or seven months that I’ve been viewing YouTube videos by tobacco pipe hobbyists. In today’s anti-tobacco climate and with pipe smokers being an almost counter-cultural anomaly, their videos have undoubtedly helped me get a handle on what pipe-smoking folks, as well as the pipe and tobacco industries, are up to. There are blogs and forums, of course. But let’s face it, once you get the few technical steps down that are required to record and upload a video, it can be a bit less intellectually trying, yet potentially more entertaining, to present a video than it is to write a post or engage in meaningful dialogue in a forum. [And to be candid, many of the conversations within forums (or fora) I’ve happened into are anything but meaningful.]

So I thought, what the heck, I’m kind of itching to make a video or two, myself, so why not give it a whirl and see about “giving back” to the community that has given to me.

I chose to go with Vimeo for two reasons…

First, It’s a way to get away from Google’s penchant for master controlled integration of one’s content across platforms.

Second, because the Vimeo pipester community is young compared to YouTube’s, my participation will hopefully be more akin to helping to build the Vimeo community houseboat, rather than jumping aboard an already creaking old ship with its crotchety old characters claiming primacy of place.

(A bit cynical over some of what I’ve observed, am I?)

Anyway, I’m hoping my videos do bring something to the table.

My introduction video is available for viewing only by those whom I follow on Vimeo, but the rest will be open to all. I’ll be posting them here, as well.

If you have a Vimeo channel, please let me know so I can follow you.

Here’s my channel… https://vimeo.com/socalpipester

Happy watching.

Oh yeah, I will get that Mac Baren video out real soon…