Archives for April 2009

“The smoke gets in your eyes”

Emmys PipesThis whole “Second Hand Smoke” thing has my hackles up! In my last post, I howled about tobacco prices and our rights to smoke. I love my nightly pipe, and by gosh I’m mad, and I’m not gonna take it! Smoking has been a part of our culture for centuries. It set the mood in this clip.

One of my favorite authors Mark Twain Wrote: “You are blind to the fact that most old men in America smoke and drink coffee, although, according to your theory, they ought to have died young; and that hearty old Englishmen drink wine and survive it, and portly old Dutchmen both drink and smoke freely, and yet grow older and fatter all the time. And you never try to find out how much solid comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment a man derives from smoking in the course of a lifetime (which is worth ten times the money he would save by letting it alone), nor the appalling aggregate of happiness lost in a lifetime by your kind of people from not smoking.”

He had the right idea!! Even in 1893 there were those who wished to tell us how to better live our lives.

Second hand smoke is not the threat that the anti-smoking crowd would have you believe. Please go to “Just The Facts” on this web site you will find a plethora of information on the subject of second hand smoke (SHS) The creator of the site Dave Hitt, has gone to great lengths to research the issue. There are links to the actual study by the EPA by which our current laws are based. Mr. Hitt includes two other studies to compare the  EPA’s findings too. The EPA did not even conduct their own study, they found other studies, and pulled information from them that suited their agenda! The EPA should be dissolved! It was their study that started this whole crazy ban. One must ask, “What do they have to gain in outlawing smoking in public? Could it be $$ ?

It seems to me that a handful of humans are deciding what is best for the rest of us. They will only publish the facts that suit them. Truth “Their form of it” has become something those in power impose upon us.  The issue here is bigger than smoking. As I said in my last post, it’s our FREEDOM!

We need to tell the bureaucrats in Washington that we are smart enough to make our own decisions. Armed with the glaring facts presented in these studies found at “Just The Facts’ website, you can spread the word. We need to stop those folks in the White House from telling us how to live!

Something NEW is brewing

Jennifer and I will be offering custom personalized pipe stands.  They are made of clear 1” thick acrylic with oval beveled edges. They will be signed and numbered for each series.  This one below, we are donating to the raffle at the Chicago show, you can see where it is inscribed.  The shank peg has an inserted band of briar at its base with some concave design.  The tamper is of black pearl acrylic; it also has a concave design head of briar stained to match the shank holder and a copper foot.  Also the staining color is the same as the rim of the pipe …. pretty cool.  They will be offered with your chose of exotic wood accents, about five different color shanks pegs and tampers.  We can also add any design you like, etched to the top plate; say a family crest, animals, just about anything you would like.  I will have up for you to view soon a two pipe acrylic rest.  It is on the same order as this one, but is round with actagular multi faceted edges … really nice.  We will be adding a special page on our web site with our new acrylic stands.  We will have a flat pricing for each with an inscription on the side as seen on this one, but as mentioned for a small extra charge we will customize your rest for you.


By the way, the pipe sitting on the stand is my newest creation.  It has an elephant band of ivory and what a fabulous ring blast.  It will be sitting on a stand like the one its on, we are considering offering it as a set at the show.

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After our first viewing of our new pipe rest in Chicago, we decided to add a deep green or black bottom to all our rest.  (Your Choice)  We sold a couple but receive constructive comments about the clear bottom. So, we agree, we think the color bottoms add even more richness. We would love to have your input. 
























We hope to have our new pipe rests available on our web site, as early as next week.  Please check back.



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