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    What is it to be a pipeman?

    What is it to be a pipeman? This question occurred to me while reading another thread. Is it really just another nicotine delivery system, for me, in some ways yes, but in others definitely not.
    Is it absent mindedly puffing on a cob, falcon, basket pipe or other workhorse as you go about the daily grind? Or is it taking a certain amount of care in selecting your pipe and tobacco for a relaxing and thoughtful smoke.
    For me I'd have to say sometimes the former and at other times the latter.
    Is it the variety of often smoking 3 different blends in a day, unlike a cigarette smoker.
    It's taken a while, approaching 2 years of being off the cigarettes to consider myself a confirmed and committed pipeman. But I'm interested to hear what others think.

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    Interesting question. For me it's the joy of choosing a tobacco and then choose the pipe I want to smoke for a relaxing smoke. ('Thoughtful' is open for debate).
    I can't smoke while I do a lot of other things because I have to concentrate on what I'm doing or else it's incessant relights and foul language.
    I smoke while sitting in my armchair reading a book, writing on this forum or engaged in my favourite smoking-pastime, gazing out the window, daydreaming.

    In tabaco veritas et fumo ergo sum
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    Simple answer is that it's a way of life - more important to me than ever in a changing world.
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    I usually use the same pipe filled with the same tobacco. I like keeping it simple as it matches my personality.

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    Difficult to answer, but I'll try....

    For me, smoking a pipe, and the whole ritual that goes along with it, i.e. choosing a tobacco blend, catalog-shopping for new blends to sample, selecting and buying a pipe, etc. isolates me from all the sordid details of everyday life and its many vexations. I am easily distracted and have, sadly, a very short attention span. It seem that no matter how hard I try, no matter what I do, I am interrupted by something or someone.

    When sitting on my back deck, I'm lost in a self-imposed reverie. I see nothing. I listen to nothing. I don't want to know nothing..... I feel relaxed, and centered.






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    For a couple of hours I've tried to think of a classy answer, but all I can say is that pipe tobacco affords the tastiest conveyance.
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    As someone who is relatively new to pipe smoking, I am still learning and experiencing the art. I've been smoking a pipe for over a year and a half now and just last Saturday evening tried my first English blend (BB1938). I generally only smoke in the evenings when I get a chance, sitting out front in my chair, watching the stars and the planes flying over coming into or out of Sky Harbor airport. It gives me a change to relax and unwind, where I have nothing to consider but tamping from time to time and keeping my pipe lit.

    I tried to smoke my pipe while driving in to work, but I feel that trying to do that in rush hour traffic, in an old pickup with a standard transmission, watching 10,000 other idiots making the same drive, is not conducive to a relaxing smoke. Way too many things going on to truly enjoy it, and no time to tamp or relight while driving...not to mention too dangerous.

    Last year, the wife and I went camping, and I found that that was a great time to relax with a pipe...Sitting by the lake drowning worms, or sitting by the fire at night, the pipe made the time more enjoyable. It made me think of the people who were coming across the country, on a horse or in a wagon. Wondering what lay ahead, and contemplating their next step. I could see them sitting around a similar fire, smoking a pipe before bed, and looking at the stars above.

    Am I a pipeman...I don't feel that I am yet...But someday.
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    Ahhh....What is it to be a pipe man? That's a good question and, as mentioned earlier, will receive any number of answers from pipe smokers. Certainly an appreciation for the art involved in the making of a pipe comes to mind. But I think the smoking of a pipe makes a "pipe man" more than just the pipe alone. Whether a pipe smoker has a cob or a Jess Chonowitsch, there is the learned craft of smoking a pipe that, to me, makes a pipe smoker a pipe man. The way we've taught ourselves how to load a bowl to our liking, learning how to light the tobacco, how to develop preferences for the tobacco that we smoke through the long process of trial and error, knowing what tobacco smokes best in a certain pipe, and learning to smoke slowly so as to appreciate what we smoke instead of simply puffing away. This all goes into becoming, what the pipe author Fred Hanna described, a "competent pipe smoker". But, to me at least, there's something more. Pipe smoking helps to change our inner mood. There is nothing fast about smoking a pipe. Think of the comments about "slowing down" and "relaxing". Whatever we do while smoking a pipe, too, seems to be done more slowly, carefully, and with thought. From the actual act of drawing in, tasting, and blowing out the smoke, there is a slow process involved that is best appreciated when the concerns of our lives are put away allowing us to be in touch with our selves. I believe this is the way of a Pipe Man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockbass View Post
    For a couple of hours I've tried to think of a classy answer, but all I can say is that pipe tobacco affords the tastiest conveyance.
    Thomas sums it up for me, plus it allows us a choice of pipe or tobacco to suit our mood. Was it Kipling who said;
    'To keep ones head calm when all around you has gone to shit'.
    St. Bruno simply satisfies!

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    The pipe is my second best friend.
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