Smoking On the Clock (Pipe Smoking on the Job and Other Stories)

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It was a cold Autumn day in 2014, and I was working with a fresh model named Rose. She came to me to help her build her portfolio, which is one of the many services I provide as a photographer.

Our shoot location came to mind immediately when she showed me the outfits she wanted to shoot in. I often pick outside locations for portfolio building shoots. This style of shooting adds character, is more comfortable for a new model, and of course, affords me the opportunity to smoke on the job.

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Esoterica’s Brighton Tobacco Review

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I am hiking the bright Kentucky hinterlands, walking with camera in hand, pipe in my teeth and dogs at my side as the cold dew clings to the cuffs of my jeans and the smell of thick forests sweep past my olfactory senses. There is a blank slate in the clarity of winter air that allows the coppice space to make magic.

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Reaming Your Tobacco Pipe with Sandpaper (It’s Better Than Using a Knife and Could Save You Money and a Headache!)

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Cake.

When you first start out as a pipe smoker, it’s this mysterious thing you look forward to. It’s something you wait for with baited breath! “When will this elusive cake that everyone is talking about finally build up?!” You scream to the heavens.

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Alone in My Room (An H.P. Lovecraft Flavored Story Review of Cornell and Diehl’s Miskatonic Mixture Pipe Tobacco)

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The old ones cry out from the dark, moss mottled labyrinth within me. I sit, huddled in my office waiting for it to find my scent. I hear it sliding down the hallway now, mandibles chittering, tentacles search every crevice, every nook, as it sniffs for my natural light.

Only my pipe is with me to comfort me in my time of distress. My faithful friend in hand.

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The Dr. Grabow Big Pipe (A Tobacco Pipe Review For You!)

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You don’t have to spend big bucks on a pipe to get a great smoker and nothing proves this better than Dr. Grabow.

Today we will be discussing the Dr. Grabow “Big Pipe”; a hefty billiard shaped briar from an American Company with a fascinating history.

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Cornell & Diehl’s Five O’clock Shadow (A Longform Pipe Tobacco Review For You!)

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Cornell and Diehl’s Five O’Clock Shadow, part of their “Working Man” series, take something I like very much, the Virginia/Perique Blend, and kicks it up a notch by adding a pinch of dark-fired Kentucky. The results are surprisingly astounding!

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Esoterica’s And So To Bed (A Longform Tobacco Review For You)

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The autumn night wind crawls over the rolling hills of the Kentucky landscape in the background. It slips it’s sinewy, leaf-stained fingers through the crack in the window and comes to meet my hands, which are warmed by a crackling match.

My lids feel heavy, and the sulfur dissipates as the starry breeze dances around me, down to my bare ankles where it settles and nibbles at my senses.

I hold the flame to the full bowl and puff short and even for the char as my eyes drift to the full-dark sky past the pane. I move the match in small circles.

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Germain’s Medium Flake (A Pipe Tobacco Review For You!)

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J.F. Germain & Son’s Medium Flake is a tobacco you’ve likely seen around, but I’m often surprised at how few people I’ve met have tried it.

Upon opening the tin, I’m greeted with a beautiful presentation. A nice stack of shuffled yellow-brown flakes, slightly moist to the touch. I set a bowl-full aside to dry for an hour.

The tin note is sweet and citrusy with a hint of scattered hay, sliced oranges, and lemons. A light note of dried tea leaf meanders in and out as well. My mouth begins to water at the beautiful aroma.

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