Standing Out From The Crowd
21 June 2019 Adam O'Neill
Museums, tours, restaurants, bars, and the obligatory sleep-in on huge, comfortable hotel beds. There's a lot of "must-dos" when you're on holidays. For me though, the one thing I absolutely have to do when visiting another city or country is people watch. Finding an out-of-the-way spot in an otherwise busy thoroughfare and just watching the movements of both locals and fellow tourists — and how the two groups interact.
05 June 2019 Adam O'Neill
Well before mindfulness became the flavour of the day, commodified by social "influencers" and used as a stop-gap in mental health services, pipers were enjoying their own form of mindful meditation.
The Folly of Expectation
Excepting those of us lucky enough to be born with a pipe in hand, a battered copy of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in our pocket, and a head full of aphorisms, most of us go through some sort of second maturation from young adult to full-fledged adult. For me, graduating into real adulthood in my late 20s involved letting go of social expectations that fueled ill will toward those around me.
Peterson's 2019 Pipe Of The Year
With a recorded history stretching as far as the sixteenth century, it's somewhat inevitable that some aspects of pipe smoking have been lost to time. Crafting materials, techniques, traditional methods of preparation and yes, shapes, have all at some point been lost.
Our First Batch Of Pipe Smoking Desktop Backgrounds
29 April 2019 Adam O'Neill
If you've been a customer of ours since it was just the US site and, more specifically, read the blog you might remember that we'd occasionally offer some of our library of images as desktop backgrounds.
International Pipe Smoking Day 2019
20 February 2019 Adam O'Neill
It wasn't too long ago, at least in the scheme of things, that pipe smoking was considered a solitary endeavour, if indeed it was considered at all. How then, did we go from pipes as a utilitarian object to a celebrated and treasured companion and, increasingly, a work of art in itself?
04 December 2018 Adam O'Neill
As some of you may have noticed, we recently dropped a new category into our estate pipes selection: Pipe Rescue. In short, these are pipes that needed a little more love than our usual restoration process could provide.
How to Use the Pipe Locator
08 November 2018 Adam O'Neill
If you have spent much time browsing our website you may have noticed that we have some pipes. A lot of pipes. So many pipes that when you are looking for that one pipe, the one that fulfills all of your needs, the one that is just what your rotation is missing, it can be an arduous task, requiring several cups of coffee, a handful of hours and the singular, obsessive resolve of Captain Ahab himself.
Gin, Tonic & Tobacco - A Pairing Guide - Part One
26 July 2018 Adam O'Neill
To my mind certain alcoholic beverages have links to certain countries. When I think of Scotland, for example, I think of Scotch whisky, with France I think of wine, Italy and grappa (but also wine), Belgium and beer, etc. Even when I think of my native Australia the first drinks to come to mind are beer and wine, and at a stretch a certain brand of rum.
Peterson Joins The Laudisi Family
Smokingpipes Europe is pleased to announce that its parent company, Laudisi Enterprises, has acquired Kapp & Peterson, Ltd., specifically the Peterson pipe factory in Sallynoggin and the Peterson of Dublin shop on Nassau Street.