Another Batch Of Pipe Smoking Desktop Backgrounds
23 August 2019 Adam O'Neill
Over on the US site, back in 2016, I realised we'd amassed a considerable number of images, some of which were specific to makers, some of which were more in the general 'lifestyle' category. Once we'd used them for social media though, they sat around in backup drives collecting digital dust and serving no real purpose — which was somewhat of a shame considering the time and effort expended. Not wanting them to go to waste after they'd served their various purposes, we decided to go ahead and make them available as desktop backgrounds.
A Little Breathing Room
15 August 2019 Adam O'Neill
I've recently come to the conclusion that house guests — much like gases — will expand to fill the space allowed them. Unlike gases though, they're not so easily compressed.
The Serendipity Of Why Not
02 August 2019 Adam O'Neill
Much of what I hold dear in my life eventuated from the only seemingly rhetorical question "why not?". Only seemingly rhetorical because most of the time I'm genuinely asking ("Oh, you can't think of a single reason why not? Well I guess this is what we're doing now."). From somewhat begrudgingly agreeing to go to a housewarming party where I met my now wife, to nervously attending a camping trip with a bunch of armed and armoured weirdos where I originally took up the pipe, just going with the flow has been pretty good to me.
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.