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New Tobacco Review Series: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Blends" ~ Pt. 1: Chelsea Morning

I've been wanting to do a series of tobacco reviews for awhile, now, but, with a slightly different, and more concentrated, take. So, rather than just review a random blend I've never smoked before, let's just jump right in and cover my Top 5 blends. Why my top 5 blends? Why the hell not?? This is part one in this series, and rather than starting from #5 and working our way up, let's just go straight to the top, starting with my number 1 blend: G.L. Pease's Chelsea Morning  Ground Rules: First, some ground rules for the series: The rest of my top 5 blends will probably not be in order, either up or down, because, well, I'm starting with...

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Vegas, Baby! Vegas...(but not that Vegas)

I've been trying to get back to my roots, lately, so, knowing that my wife and I would be going to Santa Fe this summer, we planned a special day trip, to the small town of Las Vegas, New Mexico. No bright lights or casinos in this town, but, it's a special, little place; homey and picturesque--literally, as you've probably seen it in films and TV shows, like, "Longmire," and the Coen Brothers film, "No Country for Old Men." It also happens to be the birthplace of my father, my grandmother, and both of my great grandparents, so, I definitely wanted to check it out. Las Vegas, New Mexico is located about an hour east of Santa Fe. We happened to...

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Timeline: the Evolution of The Signature Pipe Pouch

Beautiful pic, above, by @babou_fett on Instagram. While I constantly strive to improve my leather goods for my customers, it's nice sometimes to go back and look at the evolution of an item, over the years. This (1st pic, above) was probably the fourth of fifth iteration of the Signature pouch (originally known as "The Delux" -- 2nd pic, below) and was the first time where I felt the design, after about a year of working on it, was finally coming together. The "Delux" --the earliest version of The Signature (2012). Still, there's a rawness to these that I really like; one, which, I have to remind myself to keep, going forward.  As a craftsman, it's hard to find a balance...

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The Story Behind The Name ~ Sorringowl & Sons

I've been a part-time writer for most of my life and, over the years, I've written quite a bit of stuff: poetry, plays, songs, a few screenplays and a couple novels, which I've sometimes shared with friends and family, but, mostly, has been for my own entertainment.  Shortly after I took up pipe smoking, I decided I would try my hand at a genre I enjoyed reading, but had never actually tried to write: the detective novel.   Inspired, at the time, by the prolific work of Georges Simenon, who wrote the Inspector Maigret series, I set upon writing a classic noir, but set in modern day, with a modern day character.  At first, I didn't know what the story would...

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Beginnings...

When I started smoking a pipe, in 2010, I couldn't find a quality, U.S. made, leather pipe pouch. So, I started making my own. At the time, I was a full-time, furniture maker and, sitting in my woodshop one day, smoking my pipe, I was inspired by an old tool roll I found at a flea market. I thought, "why can't someone make a pipe pouch like that?" Simple, well made, beautiful, and feels good in the hand. So I set out to do just that.The first versions of my pipe pouch were rough, but, from showing them to my online pipe forum buddies, getting their feedback, and through lots of trial and error, I eventually came up with the...

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