The Pipe is At Its Most Seductive in Another's Hand
Many of you are quite familiar with the pipeman-afflicting disorders "PAD "and "TAD" (Pipe Aquisition Disorder and Tobacco Aquisition Disorder, respectively). We, of course, are enthusiastic enablers of these conditions, as both keep us in business, which, of course, in turn helps keep those of us here at SPC who also happen to be afflicted by PAD and TAD in fresh pipes and blends, too. We enable you, you enable us. It's a pretty awesome, mutually beneficial cycle, quite frankly. We certainly feel so.
You may be surprised to learn that there is another disorder I have been observing as of late, this one a bit more insidious. I realized recently that every time I see one of my co-workers puffing away, without fail, I begin to covet his smoking apparatus. I want one just like it. It may be I already have one kinda like it. Doesn't matter though; not the same finish, or his is cross-grained and mine is flame-laden. Whatever the trivial variation may be, a little voice from somewhere deep in my brainstem gently whispers, "I WANT THAT PIPE."
To fit neatly into the previously established acronym paradigm, I'm naming this malady PED, short for Pipe Envy Disorder. There is no real cure short of becoming a hermit, but PED can be managed with a little self-restraint and the realization that what's in your hand is probably also the object of someone else's yearning gaze as well.
If you truly desire to be on the receiving end of copious cases of PED, and who among us doesn't want to be that guy, I have just the pipe for you. Today's update features a very beautiful bent Dublin by Hans "Former" Nielsen. Straight grained, with a birdseye-wreathed rim reminiscent of a Van Gogh night sky, all under a deep chestnut stain, its allure is sure to prove devastatingly contagious.
Also available, we have new pipes from Tsuge, Dunhill, Luciano, Chacom, Johs, Brigham, Savinelli and Peterson; twenty-four total English and Italian estate pipes; and new bulk tobacco blends from Altadis and Planta.
John Sutherland: Marketing Mngr and Sr. Photographer