The Clueless Newbie
Who knew answering a Craigslist job posting for copywriter could put me right smack dab in the middle of pipe central? At first, I was rather apprehensive about using the classified advertisements website for other reasons than buying my wife's jewelry, usually making hand-offs behind department stores. (That's safe right?) But I was really caught off guard on my way to the interview, because I passed by a... let's say alternative pipe shop... about the size of the interior of a Volkswagen. So I didn't know what to expect. Little did I know what kind operation was going down in the sleepy town of Little River, SC, a place I previously regarded as one big retirement community, some nice waterside restaurants, and a couple gas stations.
I have only been employed here for a few weeks, but I can safely say that besides the ample space, laidback environment, and smooth Indie Bluegrass and heathen Jazz blaring constantly, the best thing about working at Smokingpipes has to be the people. That, and maybe the sweet fragrance of various fine tobacco blends lingering in the air. Ok, so in all honesty, I hadn't smoked a pipe since my freshmen year at college, but the gang didn't hold that against me. I was even extended the peace pipe, so to speak, an old Stanwell partially rusticated Blowfish that I'm re-learning on. I find it amazing that I even know what a "rusticated Blowfish" is now; it's a combination of words that would have left me eyeing the speaker with wary bemusement a short time ago. Pipe smokers really are the salt of the Earth, welcoming me in like family, and to that I say "thank you". I'll try my best to be just as friendly and accommodating to the next clueless newbie.
Now that I've said my peace on that matter, let's get to the good stuff. Father's Day is on the horizon and if you're currently scrambling for gift ideas for the "Old Man" who already "has everything", we at Smokingpipes have got you covered. Skip the ties and sweaters and get him what he really wants: something of his own choosing. Whether your dad is new to the wonderful world of pipes, a seasoned pro that needs a push in the right direction, or just downright picky, you can't go wrong with a Smokingpipes.com gift card, with purchase values ranging conveniently from twenty-five bucks to several hundred.
Also, let him know about the 40% off all of our Jacopo Pipes, which ends this Friday. Don't worry, though, Sykes has cut an impressive deal with the famed Pesaro workshop, so going forward Smokingpipes.com will still be offering a great discount on Ser Jacopo pipes, to the tune of 35% off retail. On a side note, the late founder of Ser Jacopo, a great artisan and art-lover alike in his own right, Giancarlo Guidi, produced what has quickly become my absolute favorite line, the expansive Picta series, inspired by the works of Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Rene Magritte, and, most recently Joan Miro. You don't have to be an art lover, like me, to appreciate the effortless beauty found in these pipes. So check them out today and get the most bang for your buck with our 40% off retail price offer while it still lasts.
With all that said, on this, a most pleasant Thursday, we at Smokingpipes are also proud to present the completely mad, and completely brilliant artisan designs from Werner Mummert, the famous Danish designs of Former, and singular "suede-blasts" by Walt Cannoy. Also, we have a dozen solid Ashtons available, as well as more than a few pipes by L'Anatra, Randy Wiley, and Claudio Cavicchi. On the more affordable side of the update, there's Rossi, Brigham, two dozen far out pieces by Nording, and a huge selection of quality pipes by Savinelli and Peterson. The estate selection, counting a whopping 71 pipes, also features plenty of gems of all price ranges.
I just want to close by briefly saying thank you again to my employers for giving me the chance to write about something I previously had almost no prior knowledge of, and to all my fellow employees who showed me the ropes and the beauty of a well-made artisan pipe, and to all of you pipe enthusiast out there in internetland, have a happy Father's Day, and see you again next week!
Seth Ellison: Copywriter
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