Labor Day Update
It's Labor Day - you're probably on vacation. Even I'll be on vacation by the time you’re reading this. Yes, even at Smokingpipes, we take days off. So none of us will be here... Well, except for John, that is (who has to make sure this actually gets out to you, sans any embarrassing typographical errors, grammatical conniptions, or Freudian slips), and a couple of brave volunteers down in shipping and over in customer service. The point I'm getting to in as almost a round-about manner as I can make reasonably possible, is that I'll be making this brief. Because we’re all on vacation.* And why waste precious vacation-time on a great body of my rambling when there’s loads of great pipe and tobacco offerings awaiting instead?
*- Except for John, and shipping and customer service... and possibly Sykes, though I'm sure his wife is trying her best to convince him otherwise. And this update itself, of course - we don't give them days off, period. It's a matter of principle, understand.
Well, first up, today we begin yet another special offer: order 16 ounces of any Stokkebye bulk tobacco, and we'll toss in a big airtight, latched-top tobacco jar free of charge. It turns out we have dozens and dozens upon dozens of them sitting on our shelves, brand new and with nothing to do and nowhere to go -- and we figured who could give them a better home, or have better use for them, than those of you who like to keep your particular favorite blends well-stocked at home?
And speaking of tobaccos, this Labor day brings us a bevy of blends to introduce to the site. Jess Chonowitsch may be best known as a master-artisan of pipemaking, but he's no slouch when it comes to putting together a fine smoking mixture either. Today we've six of his special compositions going up, namely the "T-12" through "T-17" blends, which range in style from Latakia-spiced Scottish and English mixtures, to gentle and flavorful aromatics. Joining them you'll find Robert McConnell's aptly-named "Pure Virginia", and Altaldis's "Mixture 79", a well-rounded Burley blend topped with natural vanilla extract.
As the main course, i.e. the pipes, we have in store for you selections from the American artisans J&J, and the ever-impressive Il Ducas of Massimiliano Rimensi (who is really knocking the grain out the park these days), along with classic English briars courtesy of both Dunhill and Ashton. Joining them you’ll further find bunches and bunches of briars by Luciano, Big Ben, Chacom, Savinelli, Peterson, and Tsuge. The latter-most batch, I should mention, includes the very last of our Kaga sandblasts, which are themselves the very last of the mountain of previously Japanese-market-only pipes Sykes acquired quite a ways back through a special deal made in person, in Japan. They've been very popular, but our supply couldn't last forever.
While we're on the subject of great deals, take a gander at our estate batches and you’ll find quite a few of the stellar Former-Eltangs, masterwork Danish designs that are quite a steal at estate prices, accompanied by pieces by Stanwell, Castello, Ser Jacopo, and Savinelli too.
Finishing things up, we have the new Tatuaje all-broadleaf "La Casita Criolla" in all four of its vitolas, and last but not least, for those who just can't bear to leave home without a pipe of properly thorough lengthiness, Savinelli offers a quality leather, two-pipe Churchwarden case. Anyone can tuck a little French bent Billiard into his pocket, of course (I do it often myself), but it takes a bit more finesse and dedication to travel with those long-stemmed beauties, and we'd be remiss if we failed to recognize it, or the more specialized requirements entailed in keeping them safe and secure.
And that, I believe, is that. Well, at least I did keep the introduction brief, if nothing else.
Eric Squires: Copywriter
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