Peterson's 150th Anniversary - Behind the Pipes

With the recent release of their Craftsman line, Peterson sought to highlight the long-standing tradition of excellence evident in each finished product — a legacy spanning 150 years. The series stands as the epitome of the Peterson design manifest, an interweaving of the past with the modern, but in reality, each and every one of Peterson's pipes speak to the quality and ingenuity maintained by the venerable Irish firm for generations. And if the widespread popularity of limited-edition series like the St. Patrick's Day line is any indication, that's yet another tradition that's sure to stick around.

In celebration of the company's 150th anniversary, Peterson commissioned this video to showcase their timeless process, and highlight some of the people who make it happen, from briar selection to shaping, finishing, and accents, as well as the legacy which will ensure Peterson's future. Check it out!


    • Beany Boy on December 28, 2015
    • Two complaints about Peterson. Why can't they get the grain aligned right on some of their pipes? I don't care for half grain on one side and spot or "bird's eye" on the other side.

      I keep thinking if they only turned the pipe 90 degrees how much better it would be?

      The second is Peterson seems to be cutting their calabashes 2 ways. With curves going right up to the proper bell flair (ohh, so sexy) and without curves almost going straight up with very little curve or flair!

      The difference is like between a Kate Upton and a Rosie O' Donnell. C'mon Peterson. One guy is lazy and the other guy is doing it right.

    • Beany Boy on December 28, 2015
    • I should mention I'm talking about particularly their "Bent Dublin" series in the 300 series lines like the 305, 315, 05's smooth, XL, rustic series, etc., or the pipes that they make in their signature "bell" shapes.

      BTW, very clever to use "captcha" phrases of your products! Brilliant!

    • s.ireland on January 4, 2016
    • @Beany Boy I completely understand what you mean about the grain orientation on certain pipes. However, the problem is actually that when chucking up a block to turn a bowl, there are a few uncontrollable variables that can "mess up" the way the grain falls on the finished shape. You might see what appears to be straight grain (or perfect crosscut) on the outside of a block, but when you cut into it, the grain might be completely different. There's also the chance that the block arrived from the supplier cut in such a way as to not leave any room to shape it in perfect alignment with the grain. Truly, the only way to combat these naturally-occurring variables, is to shape entirely by hand, which is too costly and difficult to do in any serious volume. The good part about the game of chance with raw briar, is that you can find some great values as far as grain goes in the more-affordable lines, and it also makes collecting more enjoyable in the sense that there are so many variations between pipes even in a single shape/finish combination, that a superb piece is all the more interesting of a find.

    • Manuel Pires Pintado on April 23, 2016
    • Found this video educational for any pipe smoker that has never visited a pipe factory. Have a number of Peterson in my collection some from 1973 and had no issues with them.

    • Adam O'Neill on April 25, 2016
    • @Manuel Pires Pintado Thanks Manuel, that's great to hear.

    • Greg Huffard on October 9, 2017
    • I have 5 Peterson pipes and I really like them. Honestly, you could make your pipes upside down and I know that the quality in craftsmanship is still there. Bought my first one in Oxford, U.K. in '76 when I was stationed near there. Great smokers!

    • Peter Thomas on October 17, 2019
    • Got my first Peterson from McCafferty's Irish Pub & Gift Shop in
      St. Paul, MN...around '83.
      Looking forward to getting and enjoying a similar one...
      rustic or sandblasted, rounded shapes.

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