Having trouble keeping track of all that tobacco in your cellar? Well the folks at The Pipe Tool may just have an answer.
Described as an "online Swiss Army Knife for pipe enthusiasts," the site, in alpha since January, is now in the open beta stage. For those who aren't familiar with the concept, an open beta is when a piece of software is close to completion, but needs bodies using the service in order to test the system.
Already the site has the ability to add reviews, pipes in your inventory, cellared tobacco, and open tobacco, as well as the ability to mark said tobacco as given away, finished, and — someday soon — traded or sold. The tool gives you a running total of the combined weight and value of your cellar.
James, creator of The Pipe Tool and avid collector, created the site as a way to fill what he saw as a gap in available resources for pipe smokers:
"I created the site to solve a problem. I was continually being asked 'have you smoked this before, and what did you think about it?' So I wanted a quick, at a glance, way to know what I had smoked and have some notes on it. I also wanted it to be on my phone, on my desktop, on my tablet or whatever device I had at the time. So since there wasn't something out there that did the job, I took to task to build it, and then realized there was more stuff I could throw into the app, and thus we have a place to chronologue pipes, tobacco, reviews, and eventually trades. It's pretty feature rich currently, but I've got a huge set of things that are still missing and will be added over the course of this year."
There's still some rough edges, but with a little help from you, and your cellar, the tool should be out of Beta and running smoothly in no time.