Adam O'Neill
ThePipeTool is Now in Open Beta
The Pipe Tool at

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.

The Pipe Tool at
It's bigger I swear, I just started entering them.

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.

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    • Rick Johnson on May 5, 2015
    • great job! I'd been kicking around the idea of some type of journal and it looks like you have nailed it.

    • Joe Leonard on May 8, 2015
    • looks like a great tool

    • Nick Vigliucci on May 9, 2015
    • Great idea, so far working well.
      I have 80 lbs of tobacco aging since 1967
      Now I have a place to record aging.

    • Bruce P on May 21, 2015
    • This looks interesting! Being builder of spreadsheets for years, I have one I developed that has most of the same information tracked by this data base. I do not have a very extensive "cellar" because I buy tobacco and tend to smoke one variety until I have used the whole tin. I usually have only one or tins open at any one time. I have just started thinking of cellaring so this may come in handy.

    • DaBadMan on June 22, 2015
    • Does anyone know how to email James?I can't find a "contact" page or button and I can't login. Says password is incorrect (it's not) but never sends the reset mail. =/ I'd like to get back in and help test as soon as possible. Kyocera hydro elite if it helps.

    • pylorns on June 22, 2015
    • help at thepipetool dot com -- if you're not receving an email it means your email is blocking it as spam, or your email listed doesn't match. Email me your account info and the email you think you registered with and we'll get it sorted out.

    • Adam O on June 22, 2015
    • Thanks James!

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