Andrew Wike
Top 10 Resources for Pipe Smokers

Pipe Smoking Resources at Smokingpipes.com

Pipe smoking, though quite traditional in some ways, is still an ever-changing hobby. From new tobaccos, to ultra-rare stamps or shapes, to the latest up-and-coming carvers, there's quite a lot to keep track of. How do we juggle it all? Well, having an extremely knowledgeable staff and great relationships with carvers and blenders alike has allowed us to create some really great original content, but sometimes we do consult outside sources — great sites that we would like to share with you. So in no particular order, here are our top ten pipe smoker resources!

  • TobaccoReviews - For helpful reviews of nearly any blend (even those that were discontinued ages ago), this is the place to go. It was actually a Laudisi property from 2001 to 2007 (we're now just one of several sponsors), and its smart "helpful/not helpful" rating system on reviews themselves allows you to find the most reliable content.
  • PipeSmokerForum - From tobacco reviews, to advice for beginner smokers, to tips on growing tobacco, Pipe Smoker's Forum is a pretty reliable source on a variety of pipe smoking topics.
  • PipesMagazine - Though less focused on detailed tobacco and pipe information, Pipesmagazine is a great source for pipe and tobacco related news. They even have a weekly radio show that's available on the majority of podcast sites and apps. The forums discuss a lot of general pipe smoking topics as well.
  • Chris' Pipe Pages - From old catalogs to scans of mysterious patents, there's some really cool stuff tucked away in Chris' Pipe Pages. It's often overlooked, but if you're willing to dig around a bit, you can find some pretty rare gems like a certain 1930s Rossi business card with quite a charming logo.
  • Pipedia - Probably the most extensive resource for information on well-known makers and marques outside our site, Pipedia is a user-friendly wiki for all things pipe related. Editors work to keep each article accurate and up to date, generally with some really great pictures, too. As one of Pipedia's contributors, you'll find some of our content there too, in a format that's conveniently organized (one of our interviews appended to a pipemaker's bio or marque's history, for example).
  • The Wood Database - Trying to identify accents, exotic woods, and the like can be a somewhat daunting task. The Wood Database offers examples of a variety of exotic and domestic hardwoods you'll find used in pipe making. With its enlargeable photos, detailed characteristics, and descriptions, it's a resource that Eric and I use almost every day. How else do you think we can distinguish Wenge from Macassar Ebony in our descriptions? We ask Adam — or check the Wood Database when even he's not sure.
  • G. L. Pease - G. L. Pease is one of our best selling tobacco brands, and so it's necessary for us to know as much about the products as we can. Phone and email conversations with Greg have been quite helpful over the years, but for a quick and easy description and inspiration behind a particular blend, we often use Greg's site itself. And of course, Greg's commentary in his articles can be quite entertaining.
  • Passion for Pipes - The author/photographer of Comoy Blue Ribands, Neill Archer Roan knows a lot about pipes and tobaccos. From photos of his personal collection to well thought out articles on every topic from how different heat sources affect your smoke to an analysis of stem work, his personal site has proven to be a great resource for us. I know Shane, for one, is an avid reader of Neill's work.
  • Pipephil - Let's face it; some marques' stamping traditions are less than clear, making dating a certain vintage briar quite difficult at times. Luckily, there's Pipephil, a comprehensive study of logos, stamps, and nomenclature, to help with the process. It's user-friendly setup allows you to search for brands by country, name, or logo — making it much easier to figure out whether your Barling is pre- or post-transition.
  • Reddit - Last, but certainly not least, we have Reddit's "pipe tobacco" sub-category. Completely open source, it's just a great and friendly place for beginners to ask questions and receive feedback from more experienced smokers. It's also quite user-friendly, with pretty flexible CSS and easy-to-use search bars.

Of course, there's also our excellent customer service department. So if you can't find what you're looking for on these sites, you know who to call.


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And there you have it: our top 10 pipe smoker resources. Don't see your favorite site on the list? Feel free to share your preferred resource with us in the comment section below!

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Comments

    • Vitaliy on October 25, 2014
    • http://smokersmag.com/archive – Pipe Smokers' Magazine in Russian. Pipes and Tobacco manufacturers history, interview with pipemakers, tobacco reviews and much more.

    • Flatticus on October 25, 2014
    • Thanks for the shoutout to reddit's /r/pipetobacco forum, Andrew, all great resources here!

    • pylorns on October 26, 2014
    • Yeah baby, /r/pipetobacco representing!

    • Andrew W on November 1, 2014
    • Vitaliy, that's a really cool site! Thanks for sharing. Flatticus and Pylorns (and everyone else on reddit really), thank you all for helping make the /r/pipetobacco the great resource it is!

    • Jim on November 1, 2014
    • I use Pipedia all the time -- very highly recommended! I'd also point out tobaccopipecollectors.com -- not for the top ten, but I think it deserves honorable mention.

    • Dr. Marcus Mihail on May 17, 2015
    • Thank you for your pipe smokers resources. I'm sure will learn a great deal and am pleased to join your mailing list.
      Dr. Mihail

    • Andrew W on May 18, 2015
    • You're welcome Dr. Mihail! Welcome aboard; we're glad to have you!

    • Luis Carroza on September 7, 2015
    • Do you now some pipes´s website in spanish?

    • Linwood on April 16, 2016
    • Would you all mind if we put a link to this page on the Conclave Of Richmond Pipe Smokers (CORPS) links page? This is a very comprehensive listing! Thank you for it, btw.

    • Adam O'Neill on April 17, 2016
    • @Linwood Not at all! Have you seen our glossary? https://www.smokingpipes.com/smokingpipesblog/glossary.cfm

    • Scott J on May 9, 2016
    • I have to disagree with pipesmokerforum.com They seem to restrict membership or can't seem to figure out there scripting issues. Impossible site to register and login to.

    • Adam O'Neill on May 11, 2016
    • @Scott J Huh, that's unfortunate. They're a lovely bunch over there with a trove of information, if you still have issues registering send us an email and I'll see if we can't talk to the admins.

    • Scott J on May 12, 2016
    • "send us an email and I'll see if we can't talk to the admins."

      Sorta what I am talking about. Not a top 10 resource if you have to jump thru a bunch of hoop's to be accepted. I tried messaging them many times, just not worth it with so many other great places with great info. Thanks for trying.

    • Cid on May 12, 2016
    • Hey Scott J maybe when this post went up 20 mos. ago that wasnt the case you know??

    • Scott J on May 12, 2016
    • Just tried to register 3 minutes ago, so sorry Cid:

      Internal Server Error

      The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.

      Please contact the server administrator, webmaster@pipesmokersforum.com and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

      More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    • Cid on May 13, 2016
    • Scott J all i'm trying to say is that when this article was written almost TWO YEARS AGO pipesmokersforums was alive and well but your busting SmokingPipes chops like they posted the the article last week with a bad link. just trying to add some perspective here

    • Adam O'Neill on May 13, 2016
    • @Scott J I absolutely agree that if you can't register it's probably not that helpful. As @Cid mentioned, PSF wasn't having these issues at the time, but you're right in that we need to get this updated. We've been looking at updating this anyway to account for A Passion For Pipes being closed, but were hoping to wait and see if the content was going to get a new home before just dropping it off of the list.

      We're looking into other resources for you and will update soon.

    • Eric G on August 10, 2016
    • @Scott J I just wanted to mention that I joined in May and while it wasn't the easiest to join, it does work. I think they make it a little difficult on purpose so they can screen out anti-smoking trolls and the like. I'm not sure of that but that's my assumption from the screening questions they asked. Pipesmokersforum.com is a great forum and was worth jumping through some hoops to get into. I wish you luck!

    • Brian H on September 30, 2016
    • Wow..regarding PSF. I registered and everything was cool for about 3 days. All of a sudden I kept getting errors loading the site and when I tried to login. Can't seem to get it to work now any device...and can't reach any mods. Shame, it seemed like a cool forum.

    • publictakeover on March 9, 2017
    • www.pipes.org

    • Chico on July 21, 2017
    • I have to disagree about PSF. There are some great people there but admin rules with an iron fist and will ban you at the drop of a hat with no explanation, and no chance to talk about it. Not very cool after being a contributing and respected member of the community for over 2 years with thousands of posts, reviews, etc.

    • Fr. Tom on May 29, 2018
    • Give PSF 2.0 a try.

      https://pipesmokersforums.com/


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