Wanted to ask and see if you guys have ever met any well-known pipe makers, what you learned from them, and what your observations were. (Besides the awesome ones around here. ) (Be forewarned. When I meet someone that I admire for their craft, I can be a bit of a fanboy.) A little while back, I had the privilege of going to the Briary in Birmingham for a pipe show. Peder Jepsen was there with his Neerup pipes and Erik Stokkybe was there as well. (Probably just butchered their names). Peder was a super great guy. Really humble and down to earth. He said he does everything, but has his son help occasionally and one other guy. He had a whole spread of pipes to select from. I snagged the one I have in my profile pic. But the one I REALLY wanted was the one he was smoking. Wow. It was short and a little stubby. He made it for a company in Germany who had him make only 300 of that model before he broke the mold. It was gorgeous. I couldnt decide between two pipes so I asked him which one he'd choose. Naturally I picked the one he went with. Erik wasn't quite as talkative. He was nice though. I watched him smoke his pipe and he definitely inhaled a lot. I also learned that he is a 4th generation tobacconist (thus the name of his latest tobacco) but he sold his actual name to some other company (I think Villiger). So nothing with his name on it actually comes from him anymore other than the 4th generation stuff. It was pretty funny. He had all 4 4th generation tobaccos out and I asked him which were his favorites. He pointed them out and I bought the only one he didnt mention. ("You like these? Okay, well, I'll take that one"). It was an aromatic that was named after his great-great granddaddy who I dont think even smoked a pipe. He actually had a special line of pipes that went with each tobacco that were handmade by Peder. They were the first 4 to be offered....probably should have bought one. But I did have Erik sign the tin I bought...yeah, the tin was $20. $10 of that was how much I liked it and the other 10 was a souvenir. You guys ever meet anyone and have similar stories?