I've been smoking something or other for the past 27yrs, minus 4 years that I quit altogether. I was gifted my first briar and tobacco about 10 years ago by my sister, so I have her to thank for this pleasant passtime. I always enjoyed pipe tobacco and pipe smoking but didn't make it a multiple-bowl-daily thing until the last year or so. So in some ways you could call me a "lifer", in another way "experienced", and yet another way "newbie-ish". But having come to understand our art a little better I can safely say I've been a pipe smoker in spirit all my life.
I wnet three or four years with nothing but my free Gabrow and free CaptainBlack. The wife is a former Lane sales rep. When that all went away( about this time last year) I came across these forums and found a new world.
Never again will I have 'enough pipes'.
Never again will I have enough smoke in the cellar.
from 74 till 86 smoked a greener variety from non-traditional pipes
but didnt start smoking the good stuff till about 4 months ago.
now have a dozen pipes and about as many different kinds of tobacco.
my cigarette consumption has went from 40 to about 12 cigs a day.
Bought my first pipe the day I turned 18. It was a Dr. Grabow straight billiard. Still have the pipe, and smoke out of it on occasion. In my family we hold on to things for a very long time. My youngest son who is turning 17 in Febuary. Has thought about smoking pipe when he is 18. I look foward to going with him to buy his first pipe.