When I started getting into pipe collecting 10 years ago I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I started by looking at shapes & things that intrigued my eye. Interesting rustication techniques. Unique applications of all sorts. Big & bold color. Ardor pipes were several of my first 5 pipes. I was essentially randomly buying a moment that intrigued me. I didn’t have a real foundation to work off of & generally had no idea what I was doing. Which is fine. That’s kind of normal when starting something new. A lack of focus eventually starts the process of getting involved with something and allowing the process of trial & error to occur.
I got a big schooling in the classics early on from a pipe guru. Classical shapes, thought & theory was absorbed. That time allowed me to fall in love with the curves in the bent billiard shape & I developed a general respect for the classics. I have around 30 classic shaped pipes, 10 of which are bent billiards.
Soon after that I started to chase what can basically be called – wanting to learn more. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the entire pipe world, especially pipe design.
Wanting to learn as much as possible, I broadened my perspective as wide as possible. I allowed all corners of the pipe world to come in & be explored. Not an easy goal to have but that is what I selected.
TobaccoDays was founded on this idea. Presenting a broad scope of the pipe world and showing us all the wonders it has to offer. Categorizing all the different options available.
It worked very well actually. It enhanced my sensitivities to the various ideas different pipe makers have & I learned a lot by buying so broad. Much was absorbed in many different areas.
For the past 7 years now, my attempt at pipe journalism was guiding the bulk of my buying. Probably 40 pipes in my collection are connected to being intrigued by a single concept I found within one pipe that I just wanted to talk about. Even some of those pipes I question frankly. Was I buying for my journey? Was I buying for TobaccoDays? Was my journey my own? Lots of questions.
Ultimately we all want to learn more. Enhancing the act of collecting is a goal we all share. We want to be better, to improve. We want the next pipe to fit better to what we think we like. We want to make less buying mistakes. We dont want to sell our pipes. We want to have some sort of goal for our collection.
I do believe its time for a new phase for my collection. I need to refine & select the next step. The next goal.
It seems like there are a lot of people in the same boat. I see a lot of selling going on, of both new & old pipes these days. It appears I am not alone in this search for ‘what could be next for my collection?’.
I am looking forward to what comes next.
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