Pipe Smoking 101

I thought this was a very good post and wanted to share for those who are think of starting up a chapter of the Pint, Pipe and Cross Club.

The Catholic Gentleman

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as a good pipe—the sweet scent, the smoke rising in gentle clouds, the feel of finely crafted briar in your hand. Then add a good conversation with another man, or even just gazing into space while sitting on your front porch, and you get a wonderful, time-honored, and manly hobby.

Since starting this blog, I have gotten a number of comments and questions about pipe smoking. It’s understandable, as smoking has a long and venerable tradition among men, and especially among Catholics. G.K. Chesterton, Pope St. Pius X, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Evelyn Waugh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Hilaire Belloc, and St. Damian of Molokai are just some of the famous Catholic smokers. If you take up smoking, you’re in good company.

Because I’ve gotten so many inquiries on this hobby, I’ve decided to share a few basics on how to get started.

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