Boswell and Johs: a comparison of handmade pipes

I finally had a chance to smoke a new Boswell partially-rusticated bent brandy pipe a couple of months ago when it was still warm out. I also got the chance to smoke the Johs sandblasted bent brandy I got even further back but had forgotten about. Is that a sign I don’t need any more pipes? Probably. All the same, it had been a while since Sheldon the tortoise went on a field trip, and that’s always the perfect excuse for a smoke.

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Boswell Pipes: Loud, proud, and hand-made in the USA

Just about all of the pipes I’ve ever owned were manufactured mechanically, mostly through the use of something called a fraising machine that reproduces copies of an original master design from a company’s shape chart like a primitive CNC set-up or a 3D printer that replicates the cuts that slice up wooden blocks. To get a truly handmade pipe, conventional wisdom states that you’ve got to pony up funds that are beyond the threshold of what a normal person like you or me would be likely to spend.

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