I must say that from my lurking this seems like a great friendly community. Until 1.5 years ago I had smoked nothing except second hand smoke and that one puff I had of a cigarette when I was 13, then in the lead up to my best friends wedding I had 2 cigars (as he had found this new interest since I was last in the states) and one more last time I visited. The thing is whilst I enjoyed it, especially as a social thing the price and nature of cigars just didn't have much appeal. Well recently another friend got a pipe for his birthday and I have gotten to try a couple of half bowls and was surprised (as I was with cigars) that I liked it. Especially as I really have not been able to stand 90% of cigarette smoke all my life.
Any way to cut to the chase I am heavily looking into getting my own pipe soon, I would like to give my friends pipe another try (hopefully with improving technique) and scout out tobacconists around here.