Alpha Puffer Fish
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Los Angeles Area
BTW, the reason you go for the cob pipes is because they're super cheap and you don't have to break them in. With a briar pipe, there's a process where you smoke a bunch of bowls, develop a "cake" etc....you'll get to that. For now, you just want something to stuff some tobacco into and light up. Then I'd layer in some pipe learnin'. You'll want to look up proper packing techniques. Smoke a few more bowls, then think about "cadence" ie smoking too slow, smoking too fast. Keep doing that, and layer in more pipe learnin'. How to light, tamping, different tobaccos, different pipes.
Smoke smoke smoke (learn) more smoke smoke smoke (another layer of learning + common question: why does it taste ashy) smoke smoke smoke (learning layer+ common question: can't keep it lit) smoke smoke smoke (learning layer+question) smoke smoke smoke etc etc
Pretty soon you'll be a pro. You'll be distinguished. You'll be sophisticated. You'll wake up one day and be able to sail a boat. You'll have extensive knowledge of early American literature. You'll be good at woodworking and tying various knots. You'll understand the stock market. You'll be an expert in the philosophy of John Locke. A lot of things happen when you get into smoking pipes.....it's a great thing.