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And as the twelve year old kid was still somewhat in me (but not to the extent of altering the finish of any pipe) I would study all the pipes in my collection- trying to learn their secrets.All through the sixties and seventies my interest grew. I had read the few books and magazines on the subject of briar pipes, and my need to know only increased.So I sought out those brands also (Castello and Caminetto being two that come immediately to mind) and gleaned more knowledge concerning acrylic mouthpieces and hand rustication. My ads were not producing a great deal at this point, and some of my collector pals had expressed interest in new pipes so…. Some time later I received twenty four Dunhill pipes in a Principal Pipe Dealer’s Cabinet… So I wrote to Dunhill, London and asked if I could have a look round.In time I had a little mailing list (never over forty names) of collectors to whom I would periodically mail what I guess would be called inventory sheets of the pipes I had to sell. As I knew the Dunhill pipe very well indeed I decided to become a Dunhill Principal Pipe Dealer. As I received a positive response I left for London in the fall of 1979.Now that I was a retailer of Dunhill briar pipes I wanted more, but only a little more… The brand was then distributed by Hollco-Rohr and so I wrote to them expressing interest. Stunned, I decided that if the normal channel is closed I would have to find an alternate. At the train station I found the train for Cantu and boarded.
I smoked the pipe of course, but didn’t like it much. And Ireallydidn’t like the shiny surface of that pipe.
Didn’t even smoke this one before I started in changing its appearance. Made that pipe look as if it had gone through all sorts of catastrophes and come out sort of all right. My pipe smoking kind of ebbed and flowed over the next several years, but didn’t really amount to much.