I've been a cigar and pipe smoker for years and have had the fortune of putting together a pretty nice collection of high grade pipes. For various reason, I always tended to gravitate more toward cigars though and that has been my primary "go to" for my tobacco fix for a long time.
After browing various forums (including this one of course) and reading around for the past months, it really hit me that I need to clean up my pipes and get back in to the hobby. Besides, it's kind of embarassing to have a rack full of Castello, Ferndown, Dunhill, etc just sitting the collecting dust
So, over the past month I've been really enjoying the briar quite a bit. I've managed to add a few pipes to the collection of my old favorites and also went an a PTAD rampage rebuilding my inventory of blends to enjoy. It's been a lot of fun starting out new, trying things I never would have bothered with in the past, and just enjoying the fun factor of it all despite feeling alomst like a total newb trying to get the feel of it all over again. I had the typical one week learning curve complete with some tongue bite that a little Biotene fixed right up for me. I also called up Cornell & Diehl and ordered a few pounds of some random bulk blends including some aromatic/english crossover stuff that has been fantastic. Last count I think I was up to something around 25 sealed tins (mostly C&D, Gawith, and McClelland) plus some various bulk stuff.
Anyhow, just thought I'd share my story of renewed interest with you gents and look forward hanging around here more.