As soon as Extra, Expensive Lads, As soon as Extra

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Ah, the thrill of spring. April showers bringing Could flowers, timber budding, birds flitting in suits of pleasure, and hope springing everlasting. As our good friend e.e. cummings stated, “at all times it’s spring and everybody’s in love”.  Ah, love, sure, above all love.

Have you ever ever fallen in love?  With a pipe, that’s. Sure, pricey brothers of the briar, a pipe so fetching you might be mesmerized by its glimmering magnificence.

Let’s return some years. The Pundit was in an Alabama brick and mortar pipes and tobacco store (reminiscence says it was The Briary in Homewood) when naturally, the topic of pipes and tobacco took heart stage within the dialog. The genteel chap behind the counter requested me if I had ever considered proudly owning a Claudio Cavicchi pipe?

Effectively, no. For again in these youthful days I’d by no means even heard of a Cavicchi pipe, not to mention a Claudio Cavicchi.

“Oh,” stated the gentleman behind the counter, “we’ve solely a pair right here. One is a beautiful Canadian.”

The Canadian was a blond magnificence. I used to be moonstruck with thunderbolt love and pulled out my skinny pockets. I threw in a pouch of Virginia tobacco to interrupt in my new magnificence.

“You received’t be upset,” he referred to as out after me.

That Cavicchi hit me like a dancing string of lightning. It was a shimmering slim magnificence, purity of line and spirit.

I grew to become fascinated and wished to know every little thing I might concerning the precise Mister Claudio Cavicchi.

Lo, he was however a humble Italian farmer. However upon finding out nature in his day by day life, and experiencing renewal and development from the Earth, Claudio in the future determined he might craft pipes in addition to crops.

He grew to become an artisanal pipe maker, a craftsman of world-renown, a grasp of design. Expensive reader, there’s a world of science and physics concerned in his pipe creations and immaculate stains that simply make the pipe’s grain glow.

His meticulousness gave rise to his distinctive grading system starting from a single “C” to a quintuple of “Cs.” Extra “Cs” interprets to increased grades of briar.

Claudio additionally creates his seldom seen Perla in addition to the extraordinarily uncommon “Diamante,” each absolute zeniths of the Cavicchi line.

However as youth are sometimes unpredictable and generally dismay us elders with distinctive logic (strengths, my pricey lads, for you usher within the new and maintain us elders on our toes and we thanks for doing so!) so was I in these years so way back. 

And for causes I nonetheless can’t fathom, I let a pal discuss me into buying and selling my pretty Cavicchi Canadian for some kind of English pipe.

Trying again in time from this wizened vantage, I have to ask myself: what on the earth was I pondering?

“Nothing, apparently” is the one reply the universe has thus far offered.

That commerce bothered me a few years.

Till this spring, that’s pricey reader.

For causes I can’t fathom, luck favored me once more with the latest discovery of one other lovely blond Cavicchi Canadian.

Sure, the value had gone up a bit, however that didn’t matter. I needed to have the Canadian’s return to my valuable herd. It was ordered together with one other pouch of Virginia, identical to the primary iteration of so way back.

The brand new blond magnificence smoked splendidly nicely, simply as did the unique I let get away. Solely this Canadian was a barely higher Cavicchi grade.  Relaxation assured, it now holds down a everlasting place within the Pundit rotation.

I can see the wrinkles in your faces:  Nevertheless it’s simply one other Canadian, and why the Virginia tobacco to christen a brand new pipe?

Effectively, my pals, in case you have not but tried a Cavicchi, it’s just like the briar and leaf Meister behind that pipe and tobacco counter in Alabama stated so way back, “You received’t be upset.”

For Claudio has that the majority sacred and, anymore at the very least, uncommon energy: an agrarian connection to the land.  A farmer who, to know success, attunes himself to nature’s rhythms and mysteries, beguilements, and cycles.  As Pearl S. Buck stated in The Good Earth, “and roots, if they’re to bear fruits, have to be saved nicely within the soil of the land.”

For in any case, what’s briar however a root ball remodeled by wooden sculptors?

Should you want extra encouragement, take a look at two great items on Claudio:


I really like these strains from Chuck’s perception into Cavicchi’s artistry: “This can be a craftsman who is aware of pipes from many views. He is aware of what makes a pipe smoke nicely and what makes a pipe look lovely. He is aware of allure the briar to his bidding.”

Now, regarding tobacco, when you surprise at Pundit’s desire for pure Virginia, please confer with the late and lamented McClelland No. 5100 Purple Cake.

I discovered the Virginia break-in trick from a veteran pipe smoker, a medical physician in reality, who taught me to at all times break in a brand new pipe with Virginia due to its skill to rid a brand new bowl of any lingering baddies and thereby put together it for nearly any kind of future tobacco mix you throw at it.

His alternative was McClelland’s 5100 Purple Cake.

That’s as a result of Virginia tobaccos (together with burleys, perique, and Cavendish) play such a major function in at the moment’s blends. In olden instances, pipe people who smoke pulled out a pouch of pure burley, loaded up, and smoked by the day. In the present day’s blenders are magicians, true cooks of tobacco blends.

Now the Pundit is not any tobacco blender, however I’m at the very least good sufficient to abide the recommendation of veterans.

Should you’ll enable me to linger on the subject of blends, I’ll share with you by means of the Chicagoland Pipe Present that Virginia slices are a good selection when breaking in tobacco blends as nicely.

And pricey reader, when you haven’t but tried Iwan Reis’s Virginia Slices, you have to pattern this delicacy at your earliest event.

Virginia Slices depart a fond farewell on the tongue whereas on the similar second caking your pipe’s bowl with a scrumptious reminiscence for future blends to affix.

I attempt to maintain some readily available only for these instances once I muse on what has been and what’s to return.

Now, skip to a different journey from previous to current when you please.

Again in his early life in school as an English Literature main, Pundit took a 12 months of Shakespeare.

It was, to say the least, a troublesome 12 months. Beneath the attention of a real Shakespearean scholar, Professor’s expectation was English majors would excel.  A’s have been acceptable. B’s have been undignified.

He had no nice concern for different courses one is perhaps taking.  Physics with the esteemed professor who helped manufacture the atomic bomb?  Earth-shattering to make sure, however in the end a sensible material regarding the heroic warrior.  However the Bard of Avon?  His was the area of artists, thinkers, writers, and poets who someway wring tangible phrases from wispy ideas and imaginings to provide us glimpses of our stoic pasts, our enduring presents, and our inconceivable futures. No plebian issues right here regardless of how earth-shattering.  Shakespearean literature underneath Professor was the priority of the dignified. 

I used to be infatuated with The Bard however attempting to get the Olde English language collective embedded right into a deep Georgia (Jawja) drawl was like translating an alien tongue.

However I made it by, someway.

And regardless of the difficulties of sustaining a excessive grade, this was my favourite course.

Now, the explanation you might be getting this teary return to the previous (“As soon as extra unto the breach, pricey pals, as soon as extra”), is well defined.

Peterson of Dublin simply launched its “Bard of Avon” pipe along with Shakespeare’s birthday, 458 years in the past this April 23. Sure, pricey pals, Pundit bought the newly launched Bard pipe from Peterson of Dublin.

Naturally, your Pundit sprang into motion, unable to overlook a historic return to youthful lecture rooms and to listen to as soon as once more Professor quote the best author within the English language:

“This above all: to thine personal self be true,
“And it should observe, because the night time the day,
“Thou canst not then be false to any man.”― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

And because the promo says at SPC on the day of the discharge of the Peterson Bard pipe, “Whether or not accompanying a rereading of Hamlet or taken for a stroll across the park, the Bard is bound to enchantment to pipe fans eager for a singular pipe design with genuine classic enchantment.”

As soon as extra, pricey lads, as soon as extra.

Two lovelies from masters of pipe craftsmanship. Left is the Claudio Cavicchi Canadian and at proper is the newly launched Bard of Avon by Peterson. (Picture by Fred Brown)

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