Above and Beyond…

Yesterday, I came home after a long day at work and was surprised to find a box sitting on my front porch. I hadn’t ordered anything recently so I was a bit confused as to what it could be. Seeing as how I’m a world famous pipe blogger I was a little worried that maybe a crazed fan had mailed me a severed head or something… Unfortunately the box was a little to small for a head, (maybe next time) so I brought it in the house and opened it. What I found inside was even better than a human head. Okay, maybe not “better” but every bit as good as a human head.


So here’s the deal… A few weeks before Thanksgiving I contacted a fellow blogger, pipe enthusiast, artisan and friend named Tim who restores estate pipes and showcases them on his blog Pipes Revival. Having read many of his posts I knew that he strange, unnatural love of Custombilt pipes and a really awesome collection of them. At some point it dawned on me that I had a few Custombilt pipes knocking around in my own collection and I wasn’t really doing anything with them. I contacted Tim and asked if he would be willing to give them a good home, feed them, cuddle them… you get the idea… So a day or two later I boxed them up and sent them off to live with Tim at his Custombilt Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, happy in the knowledge that they would be cared for and loved.

Now, getting back to the box… Inside I found a note from Tim thanking me again for the Customebilt pipes under the note I found… Well, nothing could have prepared me for what I found and words can’t express my gratitude. Honestly, I’m not even going to try. What I will say is that the people I have met in the pipe community are some of the most amazing humans on the planet and my friend Tim is a fantastic example of this.

Tim, you are a gentleman and a scholar, thank you so very much!

I opened the box and found this…

A hoard of tobacco!
A restored meerschaum pipe.
Tim’s restoration skills are even more amazing in real life.
Almost afraid to smoke this beauty.


One comment

  1. Reblogged this on pipesrevival and commented:
    One good turn deserves another.

    The pipe community is in deed an amazing lot of folks and Clint of Pipes Scoundrel is one of them. The Custombilt pipes are in the works and hopefully I can post one on my blog after Christmas.

    I dig the Se7en quote. I’m fresh out of severed heads but enjoy the pipe & tobacco.

    Happy & Safe Holidays.



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