Pipe Portrait … Peterson of Dublin “Birr Castle” (2010; Reconditioned, 2012)

The Birr Castle is my favourite
of any pipe since 1985.

A very ‘solid’ piece of briar,
I had used extensively both at sea
and sitting atop a dry stone wall
to enjoy the sights and sounds of
the Scottish Border scenery.

After two years of care and appreciation,
it was retired to, after being
thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned,
sit behind the glass doors of my desk,
where I could simply enjoy looking at it.

What will be evident in the photograph
is that, prior to the cleaning process,
I took great care to gently remove
and discard the silver band
which had never been to my taste
due to its enlarged, childish,
‘crown’ motif which seemed to fairly
leap out from the silver band.

Beautifully rubbed down with mineral oil
(massaged for a half-hour or so between
cupped hands – much like one would a
activate a wet bar of soap),

looking at it brings back fond memories
of quiet times …

The stem is ebonite on a rustic finish.
The weight of the pipe is slightly over
2 ounces – despite its robust appearance
and ‘feel’ making it seem too heavy to
simply be such a standard weight.

A wonderful pipe indeed.


Anyone who might be interested in sober-minded,
sensible conversation, thoughts, or answers-to-queries
about “Countryman’s Methods” or the “old fashioned”
pipe smoking topics that I had offered on YouTube
in 2008, may feel perfectly free to leave a comment:

I am always interested in ‘talking pipes and tobacco’
without the Carnival Atmosphere that led me to leave
the Internet after 2010.

Thank you for stopping by today –
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this fine pipe.

Sincerely, PL