Pipe Smoking Blogs

The subject of ‘blogs’ (short for web logs) and ‘blogging’ (to read, write, or edit a shared on-line journal) is one of particular interest to us here at Carey’s Pipe & Tobacco Shop for a number of reasons, not least because in simple form it is precisely what I am doing right now! But finding a quality blog for any subject, let alone the niche pastime of tobacco pipes and pipe smoking, has proven to be somethng of a challenge. Too often blogs seem to veer wildly off course, becoming more about the author(s) than the content. I have read blogs that left me feeling cheated as it became clear that they were designed not to enlight, share or educate but really to rant, rave or sell. And then there are those that quite simply go off subject so fast you never quite know what you might end up reading about!

Which is why I was delighted to stumble upon Neill’s Blog on A Passion for Pipes. Blogging with real variety and intelligence Neill covers a raft of subjects on his well constructed site. Clearly based in the USA, where pipe smoking appears to be going through something of a resurgence at present, the author and co-contributors obviously have a passion for the subject and apparently no axe to grind, and its all done at a wonderful pipe-smoking pace. Well worth a look and we’d be interested to know your thoughts below… and of course if there are any suggestions of other quality pipe blogs, please also let us know.

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5 Responses to Pipe Smoking Blogs

  1. I bought a beautiful NARGI water pipe at a estate sale and I cannot find out any information on the internet about it, except it is hard to find and very rare. I would like to know the value of it and if a collector would be interested in buying it. Any help would be appreciated.

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Hi Mr Davidson. Unfortunately this really isn’t a part of pipe smoking that we are overly familiar with. My basic research suggested that Nargi is the short form of Nargile, the Turkish word for a water pipe (like Sheesha or Hookah). But other than that I could find no reference to Nargi. Sorry we can’t help but maybe someone reading this will have an idea…

    • avatar Jim Barber says:

      Mr. Davidson,

      I know all about the Nargi water pipe. My grandfather, Ernest Borglin, and his friend, Toby David, developed and manufactured the Nargi pipe in the 1950′s in Detroit. My grandfather, an entrepreneur, and Toby David, a local TV personality, partnered in the venture. Unfortunately, the pipe never took hold in the marketplace and the production was very limited.

      None of the family members have a Nargi pipe today, although at one point we all had one. I would love to have a picture of your pipe if you would be kind enough to email one to me. You have my email address above.

      With most of the grandkids growing up in the 1960′s and 1970′s, we used to call the Nargi pipe the “pocket bong.”

      I hope to hear from you.


      Jim Barber
      Kingwood, Texas

    • avatar Marcus says:

      Thanks for the information Mr Barber – what a great story. I have forwarded your details to Mr Davidson so hopefully he will be in touch.

  2. avatar John Taylor says:

    I certainly agree regarding the quality of Neill’s website, which not only provides his unique perspective, but is also a very informative resource. It is very professionaly delivered. Neill is also a member of an online forum of which I have been a member for many years.

    I would also recommend http://www.pipesmagazine, although this is probably more of an e-magazine than a blog. Try also NASPC (North American Society of Pipe Collectors) and Pipes and Tobacco Magazine. Both provide e-versions of their excellent publications. Can’t provide their web addresses off hand, but you should be able to google them easily. I should just add that these are both subscription publications, but well worth the money in my opinion.

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