And I was equally excited when Don Fuhr, himself an up and coming pipe maker bought #111, a smooth Poker with a Holy accent, and Joe Ketcherside bought #116, a nice little blasted apple with a Boxwood endcap (I bet I could have sold that pipe several times), and Carl Staudenmyer finally pulled the trigger after checking out my pipes at several shows and bought #115, a smooth Volcano with a boxwood accent, and my entry into the show's first pipe carving contest.
Kansas City is a special show in that the club has decided to focus their efforts on attracting and featuring American pipe makers. This year marked the first where they did that in part with a pipe making contest, which was a huge success. Look for a feature in an upcoming Pipes and Tobacco magazine issue about this event. The theme this year was Volcanoes, seven of which were chosen by the judges to become part of a special 7 day set, which was then raffled off.
I had some great visits at the show. Todd Johnson and Bruce Weaver were there, and it was great to visit with them. I also met Keith Moore from Uptowns Smoke Shop, who expressed an interest in carrying my pipes and was very helpful and encouraging in critiquing several of them.
As if this were not enough, while I was in Kansas City I had several E-mails from a new friend and collector in Romania who bought two pipes while I was at the show and commissioned three more! While I was on vacation and after getting home I sold all the rest of my available pipes off of the website, I think several of them due in large part to the buzz that resulted from events at the show. Thanks to all of you for making this wonderful adventure of mine possible! Speaking of which, I need to get this posted and work on a pipe!