Thursday, 22 March 2007 15:21

I Found It! Pipe Shops Revisited.

3-22-07: Wow, I visited a great pipe shop today! If you're ever in Clarksville, TN, you have to the visit the Briar and Bean. They are currently located in the Clarksville mall but have plans to occupy an old remodeled house sometime this summer. Suffice it to say that if you read my previous entry on Pipe Shops, this is exactly what I've been looking for!

Henry Bailey, the tobacconist in residence there welcomed me right off and filled my pipe with one of the house blends (a nice full english) . I lighted up and really enjoyed the smoke, and the visit. I was soon offered a great cup of dark roast coffee, and Henry was kind enough to look over the pipes I'd brought in with me. He seemed quite interested and invited me to set up shop for a day when they're in their new location. Hopefully I can make a variety pipes, some finished, and some in various stages of completion and figure out some sort of portable set up to work on them while there. It would be great to visit with the folks that come in, and perhaps sell a pipe or two.

I'm really excited to find Briar and Bean--a great treasure, and not so very far from home. I'm looking forward to more visits and having an opportunity to show some pipes there later this year. Stay tuned!