Rethinking the Retort

A retort is a fairly simple device used to clean and sanitize the interior of a briar pipe. Most pipe smokers are familiar with the concept. Some sort of glass container is used to boil alcohol and a tube transfers the hot vapor to the interior of the pipe via the stem. There are a … Continue reading Rethinking the Retort

The Eye of the Beholder

It is a summer afternoon in the late 70s. I’m kneeling on the wooden floor of an attic helping my grandfather extend the plywood floor across more of the ceiling joists in order to gain some additional storage space. We finished for the day and began to stand in the cramped space available. I, a … Continue reading The Eye of the Beholder