One or two of my long time readers might remember I am a pipe smoker. Pipes are one of my hobbies and as such something I don't get to enjoy as often as would like. Moderation is key so I guess in this case it's not such a bad thing. Over the past year I have determined that my favorite tobacco bowl is the Peterson's System Pipe 303.
This Premier grade System 303 is the latest addition to my small rotation. I love the lighter stain and low gloss finish of this pipe. The left side of the bowl and shank have beautiful straight grain brought out in dramatic fashion by a late August sun.
I have enjoyed a few half bowls in the pipe smoking slowly to gradually expose the briar to higher temperatures. I don't have a set in stone method for breaking in a new pipe but for this classic Pete I am alternating between a favorite aromatic mixture and a brighter naturally sweet red Virginia and Turkish Izmir blend.
The Peterson System pipe is a design over one hundred years old and still being produced and sold by the by the same company. Amazing! Just like my other 303's this one is a good smoker and a beautiful chunk of briar.
Lastly the following pictures show close ups of the right side of the bowl. This side of the pipe has birdseye and interesting character.