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During college in Boston I smoked a tobacco pipe. Not just any pipe, but a really lovely, handmade Dunhill Bruyere that I enjoyed very much, it made me feel less like a poor college student, and more like a gentleman, living on Beacon Hill. It offered an air of class when I had very little more than an apartment in a student ghetto on the back side of Beacon Hill.

I used to love the assertively scented burley and softer, sweeter cavendish tobacco that just the very smoke itself harkened memories of revolution dating back to the Colonial Era in Boston. It was something that set me apart from my cigarette and weed smoking college peers at Emerson College.

Tobacco smoking has quite the history in New England and pipe smoking would have been a sign of a certain kind of class. A gentleman would often smoke a fine tobacco pipe. His tobacco would have been shipped in a many times used rum cask for their long, humid trip across the unyielding ocean. Madeira and to a lesser extent, Port Wine would make the arduous trek across the often tempestuous seas, acting as ballast against the waves. Early sailing vessels with their hemp sails and lines were not known for their speed, nor comfort. Wooden rum casks (now empty) would serve to preserve the pipe tobacco against harmful moisture which causes mold. If the tobacco is well-aged, the time resting in the cask will impart exotic aromatics and flavors of the molasses distillate into the pipe tobacco. In this way rum and tobacco are historic friends.

As a former professional rum judge, I learned that one of the oldest owners of rum stocks and tobacco flavoring companies is not from the Caribbean as I would have initially thought, but from Amsterdam, that companies name is Scheer. Good to know if you study history, vices and distillation. Cannabis fits right into this history, I can’t imagine that the sailors were smoking the expensive tobacco. They were smoking indian hemp. After all, their sails were made of hemp as were the lines on the boats, so they had to be smoking it too.

Tobacco and I are strange bedfellows as I never smoked cigarettes and really cannot tolerate their aroma. I did enjoy the calming qualities of certain fine English pipe tobaccos and they offered a more traditional relaxation during my often stressful college years. I suppose it’s the same reasoning, from a more modern perspective, the art of holding a cell-phone in your hand. It feels comfortable to hold a handcrafted tobacco pipe in my hand, just like it’s comforting to have my cell-phone in grasp, even if I’m not actually using it. But what about holding a glass cannabis pipe in my hand?

That my friends would attract the wrong kind of attention from the local constabulary.

Out here on the changing legal perimeter in New Jersey, unless you have a verified New Jersey State medical card for the use of cannabis products, holding that glass weed pipe in your hand is just not advised. You will absolutely attract all the wrong kind of attention. What you need is a fine tobacco pipe to smoke. One that doesn’t shout- I smoke cannabis!

A tobacco pipe? Well, only in a manner of speaking. As I framed this article, an elegant looking hand-turned tobacco pipe is never going to attract attention, at least the kind of attention that might get you detained for an undetermined period of time. There is the other side to the cannabis pipe equation. That would be the design element. Something that is extremely important to me. The Hemson Goods cannabis pipe looks darned good. I’m excited to smoke it in public. Maybe not the stinky, gas scented-crushed pine needle bomb that I’m used to. But it would certainly raise an eyebrow or two for those who could swear they smell burning cannabis, but there are no dodgy sorts around smoking it? I hope that I make a good presentation when I smoke my Hemson Goods pipe. I like it.

Hemson Goods, located in Ontario, Canada is manufacturing elegant smoking pipes for the new-traditionalist cannabis imbiber. What? Do you mean to say that Hemson is making classic-appearing tobacco pipes for cannabis?

That’s exactly the gist of it. An elegant smoking pipe that offers you deep pleasure no matter what the materials that you imbibe. The kind of pleasure that comes with smoking the finest flowers, that’s what are in my pipe.

The Hemson Goods cannabis pipe is shaped simply. There is the hand carved bowl and plastic stem, well weighted and comfortable in my hand. The bowl itself is about a half-inch across and made of ceramic. It’s cool to the touch when you smoke from it, but I would never recommend using a torch to light it. This is an elegant work of art, why use something so forceful? You’re not going to be smoking concentrates out of it.

I did test the Hemson Goods Broyeur Canadienne with a lovely hand-rolled snake of extra long burning Green Bodhi hash, just to see how it smoked. The answer is darned good. The polished ceramic bowl that fits neatly inside the walnut pipe is neither conspicuous, nor does it shout cannabis pipe. It’s just right size for an accompaniment. A clean glass filled with some funky Rhum Agricole from Martinique. Smoking a pipe keeps it classy, a snifter of Rhum, a pipe of Bodhi Green, I’m a relaxed and a happy man indeed.

Hemson makes a righteous grinder. I couldn’t resist getting one of those because it looked like the Danish peppermill on my childhood table, growing up in New Jersey. The design is completely Danish Modern to my eye. You’d never know what it is exactly if I didn’t tell you that there is no place to crush pepper. Mine resembles a more angular Peugot pepper mill, the one from France. But this one is all angles. It’s gorgeous. Hand turned and pure, smooth elegance. This is what great design is all about, it’s purposeful and it’s built to last a long time like classic architecture.

I’m throwing out my old grinders (except for the HOJ), because this one gushes modern style, architecture and the unmistakable quality of a mid-century modern finish. I’m impressed by this design and I am using it often. It looks really good on my desk against my Danish design lamp.

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