Dave Shain started smoking a pipe back in 2007. He loved everything about the hobby, the tobacco, the tastes, the pipes, and the community. Between local pipe smoking friends and online groups he learned a great deal about proper methods and where to buy tobaccos.
As his passion for the hobby grew so did his desire to teach others just as he had been taught. Early on, Dave learned about restoring pipes. It was a great way to get pipes that he might not otherwise be able to afford. Dave found great fulfillment in taking old pipes well loved by their previous owners and restoring them to their former glory. Pipe restoration took Dave to places he never thought possible, and in 2017 Dave won the Master of Pipes award from the Chicago Pipe Collectors Club for Dave’s charitable works through The Free Pipe Project.
The Free Project was started by Dave in order to help new pipe smokers and those in our military, especially those deployed get their hands on quality restored pipes and tobaccos. The idea came from Dave’s firsthand experience of generosity and care from the wider pipe community when he was a new smoker. Since the first box went out over 4 years ago, Dave and the pipe community have sent out over 400 pipes and 100 pounds of tobacco to new pipe smokers and our military. The project and interacting with pipes smokers from all over the world has given Dave a passion to take his pipe journey to the next level.
That is where the idea for this site came from, helping pipe and cigar smokers find products to enhance their smoking journeys whether it be new pipes, estate pipes, vintage tobaccos, cigar accessories, or other merchandise. Dave’s vision is to have a pipe shop like of old, a one stop shop for all of your smoking needs.