Enjoy your pipe

How to select your first pipe?

The house of Gubbels considers an inexpensive pipe as your first a probable recipe for disaster as you are likely to buy a pipe with some serious mechanical problems, which will give you a hell of a time trying to learn to smoke a pipe!


Selecting a pipe is a subtle though complex exercise, involving aesthetics, mechanical and financial considerations:


You must enjoy the look and feel of your pipe. That’s our first rule: buy pipes you like. The best advice is that you look at lots of pipes and pipe styles. Sooner or later a pipe tells you  “take me home”.


Second rule is, that pipes must be constructed in a way that bring you pleasure from smoking it. Especially for beginning pipe smokers a pipe should be easy to clean and lit.


Our third rule is that you buy the absolute best pipe you can afford! You can’t go wrong by buying quality.


The house of Gubbels guarantees best quality in every aspect, aesthetics, mechanics and financials...
For a beginner, choose a BigBen. The seasoned pipe smoker will want to look at our Hilson collection.
And those of you who really want to get something special visit our Bentley collection.


Enjoy Your Pipe
  1. Find a pipe that suits you. 
  2. Experiment with different tobaccos in order to find a preference.
  3. Pack the pipe. 
  4. Light the pipe with a wooden match or a butane pipe lighter.
  5. Puff slowly and rhythmically. 
  6. Tamp the tobacco gently.
  7. Make sure you smoke your pipe to the end to create a nice 'cake',
  8. Your pipe should be cleaned after each smoke. 
  9. Store your pipe unloaded and clean as reasonably possible with the stem upwards.


Pack the pipe
Light the pipe with a wooden match or a butane pipe lighter
Tamp the tobacco gently
Your pipe should be cleaned after each smoke
Your pipe should be cleaned after each smoke
Pipe cleaners: what's the story?

Pipe cleaners can be used for many applications. The main one being: removing moisture and residue form smoking pipes. A pipe cleaner is small and bendable. It is made of two lengths of wire, called the core, twisted together trapping short lengths of fiber between them, called the pile. Pipe cleaners are usually made two at a time, as the inner wires of each pipe cleaner have the yarn wrapped around them, making a coil, the outer wires trap the wraps of yarn, which are then cut, making the tufts. Chenille yarn is made in much the same way, which is why craft pipe cleaners are often called "chenille stems". Chenille is the French word for ‘caterpillar’, whose fur the yarn, and the pipe cleaners, are supposed to resemble.


The average pipe cleaner is 15 - 17 cm long. This makes it long enough to reach any place in the stem of your pipe. And next to that: it makes it long enough to use it for any application needed to make your life easer. (Tip: wind a pipe cleaner around bottlenecks to catch drips, no stains anymore!)

Spot the difference

To spot the difference between the values of pipes it's helpful to know the age of the wood used, its grain pattern and the wood's overall "finish". Most wooden pipes are
made of a very hard wood called briar. Pipes made of old briarwood are lighter and more porous than the ones made by younger briarwood. Briar pipes can be finished
in three different ways: smooth, sandblast or carved, or rusticated. The grain pattern, which can be seen on the pipe, is simply an aesthetic preference and does not affect
the quality.


The remarkable patterns possible in briar do make every pipe one-of-a-kind. The intricate lines in the grain were put in place over many years in a difficult climate.

We are excited to offer you the chance to own a stunning piece of art that truly took a lifetime to create. The immense time necessary for briarwood growth, the effort

to harvest it, its natural beauty, and the careful craftsmanship are the variables that make Gubbels Pipes exceptional and of indefinable value.

Make your pipe shine!

Of course you want your pipe to ‘shine’. But how to create that perfect look and let the shaft and head be as new? Of course they’re many options but for those of you who wear glasses, we recommend to use one of those eyeglass wiper tissues. Try it and let us know how it works!