My Valentines day gift is a LJ Heart pipe - my first one from Lannes Johnson.
I ended up sending LJ an email, and in response he mentioned that the pipe could be smoked as much as I wanted to, in contradiction to the “conventional wisdom” of the majority of the online pipe smoking community that pipes must be rested for at least a day if not a week between smokes.
I have always doubted this is the case and asked his opinion. His reply: “I am not a pipe rester but a pipe smoker. If a pipe will not perform to my smoking habits I get rid of the thing. No need to dance with ugly women.”
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how these silly misconceptions arise - misconceptions like resting pipes, 3 layer packing, the evils of PG, etc. My instincts are it’s an internet thing. Before the internet and ASP, no one seems to have heard they weren’t supposed to smoke the same pipe all day every day, so people did. The pipes didn’t hear they were supposed to go sour and stop being smokeable either, so I guess it all evened out in the end.