The Stone Song, a Book Review

The Stone Song by Tom Bale My rating: 3 of 5 stars So, you want Stranger Things in an English village? Ya got Stranger Things in an English village. Which is not to say that this is bad, because I enjoyed it right through, but it’s pretty straightforward and derivative. Young, bicycling teens = Misunderstood but good, Weirdo alien = Misunderstood but good, Adults = Clueless, British military = Bad, Read more…

On the Lighter Side

Some recent conversation in a Facebook pipe group spurred me to write something about my own experiences with different lighters over the last 30 years. Above you can see the four that I have at the moment, though only three of them are in active use because lighter-fluid Zippos are Things of Evil. So, from left to right… First up is the lighter-fluid Zippo, adapted for pipes. I say “adapted” Read more…

The Virus Post

So, here we are in Very Strange Times indeed! I write this on April 4th, with the impact of Covid-19 well and truly beginning to settle in, and I felt it was important to provide a little explanation of what the Talbert Pipes Workshop will be doing to cope with this threat, moving forward. We remain in business and still ship worldwide, and we’re following these steps to help maintain Read more…

What is Patreon?

Those of sharp eye may have noticed an unusual link in our menu at the top – “Our Patreon“. What the heck is Patreon, you ask? Patreon is essentially a private social club where fans, collectors, and trainees can interact with artists and creators of their choice, at the cost of a few dollars a month. It’s a new way of helping to support your favorite creative people by giving Read more…