We would all do well to take self-proclaimed experts with at least a grain of salt when it comes to pipe smoking (and other things). Hear those who say they know “the right way” to do something, but remember that their ways are not chiseled in briar or even meerschaum. Some other way might work better for you.
Just so we have no misunderstanding, I am not saying no tobacco blender or pipe maker deserves the descriptor expert. Many do.
Despite what I’ve said, if readers are interested in my non-expert opinion on some aspect of pipe smoking, email me at pipesmoker AT sheldonrichman DOT COM. I’ll relate my experience where I can, but I promise to say “I don’t know” whenever appropriate.