- Take a pinch of tobacco and put it in your pipe.
- Tamp it down very lightly.
- Continue to fill your pipe pinch by pinch. With each pinch, tamp down slightly harder than the pinch before.
- Keep going until you get about 1/8” from the top of the bowl.
The resulting fill should be slightly springy, but compressed. When you draw on the pipe, you should feel a little resistance, but not much.