• Kansas City contest

    Kansas City contest

    The 2014 North American Pipe Carving Contest, hosted as in previous years by the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club at its yearly pipe show in June, was the fifth annual such event, with the greatest participation ever—57 entrants, a new record. This year saw two repeat winners: Rad Davis, who previously won in 2011 and […]

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  • TPC: The social media method

    TPC: The social media method

    By Chuck Stanion “I had a hell of a time trying to learn how to smoke a pipe, and that’s how it all started,” says Mike Lancaster. He’s tall and muscular, and to say he’s unshaven would be an understatement. His beard seems to sprout like an unruly shrub in all directions at once, much […]

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  • Counting his blessings

    Counting his blessings

    By Stephen A. Ross For some folks, finding a calling in life is an easy matter. From a young age, they know exactly what they want to be when they become adults. Others figure out what they want to do with their lives after trying a succession of jobs, like sampling clothes in the fitting […]

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  • Editor’s Desk

    Editor’s Desk

    We have a new editor named William Nelson working with us, but we call him Cliff because he sometimes gets a distant, unfocused look in his eyes as if thinking about how enticing it might be to just give in and jump off a cliff, which is impressive because it usually takes a couple of […]

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  • Proud heritage

    Proud heritage

    St. Claude, France, birthplace of the briar pipe, continues to celebrate its legacy by Stephen A. Ross Nestled in a remote valley in the Jura Mountains in eastern France, St. Claude, a town of approximately 11,000 people, once was considered the pipe capital of the world. It’s almost impossible to overstate St. Claude’s importance in […]

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Kansas City contest

Kansas City contest

The 2014 North American Pipe Carving Contest, hosted as in previous years by the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club at its yearly pipe show in June, was the fifth annual such event, with the greatest participation ever—57 entrants, a new record. This year saw two repeat winners: Rad Davis, who previously won in 2011 and […]

Read More

TPC: The social media method

TPC: The social media method

By Chuck Stanion “I had a hell of a time trying to learn how to smoke a pipe, and that’s how it all started,” says Mike Lancaster. He’s tall and muscular, and to say he’s unshaven would be an understatement. His beard seems to sprout like an unruly shrub in all directions at once, much […]

Read More

Counting his blessings

Counting his blessings

By Stephen A. Ross For some folks, finding a calling in life is an easy matter. From a young age, they know exactly what they want to be when they become adults. Others figure out what they want to do with their lives after trying a succession of jobs, like sampling clothes in the fitting […]

Read More

Editor’s Desk

Editor’s Desk

We have a new editor named William Nelson working with us, but we call him Cliff because he sometimes gets a distant, unfocused look in his eyes as if thinking about how enticing it might be to just give in and jump off a cliff, which is impressive because it usually takes a couple of […]

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Admiral’s Choice pipe tobaccos now available through PipesandCigars.com

Admiral’s Choice pipe tobaccos now available through PipesandCigars.com

  As many pipe smokers have discovered, CVS pharmacies no longer carry tobacco products, including the very popular Admiral’s Choice tobaccos by Sutliff Tobacco Company. This decision has placed many pipe smokers in a difficult situation and left them searching for a source for the tobaccos they have grown to love over the years. Thankfully, […]

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Proud heritage

Proud heritage

St. Claude, France, birthplace of the briar pipe, continues to celebrate its legacy by Stephen A. Ross Nestled in a remote valley in the Jura Mountains in eastern France, St. Claude, a town of approximately 11,000 people, once was considered the pipe capital of the world. It’s almost impossible to overstate St. Claude’s importance in […]

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Other stories

Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

  By Ben Rapaport   We read, we hear and we see stories and reports daily, lots of information that, sometimes, we don’t know if we should believe. That’s probably why the mantra “don’t believe everything you read” was coined. And it’s certainly true that some of what’s been written on the interrelated topics of […]

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Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Sometimes drastic events lead to great changes By Chuck Stanion He’d finally conquered his slice. Joe Skoda’s golf game, while at a near professional level, had suffered from his tendency to slice, but after intense professional coaching, he’d figured it out. In 1977, his game was better than ever and he was considering a professional […]

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Cold stones

Cold stones

By Marc Munroe Dion When the poor and working class people of Mill River, Mass., speak English (and at least two-thirds of them can speak English) it is with an accent that does not sound like Boston, which is 50 miles north. Nor does it sound like the stereotypical “ayup,” accent one associates with Yankee […]

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Racing ahead

Racing ahead

Nate King’s background in racing provides the patience, persistence and pursuit of perfection needed to become a top-level pipemaker By Stephen A. Ross On the surface, there couldn’t be two subjects more vastly different than IndyCar racing and pipe smoking. One consists of specialized open-wheel, open-cockpit cars powered by fire-breathing 900-plus horsepower engines roaring around […]

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Carving a path of her own

Carving a path of her own

Nanna Ivarsson builds on the legacies established by her grandfather, Sixten, and father, Lars by Stephen A. Ross There’s a certain bit of insecurity that most artists feel about their craft. The self-expression on display in their work brings with it a baring of the soul, a deep desire to connect one’s passion and experiences […]

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Pipe revival

Pipe revival

•By Russ Oechslin• Being so good at what he does keeps Tim West busy When a visitor walks downstairs to the basement workshop in Tim West’s suburban Columbus home, it’s immediately obvious just how much pipe repair work he has lined up. The incoming boxes from UPS and the Postal Service line one side of […]

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Other Recent Articles

Sutliff Tobacco Company to introduce 14 new blends

Sutliff Tobacco Company to introduce 14 new blends

Sutliff to introduce 14 new blends Sutliff Tobacco Company has announced the introduction of 14 new blends to be unveiled at the IPCPR trade show in July, 2014, so watch for availability soon. The new tobaccos will include something for every taste, from Virginia/Perique mixtures to Burley and English blends to full aromatics. Here is […]

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Doctor of Pipes award recipients

Doctor of Pipes award recipients

A Doctor of Pipes award at the Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Exposition is one of the most coveted awards anyone in the pipe community can garner. Everyone who is recognized as a Doctor of Pipes has devoted years of his or her life and has strived to promote pipe smoking and improve the pipe […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb We travel around the tobacco world with our tasting, sampling some newer and familiar house blends from the always-creative Boston-area tobacconist Watch City Cigar Co. (www.watchcitycigar.com); new offerings from IMP, a meerschaum pipe importer that has introduced Turkish-style blends with the meer in mind; and two Semois (pronounced sem-wah) […]

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Reliving Las Vegas

Reliving Las Vegas

  Reliving Las Vegas It was in 2008 that two incredibly dedicated pipe smokers were crazy enough to embark on organizing a show that would take up where California left off after the Los Angeles and Northern California shows weren’t doable anymore. Crazy like foxes, because Steve O’Neill and Marty Pulvers were willing to anticipate […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Kiribi lighters Inspired by the Japanese practice of casting sparks on a beloved traveler’s back, Kiribi lighters combine smart, retro styling with modern improvements in engineering, including innovations such as a dual-flame design, which provides the benefit of a wider, more gentle light for your pipe, and a single tank of extraordinary fuel capacity. All […]

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First smoke

First smoke

Smoking was not a temptation to me when I was 9 years old. A few teenagers in the neighborhood smoked cigarettes, but I felt no need to emulate them. They were idiots—not because they smoked, but because they were, well, idiots. I didn’t want to look like them, act like them or appear to be […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad Regarding pipe smoking in the car, I heard from Greg Curtis. He expressed concern regarding the potential for the air bag being deployed, and the pipe being driven somewhere other than along for the ride. I share this concern. I don’t even like cellphone use in cars, just because of the distraction. […]

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Engineering success in pipe retailing

Engineering success in pipe retailing

Long ago, Stephen Richman figured tobacco would help him find girls. And maybe earn a living. by H. Lee Murphy As a brainy high school student growing up in Beverly Hills, Calif., in the late 1950s, Stephen Richman didn’t exactly wear a pocket protector, though he was rarely found without his slide rule. He was […]

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Tobacco renaissance

Tobacco renaissance

STG-Lane Ltd. is in the midst of both introducing new blends and reintroducing some discontinued but popular pipe tobacco blends. by Stephen A. Ross There are very few places that are more pleasant to be in early spring than the American South, where typically mild winters gently transition into glorious, warm, sun-drenched days that reawaken […]

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