• Tom Eltang tobaccos

    Tom Eltang tobaccos

    Eltang marks his 40th anniversary of pipemaking with a new line of tobaccos by Chuck Stanion photos by Lars Kiel Tom Eltang is hardwired to develop new ideas. He can’t help himself. If he’s showing you a new pipe design he’s just finished, he’s simultaneously telling you about the next idea this one has generated. […]

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  • Tamper revolution

    Tamper revolution

    ZapZap tampers explore new expressions of one of pipe smoking’s simplest tools by Stephen A. Ross A set of old billiard balls he picked up at a secondhand store was all it took for Dmitri Plechtchev’s fertile mind to start considering what he could do with them. An accomplished artist with paintings and sculptures that […]

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  • A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

    A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

    by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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  • Lost and found

    Lost and found

    At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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  • Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

    Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

    by William C. Nelson So many obsessions begin modestly, with just a dabble and nothing more intended. It was at a Kmart in 1988 that pipe smoker and “since forever” Pipes and Tobaccos subscriber Neil Strong purchased a single porcelain Santa Claus figurine. To Strong, this Santa seemed especially endearing and worthy of a loving […]

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Tom Eltang tobaccos

Tom Eltang tobaccos

Eltang marks his 40th anniversary of pipemaking with a new line of tobaccos by Chuck Stanion photos by Lars Kiel Tom Eltang is hardwired to develop new ideas. He can’t help himself. If he’s showing you a new pipe design he’s just finished, he’s simultaneously telling you about the next idea this one has generated. […]

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Tamper revolution

Tamper revolution

ZapZap tampers explore new expressions of one of pipe smoking’s simplest tools by Stephen A. Ross A set of old billiard balls he picked up at a secondhand store was all it took for Dmitri Plechtchev’s fertile mind to start considering what he could do with them. An accomplished artist with paintings and sculptures that […]

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A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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Lost and found

Lost and found

At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

by William C. Nelson So many obsessions begin modestly, with just a dabble and nothing more intended. It was at a Kmart in 1988 that pipe smoker and “since forever” Pipes and Tobaccos subscriber Neil Strong purchased a single porcelain Santa Claus figurine. To Strong, this Santa seemed especially endearing and worthy of a loving […]

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Editor's Desk

Editor’s Desk

Pipes are cigars? My neighbors think I work for a cigar magazine. It doesn’t matter that I’ve told them it’s a pipe magazine, that they see me smoking a pipe when I walk the dog or that I’m smoking a pipe in the car every time I drive past them. What they think is: cigars. […]

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Other stories

Tamper revolution

Tamper revolution

ZapZap tampers explore new expressions of one of pipe smoking’s simplest tools by Stephen A. Ross A set of old billiard balls he picked up at a secondhand store was all it took for Dmitri Plechtchev’s fertile mind to start considering what he could do with them. An accomplished artist with paintings and sculptures that […]

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So, just cream, right?

So, just cream, right?

fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont, in khaki pants and a hairy gray tweed sport coat, was waiting patiently to give his coffee order. His red-and-green plaid wool necktie was pulled tight until not a sliver of fabric showed between tie knot and freshly shaven neck, and his shoes were shined until they caught […]

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Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

by William C. Nelson So many obsessions begin modestly, with just a dabble and nothing more intended. It was at a Kmart in 1988 that pipe smoker and “since forever” Pipes and Tobaccos subscriber Neil Strong purchased a single porcelain Santa Claus figurine. To Strong, this Santa seemed especially endearing and worthy of a loving […]

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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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Other Recent Articles

Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb There’s no shortage of pipe tobacco introductions these days (lucky for all of us)—both new blends and seemingly regular reintroductions of classics. We decided to review some of the new and a pinch of the new/old. Cornell & Diehl collaborated with artisan Danish pipemaker Tom Eltang, who has been […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Proclaim Liberty Pipes and tobaccos’ former tobacco reviewer and current “Pipefuls” columnist, William Serad, has published his first novel, Proclaim Liberty. Serad has spent years researching, participating in and writing about the hobby of historical reenactment. He weaves his interests in reenacting and history with his disappointment in modern American politics to craft a modern-day […]

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Enigmatic Albert Pike

Enigmatic Albert Pike

Multidimensional man, meerschaum pipe maven by Ben Rapaport Quite a number of individuals here and abroad have been awarded one or more of the following honorary titles: Pipeman of the Month, Pipeman of the Year (an annual competition that started in Great Britain in 1964 and ended abruptly in 2003), Pipe Smoker of the Year, […]

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Pipelines

Pipelines

Locating an old favorite I started smoking a pipe back in 2009 after moving from cigarettes to cigarillos to utter despair at the notion that there wasn’t a form of tobacco that suited my tastes. I decided to give pipes a try before resigning myself to a life devoid of pleasure. If pipes weren’t for […]

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Events

Events

Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show The Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show will be held May 2–3, 2015, at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Reservation telephone numbers are 800.999.3319 or 630.584.6300. Mention the show and receive a special room rate. For more information, contact Craig Cobine at […]

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A family affair

A family affair

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar celebrates 44 years in San Francisco’s North Bay by H. Lee Murphy Brian Telford, who is 66 years old, has really had only two careers in his life. He was an Army soldier in Vietnam, and within a week of his discharge in 1972 he joined a ready-made family business that […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad A chord of memory was sounded by the mention of David P. Erlich Co.’s DPE in the last column, even though Erlich, per se, no longer exists. Others remember the blend quite well, it seems, not just me. Dan Locklair was kind enough to direct me to the website of Leavitt & […]

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It is good to be king

It is good to be king

…but all glory is fleeting by William C. Nelson Pity poor King Thibaw, the last sovereign of Burma. There cannot be any painless way to lose a kingdom, but in 1885 when King Thibaw fell, he fell especially fast and hard. Dethroned in a day by an invading British force, in no time did King […]

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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 […]

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