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  • Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

    Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

    In just about every war, governments have regarded tobacco for those in uniform important for morale. At least as far back as the mid-1800s, one particular keepsake of war has become a desirable collectible: the tobacco pipe. Three, chronologically, come to mind: the soldier-carved wood pipes of the American Civil War, the German porcelain Reservistenpfeife […]

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  • A Peterson pilgrimage

    A Peterson pilgrimage

    The Irish have enacted some of the most draconian anti-smoking laws and highest tobacco taxes anywhere in the world. Yet that hasn’t slowed business at the flagship Peterson shop on bustling Nassau Street in Dublin, where sales volumes reach heights that most tobacco merchants elsewhere can only dream about. Considering its massive wallmounted displays of […]

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  • The blender's notebook: Latakia

    The blender’s notebook: Latakia

    In the coming issues, Pipes and tobaccos magazine will be talking to some of the world’s top pipe tobacco blenders about how they do their jobs and create the blends that we all know and love. For the premiere installment, Mary McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Company; Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan; Russ Ouellette of […]

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  • Pipemaking as therapy

    Pipemaking as therapy

    Worcester, Massachusetts, a traditional New England mill town in the central part of the state, lies just outside the reach of Boston’s grasping western fringes. Worcester proper, home to some 185,000 souls, is the second-largest city in New England, after only Boston— a fact that is easy to overlook, given the town’s placement in the […]

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  • Marooned in his art

    Marooned in his art

    Steve Morrisette is surely one of the most recognizable figures at the pipe shows. You will find his 6-foot frame, a silver-bearded countenance peering from beneath a fedora, stalking rows of vendor tables, dressed as if for a board meeting, camera in hand— on the whole, a most photogenic and distinguished-looking fellow, snapping shots of […]

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A Peterson pilgrimage

A Peterson pilgrimage

The Irish have enacted some of the most draconian anti-smoking laws and highest tobacco taxes anywhere in the world. Yet that hasn’t slowed business at the flagship Peterson shop on bustling Nassau Street in Dublin, where sales volumes reach heights that most tobacco merchants elsewhere can only dream about. Considering its massive wallmounted displays of […]

Read More

The blender's notebook: Latakia

The blender’s notebook: Latakia

In the coming issues, Pipes and tobaccos magazine will be talking to some of the world’s top pipe tobacco blenders about how they do their jobs and create the blends that we all know and love. For the premiere installment, Mary McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Company; Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan; Russ Ouellette of […]

Read More

Pipemaking as therapy

Pipemaking as therapy

Worcester, Massachusetts, a traditional New England mill town in the central part of the state, lies just outside the reach of Boston’s grasping western fringes. Worcester proper, home to some 185,000 souls, is the second-largest city in New England, after only Boston— a fact that is easy to overlook, given the town’s placement in the […]

Read More

Marooned in his art

Marooned in his art

Steve Morrisette is surely one of the most recognizable figures at the pipe shows. You will find his 6-foot frame, a silver-bearded countenance peering from beneath a fedora, stalking rows of vendor tables, dressed as if for a board meeting, camera in hand— on the whole, a most photogenic and distinguished-looking fellow, snapping shots of […]

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Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

It happens every year in May at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. For two decades, the Doctor of Pipes awards have been conferred at the show, one every year in each of two categories: trade and hobby—that is, two awards are given out, one for a private individual who has advanced the hobby […]

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Intentional pipemaking

Intentional pipemaking

Pipemaker David Huber, 33, working in a rented artist studio in Durham, North Carolina, has come a long way fast in the world of pipemaking. It was only in 2012, while he was managing a Verizon store in Chicago, that Huber finished his first pipe, using a Dremel and a rasping file he purchased at […]

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Other stories

Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

In just about every war, governments have regarded tobacco for those in uniform important for morale. At least as far back as the mid-1800s, one particular keepsake of war has become a desirable collectible: the tobacco pipe. Three, chronologically, come to mind: the soldier-carved wood pipes of the American Civil War, the German porcelain Reservistenpfeife […]

Read More

Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

It happens every year in May at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. For two decades, the Doctor of Pipes awards have been conferred at the show, one every year in each of two categories: trade and hobby—that is, two awards are given out, one for a private individual who has advanced the hobby […]

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Smoking guitars

Smoking guitars

From his Wisconsin workshop, artisan Joe Nelson divides his time between pipes and stringed instruments by H. Lee Murphy The best craftsmen, it is said, are singularly focused on their work, often to the point of obsession. The furniture maker will search lumber yards all over for just the right piece of maple for the […]

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In search of Steve Norse

In search of Steve Norse

Can the owner of pipemaker supply company Vermont Freehand find time to make pipes himself? by William C. Nelson If you’re to stand any chance of finding pipeman Steve Norse—of being able to observe him up close where he lives and works—you really have to take a winding road. Dorset, Vermont, is, to understate the […]

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Pipes alive in London

Pipes alive in London

The smoking scene in London: Dunhill, briar clubs and smoking terraces by H. Lee Murphy Phillip Shervington, a sales manager at the revered James J. Fox tobacconist on St James’s Street in London, has been selling pipes in the neighborhood for more than half a century. “When I started here in the early 1960s there […]

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Scottish survivor

Scottish survivor

The Pipe Shop in Edinburgh defies EU anti-smoking forces by H. Lee Murphy Anybody disillusioned by the decline in tobacconists around the U.S. ought to be glad he’s not living in the United Kingdom. There, in the cradle of pipemaking and pipe smoking—think Dunhill and Barling and Sherlock Holmes—retail tobacco is in perilous free fall […]

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Other Recent Articles

"Try my pipe for 30 days"

“Try my pipe for 30 days”

In the great American tradition of everyman briar pipes, many names come to mind: Dr. Grabow, Yello- Bole, Kaywoodie and Medico, among others. To me, the one with the most attention-getting advertising was always the E.A. Carey pipe: “Try my pipe FREE for 30 days. If you don’t like my pipe, smash it with a […]

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From playmaker to pipemaker

From playmaker to pipemaker

As a player in Italy’s third-division professional football league, Serie C, Franco Rossi was accustomed to hearing the adulation of adoring fans in a 17-year career that saw him play for several teams. As a midfielder, Rossi was a playmaker, something of a field general—setting up scoring opportunities for the forwards playing in front of […]

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Emotional connection

Emotional connection

They didn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of their competitors, but whenever the slow-smoking competition team from Manifattura Pipe Brebbia (MPB) appeared at a slow-smoking contest in Europe in the 1960s, the other contestants knew that they would not be taking home the trophy for keeping a pipe lit the longest. Like another Italian […]

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The happiest confinement

The happiest confinement

It all happens out of sight from street gawkers, on a nondescript lane, in a one-floor building—modern but unremarkable—on the south side of Reggio Calabria, Italy, between the historic town center and the airport. It has been going on for 35 years, here at Italy’s southernmost point, the “toe of the boot.” For most of […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Durango Pipe Tobacco Cigars Durango Cigars was founded in St. Louis in 1997 by cigar distributor Kevin Brennan. After years of experimenting with pipe tobacco cigar blends, Brennan opened a St. Louis wine and tobacco shop called Brennan’s in 2003 and began selling the cigars to his customers. The American Aromatic series is the mildest […]

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Happiness is homemade

Happiness is homemade

Ardor pipes are about quality craftsmanship, artistic excellence and strong familial bonds by Stephen A. Ross Dorelio Rovera has seen a lot of changes in his nearly 60 years as a pipemaker. As a boy, he enjoyed watching his father, uncles and their 50 or so employees feverishly toiling at water-powered bandsaws, lathes and disc […]

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Pipelines

Pipelines

Pipelines needs you! While on an out-of-state road trip I stopped by a smoke shop and saw a back issue of P&T. What a surprise! I had no idea such a magazine existed, immediately ordered several back issues and love them all. I’ll be subscribing and ordering more back issues soon. I especially like “Trial […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

By Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian Single-crop, one-region tobaccos walk a tightrope. Too little or too much rain, or blight, wind and hail, or any other pitfalls that come with tobacco production can mean a great crop one year and a poor crop or no crop the next. It’s a treat to experience rare artisanal […]

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Fire

Fire

by Chuck Stanion Fire, of course, is the foundation of our pipe smoking pastime. Without fire, there would be no plumes of fragrant smoke. Our tobaccos need ignition, and we all have our own ways, but how did fire come about? How did we harness and tame it to our whims? Was it gods, or […]

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Opportunity of a lifetime

Opportunity of a lifetime

Marje Treff earns the chance to learn pipemaking from an Italian master by Stephen A. Ross As a professor of adult education and instructional systems technology at Indiana University, Dr. Marjorie (Marje) Treff encourages her students to always be on the lookout for opportunities to learn new skills. She urges them to show up every […]

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