• Living his pipe dream

    Living his pipe dream

    German pipemaker Peter Klein makes pipes in his idyllic workshop by the Ringkobing Fjord by Stephen A. Ross Pope Gregory I wrote that envy is a sin, but he never met Peter Klein. Imagine living in a beautiful house with an impressive view of the idyllic and verdant Danish countryside from the backdoor and a […]

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  • Nolan's Tobacconist

    Nolan’s Tobacconist

    Tackling smoking bans and tobacco taxes in northern Michigan by H. Lee Murphy After 37 years in the tobacco retailing business, Michael Nolan has some real perspective on the industry. As the owner of Nolan’s Tobacconist, in the pretty picture-postcard town of Traverse City, Mich., he can recall that in 1980 nearly 90 percent of […]

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  • Just like new

    Just like new

    Pipe repairman Chance Whittamore is taking restoration work to new heights by H. Lee Murphy Walk into any cocktail party attended by tobaccophiles, Chance Whittamore has noticed, and the pipe carvers are treated like rock stars. “Everybody wants to be around them,” he says. The pipe repairman? “He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of this hobby, never […]

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  • Paolo Becker, 1952-2014

    Paolo Becker, 1952-2014

    Paolo Becker has passed on. Just last August he found out that he was suffering with cancer, but he asked that I not share the information. Paolo was a private man and he did not wish for an outpouring from those who knew him or knew of him. This was typical of the man I […]

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  • On being a good listener

    On being a good listener

    Pipes by George knows what makes customers tick by William C. Nelson For 28 years George Hoffman has operated Pipes by George at the same Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh, N.C. Practically in the shadow of the bell tower at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Pipes by George benefits from a classic combination of reliable […]

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In the current issue

Mac Baren announces new packaging for HH brand tobaccos

Mac Baren announces new packaging for HH brand tobaccos

New packaging for the premium quality HH brand of Mac Baren tobaccos has been announced to better complement the philosophy behind these natural tobaccos. With minimal or no casing and no top notes, HH tobaccos are as natural as possible, providing smokers with an absolute tobacco experience. The official announcement was made today (03/12/15).

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Writers' blocks

Writers’ blocks

A survey of pipe and tobacco literature through time by Ben Rapaport Introduction They’re not the best-sellers listed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, nor are they books that would be the recipients of the Caldecott or Newbery medals, or a National or Whitbread Book Award. They’re not usually positioned on end caps […]

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Living his pipe dream

Living his pipe dream

German pipemaker Peter Klein makes pipes in his idyllic workshop by the Ringkobing Fjord by Stephen A. Ross Pope Gregory I wrote that envy is a sin, but he never met Peter Klein. Imagine living in a beautiful house with an impressive view of the idyllic and verdant Danish countryside from the backdoor and a […]

Read More

Nolan's Tobacconist

Nolan’s Tobacconist

Tackling smoking bans and tobacco taxes in northern Michigan by H. Lee Murphy After 37 years in the tobacco retailing business, Michael Nolan has some real perspective on the industry. As the owner of Nolan’s Tobacconist, in the pretty picture-postcard town of Traverse City, Mich., he can recall that in 1980 nearly 90 percent of […]

Read More

Just like new

Just like new

Pipe repairman Chance Whittamore is taking restoration work to new heights by H. Lee Murphy Walk into any cocktail party attended by tobaccophiles, Chance Whittamore has noticed, and the pipe carvers are treated like rock stars. “Everybody wants to be around them,” he says. The pipe repairman? “He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of this hobby, never […]

Read More

On being a good listener

On being a good listener

Pipes by George knows what makes customers tick by William C. Nelson For 28 years George Hoffman has operated Pipes by George at the same Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh, N.C. Practically in the shadow of the bell tower at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Pipes by George benefits from a classic combination of reliable […]

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Other stories

Writers' blocks

Writers’ blocks

A survey of pipe and tobacco literature through time by Ben Rapaport Introduction They’re not the best-sellers listed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, nor are they books that would be the recipients of the Caldecott or Newbery medals, or a National or Whitbread Book Award. They’re not usually positioned on end caps […]

Read More

Nolan's Tobacconist

Nolan’s Tobacconist

Tackling smoking bans and tobacco taxes in northern Michigan by H. Lee Murphy After 37 years in the tobacco retailing business, Michael Nolan has some real perspective on the industry. As the owner of Nolan’s Tobacconist, in the pretty picture-postcard town of Traverse City, Mich., he can recall that in 1980 nearly 90 percent of […]

Read More

Just like new

Just like new

Pipe repairman Chance Whittamore is taking restoration work to new heights by H. Lee Murphy Walk into any cocktail party attended by tobaccophiles, Chance Whittamore has noticed, and the pipe carvers are treated like rock stars. “Everybody wants to be around them,” he says. The pipe repairman? “He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of this hobby, never […]

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On being a good listener

On being a good listener

Pipes by George knows what makes customers tick by William C. Nelson For 28 years George Hoffman has operated Pipes by George at the same Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh, N.C. Practically in the shadow of the bell tower at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Pipes by George benefits from a classic combination of reliable […]

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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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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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Other Recent Articles

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb It has been a long-standing tradition for pipemakers to create tobacco mixtures to complement their pipes. Dunhill, Davidoff, Ashton, Castello and Larsen are examples of pipe companies that made the pipe/tobacco connection early in their histories and are still going strong with pipes and tobacco blends. Today we have […]

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Pipelines

Pipelines

Smoking Santas I loved the article about Neil Strong’s smoking Santa Claus collection (“Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting,” P&T Vol. 19, No. 4). Seeing Santa Claus peacefully puffing on his pipe, while he brings joy and gifts to all the children in the world, brings a huge amount of serenity and contentment […]

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Parting Shots

Parting Shots

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad While no readers responded to my nomination request for membership in the “absolutely different pipe tobacco club” (nor did I shake loose commentary from the Burley boys), I did receive a very nice letter (an actual letter, not electronic communication) from Tom Cody of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His memory was jogged by my […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Tsuge tobaccos Japanese maker Tsuge Pipe has announced the introduction of eight very interesting new pipe tobaccos, four in each of two lines: “The Four Seasons” aromatics and “The God Series” traditional collection. Distributed in the U.S. by Drew Estate, these blends offer a new and fresh take on the art of tobacco blending. Look […]

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Step up to the Mic

Step up to the Mic

  Nate King creates a special pipe by Stephen A. Ross One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes. Indianapolis pipemaker Nate King has built a career on that adage. The former Indy car and airplane mechanic has drawn inspiration for his unique steampunk and gearpunk pipes from cast-off materials (such as […]

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What the land gives us

What the land gives us

Relics of a bygone time inspire a new pipe company by William C. Nelson The small town of Painter, Virginia, is not the most accessible of destinations for the busy traveler. It’s located near the southern end of Accomack County on the Delmarva Peninsula, in a region known as Virginia’s Eastern Shore. East Coast motorists […]

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Editor's Desk

Editor’s Desk

Anti-smoking cats Cats are opinionated and judgmental creatures. I know because my two cats have a low opinion of and judge me all the time. They aren’t really my cats, of course—they’re more like live-in landlords. They’ve grudgingly allowed my family and me to live with them for the past 12 years. They don’t help […]

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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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