Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine
  • There are pipes, and then there are pipes

    There are pipes, and then there are pipes

    by William Serad If I write “pipes” in these pages, you will automatically think of the tobacco smoking variety. Were I to write the same word in The American Organist, publication of the American Guild of Organists, thoughts would drift more toward Bach, Reger and Widor, or E. Power Biggs (a great name for an […]

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  • The business of making beautiful things

    The business of making beautiful things

    Pipemaker Scott Klein takes a purposeful view to his craft, and to life by William C. Nelson Scott Klein is a fairly young pipemaker, at 29 years old. He looks even younger than he is. Moreover, Klein has been making pipes full time for only a few years, which means his quick rise to pipemaking […]

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  • Twenty years of Pipes and tobaccos magazine

    Twenty years of Pipes and tobaccos magazine

    Every day is a holiday when you really love your job by William C. Nelson For 20 years, Pipes and tobaccos magazine has had the honor of bringing in-depth reporting and entertainment to pipe enthusiasts worldwide. To the best of our knowledge, no other commercial pipe magazine has ever survived for 20 years, or for […]

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  • Italian revelry

    Italian revelry

    Alberto Bonfiglioli shares his talent and generosity with the world by Stephen A. Ross If wealth were measured by the number of friends you have instead of the wad of cash you’ve got in your bank account, then Alberto Bonfiglioli would be a perennial contender for Forbes magazine’s list of 400 richest people in the […]

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  • Peter Heeschen 1945-2015

    Peter Heeschen 1945-2015

    by Sykes Wilford It’s about 2 p.m. on a sunny August day on the Danish island of Funen as I pull up at Peter Heeschen’s farmhouse on the outskirts of Odense. I walk from the rented car into the courtyard created by his house and barns, the paved terrace and flower gardens dappled with sun-light […]

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There are pipes, and then there are pipes

There are pipes, and then there are pipes

by William Serad If I write “pipes” in these pages, you will automatically think of the tobacco smoking variety. Were I to write the same word in The American Organist, publication of the American Guild of Organists, thoughts would drift more toward Bach, Reger and Widor, or E. Power Biggs (a great name for an […]

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The business of making beautiful things

The business of making beautiful things

Pipemaker Scott Klein takes a purposeful view to his craft, and to life by William C. Nelson Scott Klein is a fairly young pipemaker, at 29 years old. He looks even younger than he is. Moreover, Klein has been making pipes full time for only a few years, which means his quick rise to pipemaking […]

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Twenty years of Pipes and tobaccos magazine

Twenty years of Pipes and tobaccos magazine

Every day is a holiday when you really love your job by William C. Nelson For 20 years, Pipes and tobaccos magazine has had the honor of bringing in-depth reporting and entertainment to pipe enthusiasts worldwide. To the best of our knowledge, no other commercial pipe magazine has ever survived for 20 years, or for […]

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Italian revelry

Italian revelry

Alberto Bonfiglioli shares his talent and generosity with the world by Stephen A. Ross If wealth were measured by the number of friends you have instead of the wad of cash you’ve got in your bank account, then Alberto Bonfiglioli would be a perennial contender for Forbes magazine’s list of 400 richest people in the […]

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Hunger for handmades

Hunger for handmades

Trending up with a new generation of entrepreneurs by Ben Rapaport Myriad online posts and plenty of new pipe books shower praise on them. Many pipe smokers buy them not only to smoke but also to build a representative collection of these originals. In our hyper-opinionated digital culture, just about everyone’s got a confident view- […]

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Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Randy Wiley accommodates every change during 40 years of pipemaking by Chuck Stanion The Tobacconist of Temple Terrace in north Tampa, Florida, is no longer there, but in the mid-’90s it was a comfortable place to relax and smoke with interesting people. Plumbers and landscapers, lawyers and judges, retirees, students and professors, cops, pilots, and […]

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Other stories

Sharing the insanity

Sharing the insanity

Legendary Milanese pipe shop Al Pascià shares its pipe passion with the rest of the world by Stephen A. Ross Every Saturday hundreds of pipe smokers and collectors from around the world log onto their computers to visit the Al Pascià website to browse the new pipes that the shop unveils weekly. The items of […]

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The bell of Christmas

The bell of Christmas

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont, angry columnist, left the offices of the Mill River Standard Times at 5:16 p.m. on a Wednesday. He stopped just outside the front door and, under the close examination of girlfriend Simone LaCroix, packed and lit a long-stemmed GBD Canadian. Dupont, 56, with 30 years in the newspaper […]

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Extraordinary ephemera

Extraordinary ephemera

Catalogs as a glimpse into a bygone smoking era by Ben Rapaport Today, most information about products we need is online because most companies and stores have a Web presence and many operate exclusively online. However, for more than 100 years, manufacturers, retailers and traveling salesmen used catalogs to reach buyers who couldn’t visit their […]

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With a gun and a badge

With a gun and a badge

In a Midwestern college town, retired policeman Patrick Callaghan presides over Jon’s Pipe Shop by H. Lee Murphy Like colleges everywhere these days, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has ordained its entire campus as nonsmoking. That has sent both professors and students—the university has an enrollment surpassing 40,000—seeking refuge in the only tobacconist of […]

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Spontaneous combustion

Spontaneous combustion

by G.L. Pease We are pleased to introduce a new column, “Spontaneous combustion,” by Gregory Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco. Pease is widely admired not only as a remarkably talented tobacco blender and a gifted photographer but as a pipe collector with a rare discernment for detail. He has been one of the judges for […]

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Chance encounter

Chance encounter

Build a website, find a career by Stephen A. Ross The last notes of Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” reverberate inside the meeting hall at Milan’s Fornace Curti as the four members of a string quartet rise and bow, acknowledging the applause from the audience, an assembly of pipemakers, retailers and pipe collectors from around the […]

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Other Recent Articles

What are you smoking?

What are you smoking?

For the entertainment and edification of everyone, readers are invited to send photos and descriptions of their smoking experiences for inclusion in the magazine. You’re welcome to send photos of yourself smoking, the environment where you like to smoke, and the pipes and tobaccos that you’re enjoying. Try to include any pertinent information about your […]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion

by G.L. Pease Last week, I had to replace the battery in my beloved aging Volkswagen. (Please indulge me. I promise I’ll get to the tobacco stuff in a bit.) I went out to the curb, pushed the button on my key fob, and instead of the reassuring thunk of the door lock and enthusiastic […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Ascorti 35th Anniversary pipe The limited-edition Ascorti 35th Anniversary briar pipe series features a polished metal band. One style includes a lanyard that can attach to a ring on the band; the other has no ring or lanyard. The pipes are made by Roberto Ascorti from specially selected, century-old briar that has been dried and […]

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Events

Events

Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show The Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show will be held April 30–May 1, 2016, at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174. Reservation telephone numbers are 800.999.3319 and 630.584.6300. Mention the show and receive a special room rate. For more information, contact Craig Cobine […]

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Pipelines

Pipelines

Acknowledging an important anniversary It’s 2016, Chinese Year of the Monkey. It’s the year to elect the 45th president of the United States. It’s the U.S. National Park Service’s centennial celebration. It’s the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Pittsburgh commemorates 200 years as a city. A replica of the Titanic may sail this year. It’s […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

 

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Pipes and tobaccos: The beginning

Pipes and tobaccos: The beginning

For this, our 20th anniversary issue, we return this page to Dayton H. Matlick, founder and owner of P&T magazine, who wrote the editorials during the first years of publication. When I was 9 years old, my family moved from the city life in Louisville, Kentucky, to a Burley tobacco and beef farm in surrounding […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian What is an aromatic tobacco? Today, we usually consider it a cased or flavor- topped blend. Often, the topping over- powers the base tobacco, or has been used to mask bland or inferior base tobacco. But reading the labels on the tobaccos of old, we find that “aromatic” was […]

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2016 Pipe of the Year

2016 Pipe of the Year

This year’s Pipe of the Year is a North American classic with subtle Danish influences. A modified bent brandy with horn shank extension, it was designed and made by Randy Wiley specifically for this project. Wiley has been making pipes for more than 40 years and has built a reputation for creating innovative styles and […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I had expected an avalanche of response to Stanley Nigro’s letter about making required adjustments and modifications to pipes. I know there are people out there hard at work with their rat-tail files and 5/32” drills, having at pipes with poor draw. They just don’t seem inclined to admit it. Proving that […]

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