Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine
  • 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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  • Seeking balance

    Seeking balance

    Love Geiger and Sara Mossberg seek the proper balance between work and home life, production demands and creativity by Stephen A. Ross For most artisan pipemakers, making pipes is a solitary expression of creative energy. They thrive on the independence and seclusion that working from their own studios can bring. They savor the solitude, the […]

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  • Losing anonymity

    Losing anonymity

    Mogens “Johs” Johansen is at last gaining a well-deserved reputation by Stephen A. Ross You might not have heard about Mogens “Johs” Johansen, but if you’ve got a Bjarne pipe, you might have a pipe made by him. For 15 years Johansen, along with a few other Danish pipemakers, anonymously made pipes for Bjarne Nielsen, […]

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  • Desert retailing

    Desert retailing

    A tobacco shop that caters to presidents, actors and athletes in the Southern California sun by H. Lee Murphy In the decades since its founding in Santa Monica, California, in 1928, the Tinder Box International chain has served as a training ground or even a farm system for employees who graduated on to careers in […]

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  • What friendship has wrought

    What friendship has wrought

    Pipemaker Tim Hynick is a study in collaborative learning by William C. Nelson It needs to be said from the start that Tim Hynick is humble, polite, low-key, self- effacing and a bit startled that people might want to read about him. But that’s part of what makes Hynick’s story so first-rate. For almost a […]

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In the current issue

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 […]

Read More

Seeking balance

Seeking balance

Love Geiger and Sara Mossberg seek the proper balance between work and home life, production demands and creativity by Stephen A. Ross For most artisan pipemakers, making pipes is a solitary expression of creative energy. They thrive on the independence and seclusion that working from their own studios can bring. They savor the solitude, the […]

Read More

Losing anonymity

Losing anonymity

Mogens “Johs” Johansen is at last gaining a well-deserved reputation by Stephen A. Ross You might not have heard about Mogens “Johs” Johansen, but if you’ve got a Bjarne pipe, you might have a pipe made by him. For 15 years Johansen, along with a few other Danish pipemakers, anonymously made pipes for Bjarne Nielsen, […]

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The bar

The bar

Fiction by William Serad A priest, a rabbi and a minister went into a bar, as they had every week for years. “Is this a joke?” the bartender asked, as he always did, and laughed, as he always did. “Would you like the usual?” he asked as they went to their usual table. They nodded […]

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Pipes and divorce

Pipes and divorce

Before things get bad, hide the good pipes by Marty Pulvers There are some columns that deserve to be repeated yearly, for new arrivals or even as critical reminders to regular visitors to this spot. This is one of those articles, although it has been some years since I last delivered it. Yes, it would […]

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Desert retailing

Desert retailing

A tobacco shop that caters to presidents, actors and athletes in the Southern California sun by H. Lee Murphy In the decades since its founding in Santa Monica, California, in 1928, the Tinder Box International chain has served as a training ground or even a farm system for employees who graduated on to careers in […]

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Other stories

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 […]

Read More

The bar

The bar

Fiction by William Serad A priest, a rabbi and a minister went into a bar, as they had every week for years. “Is this a joke?” the bartender asked, as he always did, and laughed, as he always did. “Would you like the usual?” he asked as they went to their usual table. They nodded […]

Read More

Pipes and divorce

Pipes and divorce

Before things get bad, hide the good pipes by Marty Pulvers There are some columns that deserve to be repeated yearly, for new arrivals or even as critical reminders to regular visitors to this spot. This is one of those articles, although it has been some years since I last delivered it. Yes, it would […]

Read More

Desert retailing

Desert retailing

A tobacco shop that caters to presidents, actors and athletes in the Southern California sun by H. Lee Murphy In the decades since its founding in Santa Monica, California, in 1928, the Tinder Box International chain has served as a training ground or even a farm system for employees who graduated on to careers in […]

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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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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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Other Recent Articles

Pipelines

Pipelines

New online forum I would like to take a moment to interrupt the entire staff of P&T. Yes—I’m talking to you. Stop what you are doing for a minute. OK, paying attention? Good. I have been a reader for years, and P&T was my window into the larger pipe community before I discovered the online […]

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Brain wreck

Brain wreck

I’m ambivalent about the value of my brain. Sometimes I think it’s working pretty well, but then it will do something stupid and alter my opinion. Mostly it stumbles along within acceptable parameters, but sometimes it tortures me for its own amusement—like when it tells me that the cheese decomposing in the back of the […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Klaus Zenz pipes Klaus Zenz is a skilled cabinetmaker who is also a pipemaker. Zenz hand-carves each of his pipes from the finest Italian briarwood available, and he also hand-cuts his own mouth-pieces from food-grade Ebonite and Cumberland, though he will use acrylic if a customer demands it. For adornments, Zenz uses palm wood, rosewood […]

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Events

Events

NASPC show The annual North American Society of Pipe Collectors show will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28–29, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 600 Metro Place N, Dublin, OH 43017. Call the hotel at 866.372.5566 and mention the NASPC show to receive a special room rate. For show information, contact NASPC Secretary Jeff […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb It is our sad duty to announce that this issue contains the last “Trial by Fire” reviews from contributor Joe Harb. For the past 10 years, Harb has written insightful and entertaining reviews for this magazine, often smoking late into the night to provide descriptions and determine the nuances […]

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Art restoration for pipes

Art restoration for pipes

Lawdog takes a Zen-like approach to caring for much-loved pipes by William C. Nelson Pipe-restoration artisan Robert Lawing, known to his friends as Lawdog, is no self-promoter. The 59-year-old retired law officer is not seeking to build his business beyond the comfortable cruising speed he has already achieved. He did not campaign for this interview, […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad The fellowship of the pipe transcends time and place. It knows nothing of race, politics or gender and is unbounded by barriers of language. Pipe smoking’s outward simplicity disguises a microcosm of complexity in perception and preference. As a study, it encompasses agriculture, physics, chemistry and more. Pipemakers range from lone artists […]

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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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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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