Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine
  • 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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  • Briar expressions

    Briar expressions

    The expressive pipes of Salvatore Amorelli tell vivid stories by Stephen A. Ross Life as a pipemaker has been very good for Salvatore Amorelli. Since deciding to leave his studies in computer science at a university in Pisa, Italy, to embrace a newfound passion for pipes, which he discovered after buying a pipe for a […]

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  • Russ Ouellette finds a home

    Russ Ouellette finds a home

    A lifetime journey lands a blender just where he belongs by William C. Nelson People who don’t know tend to think of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as a post-industrial Rust Belt center of closed factories and limited opportunities. In fact, this city of 75,000 (and briskly growing) is today rediscovering its creative energy, and it shows in […]

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  • Know your pipe tobaccos

    Know your pipe tobaccos

    Taking some of the mystery out of those tin descriptions we all read by William C. Nelson As with the making of fine wines, the creation of a pipe blend can depend on any number of constituent varietals. Most avid pipe smokers would like to know more about what goes into the blends they love, […]

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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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In the current issue

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 […]

Read More

Briar expressions

Briar expressions

The expressive pipes of Salvatore Amorelli tell vivid stories by Stephen A. Ross Life as a pipemaker has been very good for Salvatore Amorelli. Since deciding to leave his studies in computer science at a university in Pisa, Italy, to embrace a newfound passion for pipes, which he discovered after buying a pipe for a […]

Read More

Russ Ouellette finds a home

Russ Ouellette finds a home

A lifetime journey lands a blender just where he belongs by William C. Nelson People who don’t know tend to think of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as a post-industrial Rust Belt center of closed factories and limited opportunities. In fact, this city of 75,000 (and briskly growing) is today rediscovering its creative energy, and it shows in […]

Read More

Know your pipe tobaccos

Know your pipe tobaccos

Taking some of the mystery out of those tin descriptions we all read by William C. Nelson As with the making of fine wines, the creation of a pipe blend can depend on any number of constituent varietals. Most avid pipe smokers would like to know more about what goes into the blends they love, […]

Read More

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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Other stories

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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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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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Other Recent Articles

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian With winter bringing us everything from frigid to at least modestly cool weather (depending on your location), we have lined up a group of new offerings and old standbys sure to please the palate, warm the heart and inspire some creative drink pairings, from steamy espresso to soothing holiday […]

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Parting Shots

Parting Shots

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker While there have been several general references and articles about fictional character Sherlock Holmes’ smoking habits, Sherlock Holmes as a Pipe Smoker by Thomas Gwinner is the first monograph to give a complete analysis of all pipe smoking references concerning Sherlock Holmes in the 56 short stories, four novels […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I was quite surprised to get no response to Mr. Stanley Nigro’s letter regarding re-engineering pipes to work properly. I thought he threw down the gauntlet. And I was surprised because I do it when required. I am sure there are others who do, but no one wrote a ring- ing affirmation, […]

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Pipelines

Pipelines

The YouTube pipe community Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has changed many things. It’s changed the way people find entertainment, learn new skills and get exposed to new hobbies. Not surprisingly, YouTube has also had a major impact on the pipe community by providing would-be pipers with the ability to gain the perspectives of […]

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A pile so big ...

A pile so big …

Although he kept 10 dogs (all named Toby), my grandfather saw no reason for more than one pipe—his metal Falcon was indestructible. It was fine after he fell off the roof of his barn with it, and from a tree, and a telephone pole, and over a waterfall when he tried to retrieve his hat […]

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Spontaneous combustion

Spontaneous combustion

by G.L. Pease A couple of months ago, I was asked to lead a virtual tobacco “crawl” on one of the Internet’s many pipe smoking forums. (For those who don’t know, a virtual tobacco crawl is a shared online experience in which participants all sample the same selection of tobaccos in a given sequence and […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tage Gage and Bobby Fabian With this issue, Bobby Fabian joins Tad Gage in writing “Trial by fire,” adding his insightful assessments and providing a new dimension to these reviews by recommending various beverages to accompany the tobaccos tasted. The choice of beverage is an important consideration for pipe smokers. A beverage can often […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Smokeless tobacco

Smokeless tobacco

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont’s $880-a-week reporter’s salary did not stretch far enough to cover the $100 Brooks Brothers shirts he wore to work. It likewise did not cover $400 collectible pipes, the fedoras he ordered online from a hat shop in New York City, the vintage tweed jackets he bought on eBay […]

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