Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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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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 stories

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion

by G.L. Pease The fact is, Squire, the moment a man takes to a pipe, he becomes a philosopher. It’s the poor man’s friend; it calms the mind, soothes the temper, and makes a man patient under difficulties. It has made more good men, good husbands, kind masters, indulgent fathers, than any other blessed thing […]

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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

A most unusual table pipe The elephant in the room … figuratively speaking by Ben Rapaport My passion is to preserve pipe history as revealed in the art of the pipe and, whenever possible, to document the connective tissue between the pipes of yesterday and today. When I pull at a thread pertaining to today’s […]

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Other Recent Articles

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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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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Parting Shots

Parting Shots

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I am a perfectionist. I freely admit this, though you may not be able to tell from my writing. In some facets of life perfectionism is a good thing. In others, bad. The economic law of marginal utility says that each added unit is worth less than the previous. But recall the […]

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Playing with nature

Playing with nature

Renowned briar cutter Domenico “Mimmo” Romeo is also a talented pipemaker by Stephen A. Ross Oh, to be Mimmo! Domenico Romeo, known throughout the pipe world as Mimmo, lives a sweet life. He has a beautiful wife and two precious young daughters. He lives in the Italian Riviera town of Arma di Taggia, with a […]

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The English pipe you may not know

The English pipe you may not know

From his old English farmhouse, Peter Ellam produces Invicta for the masses by H. Lee Murphy There are bigger and fancier and better organized pipe workshops, but almost certainly none as old as that of Invicta Briars. The owner, Peter Ellam, toils away in Stanbridge, England, in a farmhouse complex that dates to the 1400s. […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

by Tad Gage and Bobby Fabian Images courtesy of Smokingpipes.com Our winter issue reviews conjure up thoughts of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. There is the Ghost of Christmas Past: a lovingly re-created grouping of tobaccos celebrating the blends from one of the greatest shops ever, Drucquer & Sons of London, and after 1928, Berkeley, California. […]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion

by G.L. Pease “Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which con- templates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty. One person may even perceive deformity, where another is sensible of beauty; and every individual ought to acquiesce in his own sentiment, without pretending to regulate those of […]

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