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2014 Pipe of the Year by Vollmer & Nilsson

2014 Pipe of the Year by Vollmer & Nilsson

Pipes and tobaccos 2014 Pipe of the Year by Vollmer & Nilsson Bo’s Cobra This is our first pipe of the year from Sweden, home of many of the finest pipes ever crafted, including those by this year’s artisans, Martin Vollmer and Anders Nilsson. Half-brothers Vollmer and Nilsson craft pipes together at their workshop in […]

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Pipe of the Year 2013 by Rad Davis

Pipe of the Year 2013 by Rad Davis

If you’re a traditionalist, this year’s offering may be irresistible: a saddle-bit billiard by American carver Rad Davis. For comfort and utility, it can’t be beat. The lines and proportions are minimalist and the execution perfect, with an Ebonite stem and the bowl fashioned after the classic Dunhill LB shape. This pipe is a no-nonsense […]

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A nice Virginia/Perique blend

A nice Virginia/Perique blend

It was a typical Saturday. I’d been meandering through the house smoking a pipe and carrying a toolbox, trying to look like I was accomplishing something with door hinges or stair rails so my wife wouldn’t give me a real assignment, like digging out the driveway’s drainage pipe or doing battle with the Screaming Peruvian […]

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The compleat artisan

The compleat artisan

by Neill Archer Roan     I thought I knew Jeff Gracik. I met him when he was still in graduate school and just starting out as a pipemaker. I’ve bought pipes from him over the years, shared meals with him and watched his development. But nearly twelve hours together convinced me I was mistaken. Not only […]

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Yonder comes a miner

Yonder comes a miner

by Regis McCafferty     It was raining—a November, Kentucky rain that threatened snow—not heavy, but steady, and the layer of cinders on the road was mixing in the mud underneath. He slogged on through it, water squishing in and out of his boots with each step, finally reaching the wooden steps that led up to the […]

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Homecoming

Karsten Tarp becomes a full-time pipemaker, thanks to the help of an old friend.

If you’re an American pipe smoker, there’s a good chance you might not have heard Karsten Tarp’s name before. A pipemaker for almost 40 years, Tarp is one of the best-kept secrets of European pipemakers. Part of his relative anonymity stems from Tarp’s own somewhat shy and humble demeanor. The 57-year-old Dane is clearly uncomfortable […]

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Smoke—Smokers—Smoking: Art Imitating Art

Smoke—Smokers—Smoking: Art Imitating Art

Often, by way of an introduction, I like to refer to stories that have appeared in previous issues of Pipes and tobaccos magazine, especially if my essay parallels, augments or complements an earlier article with a similar theme. This is one of those occasions. “Art Pipes,” John Scotello’s illustrated article in the fall 2002 issue, […]

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Soaring higher

Soaring higher

If Alex Florov had been a professional boxer, he could be compared to Muhammad Ali. That’s not to say that Florov is the greatest pipemaker of all time—who could make such a claim? However, Florov’s pipes are as graceful as Ali’s boxing skills. As Ali easily glided around the boxing ring mesmerizing opponents and spectators […]

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The Write Stuff: Authors Wanted!

The Write Stuff: Authors Wanted!

The singular purpose in writing this article is to encourage every pipe aficionado—smoker, collector, historian, researcher and tradesman—to consider making a written contribution to pipe lore. Ben Rapaport Through the years I have met some pretty savvy pipe experts and enthusiasts who have the intelligence, knowledge, know-how and passion for this hobby, and I know […]

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