cstanion : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

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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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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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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Lasting legacy

Lasting legacy

Four years after the death of Giancarlo Guidi, his vision remains alive at Ser Jacopo by Stephen A. Ross Maurizio Fraternale, the owner of Ser Jacopo, is a proud man. His pride isn’t boastful but rather stems from the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing  a  promise  to  a  friend  who is no longer living. Fraternale’s […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I’m sure many of you have had the experience of rummaging around in your collection of cellared tobacco and unexpectedly finding something misplaced, lost or forgotten. I was looking for ancient tins to support the resurrection efforts of Standard Tobacco of Pennsylvania (to no avail; I gave what I was looking for […]

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