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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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An overdose for Christmas

An overdose for Christmas

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Simone LaCroix, fellow reporter and girlfriend of Mill River Standard Times columnist Jack Dupont, stared sullenly at a computer screen displaying 50 pairs of men’s gold cuff links. “Oooh those are nice,” said Standard Times lifestyle editor Linda Santiago, leaning over Simone’s shoulder and pointing at a pair of cuff […]

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Comforts of a pipemaker’s home

Comforts of a pipemaker's home

Steve Liskey makes beautiful pipes, up in the clouds in Southern California, where it snows by William C. Nelson Photos by Brighton de los Santos Steve Liskey, 32, has been making waves in the pipe world just long enough now that some of the trappings of fame are beginning to adhere to him. The Seattle […]

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