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Ismail Çelebi, keeping the meerschaum tradition alive

Ismail Çelebi, keeping the meerschaum tradition alive

Forty-nine-year-old Ismail Çelebi (pronounced ish-my-el che-le-bee) is something of a rare breed these days. Briar artisans are easy to find, but meerschaum carvers, not so much. Lately, just in the last year or two, stateside collectors of intricately carved block meerschaum pipes have been turning their attention to the beautiful pieces that Çelebi has offered, […]

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Fight for Christmas

Fight for Christmas

The Santa Claus, made of long red and white balloons twisted together, was probably 8 feet tall, and it stood in the middle of the atrium at the Mill River Public Library. Around it, tables offered the poorer children of Mill River a chance to decorate Christmas cookies, make a Christmas tree ornament out of […]

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Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

It was a privilege to be allowed to sit quietly in the room, observing the three judges deliberating, and it was a revelation to see how systematically they approached their selections. The pipes were lined up from one end of a long conference table to the other. Deliberations began with each judge slowly walking the […]

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Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

It is, let us say, uncommon to find a general-practice physician crafting smoking pipes. Dr. Robert Kiess is not bashful in his disdain for the anti-smokers’ insistence on conflating the hazards of cigarette smoking with the lofty and comparatively benign pastime of pipe smoking. Years ago he adopted the name “Dr. Bob” for his pipemaking […]

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A Peterson pilgrimage

A Peterson pilgrimage

The Irish have enacted some of the most draconian anti-smoking laws and highest tobacco taxes anywhere in the world. Yet that hasn’t slowed business at the flagship Peterson shop on bustling Nassau Street in Dublin, where sales volumes reach heights that most tobacco merchants elsewhere can only dream about. Considering its massive wallmounted displays of […]

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The blender’s notebook: Latakia

The blender's notebook: Latakia

In the coming issues, Pipes and tobaccos magazine will be talking to some of the world’s top pipe tobacco blenders about how they do their jobs and create the blends that we all know and love. For the premiere installment, Mary McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Company; Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan; Russ Ouellette of […]

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Pipemaking as therapy

Pipemaking as therapy

Worcester, Massachusetts, a traditional New England mill town in the central part of the state, lies just outside the reach of Boston’s grasping western fringes. Worcester proper, home to some 185,000 souls, is the second-largest city in New England, after only Boston— a fact that is easy to overlook, given the town’s placement in the […]

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Marooned in his art

Marooned in his art

Steve Morrisette is surely one of the most recognizable figures at the pipe shows. You will find his 6-foot frame, a silver-bearded countenance peering from beneath a fedora, stalking rows of vendor tables, dressed as if for a board meeting, camera in hand— on the whole, a most photogenic and distinguished-looking fellow, snapping shots of […]

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Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

It happens every year in May at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. For two decades, the Doctor of Pipes awards have been conferred at the show, one every year in each of two categories: trade and hobby—that is, two awards are given out, one for a private individual who has advanced the hobby […]

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Intentional pipemaking

Intentional pipemaking

Pipemaker David Huber, 33, working in a rented artist studio in Durham, North Carolina, has come a long way fast in the world of pipemaking. It was only in 2012, while he was managing a Verizon store in Chicago, that Huber finished his first pipe, using a Dremel and a rasping file he purchased at […]

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