Category: Feature Article

Living his pipe dream

Living his pipe dream

German pipemaker Peter Klein makes pipes in his idyllic workshop by the Ringkobing Fjord by Stephen A. Ross Pope Gregory I wrote that envy is a sin, but he never met Peter Klein. Imagine living in a beautiful house with an impressive view of the idyllic and verdant Danish countryside from the backdoor and a […]

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Nolan’s Tobacconist

Nolan's Tobacconist

Tackling smoking bans and tobacco taxes in northern Michigan by H. Lee Murphy After 37 years in the tobacco retailing business, Michael Nolan has some real perspective on the industry. As the owner of Nolan’s Tobacconist, in the pretty picture-postcard town of Traverse City, Mich., he can recall that in 1980 nearly 90 percent of […]

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Just like new

Just like new

Pipe repairman Chance Whittamore is taking restoration work to new heights by H. Lee Murphy Walk into any cocktail party attended by tobaccophiles, Chance Whittamore has noticed, and the pipe carvers are treated like rock stars. “Everybody wants to be around them,” he says. The pipe repairman? “He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of this hobby, never […]

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On being a good listener

On being a good listener

Pipes by George knows what makes customers tick by William C. Nelson For 28 years George Hoffman has operated Pipes by George at the same Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh, N.C. Practically in the shadow of the bell tower at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Pipes by George benefits from a classic combination of reliable […]

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Step up to the Mic

Step up to the Mic

  Nate King creates a special pipe by Stephen A. Ross One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, as the saying goes. Indianapolis pipemaker Nate King has built a career on that adage. The former Indy car and airplane mechanic has drawn inspiration for his unique steampunk and gearpunk pipes from cast-off materials (such as […]

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What the land gives us

What the land gives us

Relics of a bygone time inspire a new pipe company by William C. Nelson The small town of Painter, Virginia, is not the most accessible of destinations for the busy traveler. It’s located near the southern end of Accomack County on the Delmarva Peninsula, in a region known as Virginia’s Eastern Shore. East Coast motorists […]

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Tom Eltang tobaccos

Tom Eltang tobaccos

Eltang marks his 40th anniversary of pipemaking with a new line of tobaccos by Chuck Stanion photos by Lars Kiel Tom Eltang is hardwired to develop new ideas. He can’t help himself. If he’s showing you a new pipe design he’s just finished, he’s simultaneously telling you about the next idea this one has generated. […]

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Tamper revolution

Tamper revolution

ZapZap tampers explore new expressions of one of pipe smoking’s simplest tools by Stephen A. Ross A set of old billiard balls he picked up at a secondhand store was all it took for Dmitri Plechtchev’s fertile mind to start considering what he could do with them. An accomplished artist with paintings and sculptures that […]

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A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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Lost and found

Lost and found

At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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