Category: Feature Article

Focused pursuit

Focused pursuit

Wayne Tiepen doesn’t merely pick up pipemaking–he chases it with everything he’s got by Stephen A. Ross Wayne Teipen strives to get the most out of everything he does. Whether it’s in his health care profession, projects around the house, wilderness hikes or his recently found interest in pipemaking, the 42-year-old Indiana native rarely lets […]

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A small shop with a big inventory

A small shop with a big inventory

It doesn’t take a huge space to provide the best in pipe smoking by H. Lee Murphy Was it so long ago that enclosed malls were a prime destination for pipe and cigar shoppers? In the 1980s and even into the 1990s it seemed that every sizable retail center had a tobacco emporium where men […]

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Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

by Ben Rapaport It is often said that a good historian is a myth-buster. A better explanation comes from the historian Henry Adams: “Nothing is so astonishing in education as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts,” and there is certainly a mountain of inert facts that promotes ignorance in […]

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The clay tobacco pipe case

Lot 712
A Dutch dated boxwood pipe case
Mid-17th century
Carved with a pair of lions, a pair of birds, hearts and foliage and inscribed “ANNO
1649,” brass hinge
9.5 in. (24 cm.) long
Estimate £800–1,200
Price Realized £2,750

  An ingenious European tobacco trifle by Ben Rapaport Illustrations provided by Christie’s Images 2010 Of all the accessories in the taxonomy of tobacco- and pipe-related collectibles—the generally accepted term is tobacciana—jars, boxes, humidors, bags, pouches, racks, tampers (or, in the Queen’s English, tobacco-stoppers), tongs, tins and pails, et al., there is one lonely, near-forgotten […]

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Labor of love

Labor of love

An avid pipe lover, Denis Blanc leaves a successful engineering career to own two of France’s oldest brands by Stephen A. Ross There’s an old adage in some industries that if one wants to make a small fortune he must take a large fortune and engage in business. With an increasingly negative environment regarding smoking […]

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Who is smoking whom?

Baysal's Bacchanate

Strategies for coloring a meerschaum by Fred Bass Many meerschaum pipe aficionados smoke the blazes out of their treasured white pipes in active pursuit of the well-developed coloration that so few manage to achieve. Choosing the darker Cavendish blends with abundant oils, they push themselves late into the night, steadfastly puffing along, oblivious to the […]

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Continuing a legacy

Continuing a legacy

Sebastien Beaud considers himself a lucky man by continuing the legacy of a French pipe company with a history of more than 135 years by Stephen A. Ross A group of more than a dozen French preschool children on a field trip to the Genod pipe factory in St. Claude, France, suddenly quiet down as […]

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A splash of white

A splash of white

by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont did not think of himself as two people, not really. Still, he knew the difference between the man he called “Deadline Jack” and the other, gentler man he called “Ti Jean.” “Deadline Jack” was his columnist persona, the swearing, bourbon- drinking, writing, cynical, loud, fedora-wearing reporter who had been […]

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Perserving tradition

Perserving tradition

Chacom preserves nearly 200 years of history By Stephen A. Ross In 1825, the Comoy family began making mouthpieces out of mostly boxwood in Avignon, a small village located in the hills surrounding Saint-Claude, France. It was merely 10 years after Napoleon Bonaparte’s crushing final defeat at Waterloo and only four years after the exiled […]

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Associative tampers

Associative tampers

The history of pipe tampers reflects a tendency to combine this simple smoking tool with other important activities By Alastair Leslie Photos by Lorenzo Ali Generally well known is the fact that, from the earliest days, smoking rapidly became extremely popular and closely associated with drinking. Indeed, in the early days of the 17th century, […]

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