Feature Article : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

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Kansas City contest results

Kansas City contest results

by Chuck Stanion The 16th annual Kansas City Pipe and Tobacco Show, held in June, again featured the North American Pipe Carving Contest, which has become an event of importance and interest in the pipe world. The contest’s intent is to help promote, support and highlight the skills of North American pipe carvers, and their […]

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Briar Lab celebrates first open lab

Briar Lab celebrates first open lab

On Saturday, July 25, approximately 70 people gathered at an industrial park on Indianapolis, Indiana’s north side to enjoy beer, barbecue cooked over briar coals, and tobacco—lots and lots of tobacco—as part of the first Open Lab at Briar Lab. Created by pipemakers to serve the pipemaking community, Briar Lab is the brainchild of Michael […]

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Complex simplicity

Complex simplicity

For Bennie Pipes, less is more by Stephen A. Ross Danish pipemaker Benni Jørgensen sits quietly at the kitchen table inside his home in Præstø, Denmark, a community of nearly 4,000 people that’s approximately 60 miles from Copenhagen on the southeastern coast of Zealand. He sips his coffee and surveys the backyard, which he has […]

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Pipe evangelist

Pipe evangelist

Justin Fornal establishes the Small Game Dinner and Bronx Pipe Smoking Society by Nathaniel Adams Photos by Rose Callahan Standing at 6-foot-1 without taking his hair into account, broad-backed with a generous surplus of muscles, eyes possessed of the pure giddy light of a satisfied arsonist, Justin Fornal, aka Baron Ambrosia, already looks rather more […]

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Chance encounter

Chance encounter

Build a website, find a career by Stephen A. Ross The last notes of Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” reverberate inside the meeting hall at Milan’s Fornace Curti as the four members of a string quartet rise and bow, acknowledging the applause from the audience, an assembly of pipemakers, retailers and pipe collectors from around the […]

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Seeking balance

Seeking balance

Love Geiger and Sara Mossberg seek the proper balance between work and home life, production demands and creativity by Stephen A. Ross For most artisan pipemakers, making pipes is a solitary expression of creative energy. They thrive on the independence and seclusion that working from their own studios can bring. They savor the solitude, the […]

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Losing anonymity

Losing anonymity

Mogens “Johs” Johansen is at last gaining a well-deserved reputation by Stephen A. Ross You might not have heard about Mogens “Johs” Johansen, but if you’ve got a Bjarne pipe, you might have a pipe made by him. For 15 years Johansen, along with a few other Danish pipemakers, anonymously made pipes for Bjarne Nielsen, […]

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The bar

The bar

Fiction by William Serad A priest, a rabbi and a minister went into a bar, as they had every week for years. “Is this a joke?” the bartender asked, as he always did, and laughed, as he always did. “Would you like the usual?” he asked as they went to their usual table. They nodded […]

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Pipes and divorce

Pipes and divorce

Before things get bad, hide the good pipes by Marty Pulvers There are some columns that deserve to be repeated yearly, for new arrivals or even as critical reminders to regular visitors to this spot. This is one of those articles, although it has been some years since I last delivered it. Yes, it would […]

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Desert retailing

Desert retailing

A tobacco shop that caters to presidents, actors and athletes in the Southern California sun by H. Lee Murphy In the decades since its founding in Santa Monica, California, in 1928, the Tinder Box International chain has served as a training ground or even a farm system for employees who graduated on to careers in […]

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