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Briar expressions

Briar expressions

The expressive pipes of Salvatore Amorelli tell vivid stories by Stephen A. Ross Life as a pipemaker has been very good for Salvatore Amorelli. Since deciding to leave his studies in computer science at a university in Pisa, Italy, to embrace a newfound passion for pipes, which he discovered after buying a pipe for a […]

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Russ Ouellette finds a home

Russ Ouellette finds a home

A lifetime journey lands a blender just where he belongs by William C. Nelson People who don’t know tend to think of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, as a post-industrial Rust Belt center of closed factories and limited opportunities. In fact, this city of 75,000 (and briskly growing) is today rediscovering its creative energy, and it shows in […]

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Know your pipe tobaccos

Know your pipe tobaccos

Taking some of the mystery out of those tin descriptions we all read by William C. Nelson As with the making of fine wines, the creation of a pipe blend can depend on any number of constituent varietals. Most avid pipe smokers would like to know more about what goes into the blends they love, […]

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With a gun and a badge

With a gun and a badge

In a Midwestern college town, retired policeman Patrick Callaghan presides over Jon’s Pipe Shop by H. Lee Murphy Like colleges everywhere these days, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has ordained its entire campus as nonsmoking. That has sent both professors and students—the university has an enrollment surpassing 40,000—seeking refuge in the only tobacconist of […]

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Smokeless tobacco

Smokeless tobacco

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont’s $880-a-week reporter’s salary did not stretch far enough to cover the $100 Brooks Brothers shirts he wore to work. It likewise did not cover $400 collectible pipes, the fedoras he ordered online from a hat shop in New York City, the vintage tweed jackets he bought on eBay […]

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Sutliff blender Carl McAllister retires

Sutliff blender Carl McAllister retires

A temp job became the American dream by William C. Nelson Carl McAllister knows he’s a lucky guy. While employed with Sutliff Tobacco Company as chief blender and manager of quality control, the Blacksburg, Virginia, native (“King of Aromatics,” he is called) always stayed current on economic trends. He was alive to the disquieting changes […]

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Dr. S.O. Bentley

Dr. S.O. Bentley

Amateur American tobacco blender by Ben Rapaport I occasionally enjoy researching and writing about arcane and esoteric tobacco blends and blending processes, particularly when stimulated by a memorable chestnut, such as the E.L. Gartner article “Tobacco Blends. English Traveler Was First to Smoke Two Different Tobaccos; His Mixture Through Necessity Made Smoking a Finer Pleasure” […]

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Cornell & Diehl: A story of growth continues

Cornell & Diehl: A story of	growth continues

Firm merged and co-located with Laudisi Enterprises by William C. Nelson Fans of tobacco blending house Cornell & Diehl (C&D) may already know some of its back story. In the early 1990s Craig and Patty Tarler bought themselves an old, somewhat obscure and declining tobacco blending company in New York City with roots that went […]

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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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