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Italian revelry

Italian revelry

Alberto Bonfiglioli shares his talent and generosity with the world by Stephen A. Ross If wealth were measured by the number of friends you have instead of the wad of cash you’ve got in your bank account, then Alberto Bonfiglioli would be a perennial contender for Forbes magazine’s list of 400 richest people in the […]

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Hunger for handmades

Hunger for handmades

Trending up with a new generation of entrepreneurs by Ben Rapaport Myriad online posts and plenty of new pipe books shower praise on them. Many pipe smokers buy them not only to smoke but also to build a representative collection of these originals. In our hyper-opinionated digital culture, just about everyone’s got a confident view- […]

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Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Randy Wiley accommodates every change during 40 years of pipemaking by Chuck Stanion The Tobacconist of Temple Terrace in north Tampa, Florida, is no longer there, but in the mid-’90s it was a comfortable place to relax and smoke with interesting people. Plumbers and landscapers, lawyers and judges, retirees, students and professors, cops, pilots, and […]

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Sharing the insanity

Sharing the insanity

Legendary Milanese pipe shop Al Pascià shares its pipe passion with the rest of the world by Stephen A. Ross Every Saturday hundreds of pipe smokers and collectors from around the world log onto their computers to visit the Al Pascià website to browse the new pipes that the shop unveils weekly. The items of […]

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2016 Pipe of the Year

2016 Pipe of the Year

This year’s Pipe of the Year is a North American classic with subtle Danish influences. A modified bent brandy with horn shank extension, it was designed and made by Randy Wiley specifically for this project. Wiley has been making pipes for more than 40 years and has built a reputation for creating innovative styles and […]

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The bell of Christmas

The bell of Christmas

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont, angry columnist, left the offices of the Mill River Standard Times at 5:16 p.m. on a Wednesday. He stopped just outside the front door and, under the close examination of girlfriend Simone LaCroix, packed and lit a long-stemmed GBD Canadian. Dupont, 56, with 30 years in the newspaper […]

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Extraordinary ephemera

Extraordinary ephemera

Catalogs as a glimpse into a bygone smoking era by Ben Rapaport Today, most information about products we need is online because most companies and stores have a Web presence and many operate exclusively online. However, for more than 100 years, manufacturers, retailers and traveling salesmen used catalogs to reach buyers who couldn’t visit their […]

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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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