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The FDA makes its move

The FDA makes its move

by William C. Nelson On May 5, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had finalized a rule in which it “deemed”  its  own  regulatory  authority to extend to all tobacco products, encompassing pipe tobacco, cigars, hookah tobacco and e-cigarettes, among other  industry-related  items,  including pipes and their constituent parts. News of […]

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Kansas City carving contest

Kansas City carving contest

This year’s shape, the author, proved undeniably impressive by Chuck Stanion The Greater Kansas City Pipe Club honored me again this year by offering the privilege of helping judge entries in the North American Pipe Carving Contest, along with Gregory Pease of G.L. Pease tobaccos and George Dibos of Precision Smoking  Pipe  Rejuvenation  &  Repair […]

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Making time for making pipes

Making time for making pipes

Grant Batson lives life as a headlong plunge by William C. Nelson Grant Batson is a 41-year-old pipemaker in Nashville, Tennessee, living in a gorgeous, upscale home and, together with his wife, Jill, shepherding four Batson children into and through adolescence, seemingly   as   if   there   were   nothing to it. Batson’s house can be a clamorous […]

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The Death Knock

The Death Knock

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Before he became the columnist for his hometown newspaper, the Mill River Standard Times, Jack Dupont spent five years on a large Midwestern daily. Straight out of college, he took the first job he could get and worked his way up from covering school committee meetings in the suburbs to […]

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Peterson’s 150-year legacy

Peterson's 150-year legacy

With sales in its home country stagnant, the Irish pipemaker stakes its future on the U.S. and other export markets by H. Lee Murphy Fewer than 5 million people live in the whole of Ireland, with the country’s capital, Dublin, and its environs accounting for about a quarter of that. But are any of them […]

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Resurrections

Resurrections

Standard Tobacco of Pennsylvania is doing interesting work by William Serad There are many who think we are in the Golden Age of pipe tobacco blending, a notion supported by a great deal of objective evidence. But some of us, aged to a ripe maturity yet still in possession of our mental and sensory faculties, […]

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Home away from home

Home away from home

Just for Him in Springfield, Missouri, is more than a tobacco shop by Stephen A. Ross When it’s done right, a premium tobacco shop is far more than just the products and services it sells—it’s a community where friendships thrive and business deals come together. It’s a place of laughter, learning and camaraderie, where a […]

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Pesaro original

Pesaro original

The first Pesaro pipe factory, Mastro de Paja, continues to share its pipe passion by Stephen A. Ross Mark Twain took a rather dim view of patriotism, once writing that a patriot was “the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.” There was a lot of hollering going on […]

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Dan Chlebove keeps on truckin’

Dan Chlebove keeps on truckin'

The man making Gabrieli pipes says tenacity is a very sharp tool indeed by William C. Nelson What on earth ever gave Dan Chlebove the notion that he could earn a living as an artist? The carver making all those gorgeous Gabrieli pipes that have devotees beating a path to his door is in fact […]

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The metal alternative

The metal alternative

Dead Guy Pipes and Drew Melpolder are moving pipe smokers beyond briar by H. Lee Murphy As he sets up the display tables for his quirky metal designs at pipe shows in places like Chicago and St. Louis, Drew Melpolder is struck by the reaction he gets from visitors. Some people are curious, others are […]

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