Category: Feature Article

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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Lost and found

Lost and found

At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

by William C. Nelson So many obsessions begin modestly, with just a dabble and nothing more intended. It was at a Kmart in 1988 that pipe smoker and “since forever” Pipes and Tobaccos subscriber Neil Strong purchased a single porcelain Santa Claus figurine. To Strong, this Santa seemed especially endearing and worthy of a loving […]

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Editor’s Desk

Editor's Desk

Pipes are cigars? My neighbors think I work for a cigar magazine. It doesn’t matter that I’ve told them it’s a pipe magazine, that they see me smoking a pipe when I walk the dog or that I’m smoking a pipe in the car every time I drive past them. What they think is: cigars. […]

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A family affair

A family affair

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar celebrates 44 years in San Francisco’s North Bay by H. Lee Murphy Brian Telford, who is 66 years old, has really had only two careers in his life. He was an Army soldier in Vietnam, and within a week of his discharge in 1972 he joined a ready-made family business that […]

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It is good to be king

It is good to be king

…but all glory is fleeting by William C. Nelson Pity poor King Thibaw, the last sovereign of Burma. There cannot be any painless way to lose a kingdom, but in 1885 when King Thibaw fell, he fell especially fast and hard. Dethroned in a day by an invading British force, in no time did King […]

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Kansas City contest

Kansas City contest

The 2014 North American Pipe Carving Contest, hosted as in previous years by the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club at its yearly pipe show in June, was the fifth annual such event, with the greatest participation ever—57 entrants, a new record. This year saw two repeat winners: Rad Davis, who previously won in 2011 and […]

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TPC: The social media method

TPC: The social media method

By Chuck Stanion “I had a hell of a time trying to learn how to smoke a pipe, and that’s how it all started,” says Mike Lancaster. He’s tall and muscular, and to say he’s unshaven would be an understatement. His beard seems to sprout like an unruly shrub in all directions at once, much […]

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Counting his blessings

Counting his blessings

By Stephen A. Ross For some folks, finding a calling in life is an easy matter. From a young age, they know exactly what they want to be when they become adults. Others figure out what they want to do with their lives after trying a succession of jobs, like sampling clothes in the fitting […]

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Editor’s Desk

Editor's Desk

We have a new editor named William Nelson working with us, but we call him Cliff because he sometimes gets a distant, unfocused look in his eyes as if thinking about how enticing it might be to just give in and jump off a cliff, which is impressive because it usually takes a couple of […]

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