Category: Feature Article

A splash of white

A splash of white

by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont did not think of himself as two people, not really. Still, he knew the difference between the man he called “Deadline Jack” and the other, gentler man he called “Ti Jean.” “Deadline Jack” was his columnist persona, the swearing, bourbon- drinking, writing, cynical, loud, fedora-wearing reporter who had been […]

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Perserving tradition

Perserving tradition

Chacom preserves nearly 200 years of history By Stephen A. Ross In 1825, the Comoy family began making mouthpieces out of mostly boxwood in Avignon, a small village located in the hills surrounding Saint-Claude, France. It was merely 10 years after Napoleon Bonaparte’s crushing final defeat at Waterloo and only four years after the exiled […]

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Associative tampers

Associative tampers

The history of pipe tampers reflects a tendency to combine this simple smoking tool with other important activities By Alastair Leslie Photos by Lorenzo Ali Generally well known is the fact that, from the earliest days, smoking rapidly became extremely popular and closely associated with drinking. Indeed, in the early days of the 17th century, […]

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KC contest

KC contest

The Greater Kansas City carving contest once again attracts phenomenal designs The annual North American Pipe-carving Contest, held at the Kansas City pipe show each year, has proven to be popular and groundbreaking. Dozens of carvers enter every year and seven pipes are chosen for the final winning set, which is always beautifully presented in […]

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Pipe smokers’ paradise

Pipe smokers’ paradise

A great spot to grab a six-pack, a bottle of wine and a few tins of tobacco By T.S. Donahue A pipe shop should smell a certain way. It’s the blending together of all those different sweet tobaccos, creating that tantalizing olfactory experience that can only be found inside a good tobacconist. For a lot […]

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Cup O’ Joes

Cup O’ Joes

Spectacular ambiance is just part of this shop’s success Twenty years ago, Kathleen Kelly was having a tough time finding work. She’d just moved to Lake George, N.Y. Her love for the area was almost genetic—her parents had honeymooned in Lake George, and it was a favorite destination for family vacations when she was a […]

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Monstrosities

Monstrosities

These are not your grandfather’s pipes by Chuck Stanion When a classically trained artist possesses an innate love for pipes, it’s inevitable that the two interests will collide in interesting ways. However, not even Nostrodamus could have predicted Olie Sylvester’s Monstrosity pipes. Only Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft in their most fevered night terrors […]

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Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Sometimes drastic events lead to great changes By Chuck Stanion He’d finally conquered his slice. Joe Skoda’s golf game, while at a near professional level, had suffered from his tendency to slice, but after intense professional coaching, he’d figured it out. In 1977, his game was better than ever and he was considering a professional […]

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Following his heart

Following his heart

After years pursuing a career in medical research, Peter Heding finds his true calling By Stephen A. Ross If science never finds a cure for Type I diabetes, then perhaps Tom Eltang is to blame. After all, it was Eltang who mentored Peter Heding, a young molecular biologist specializing in diabetes treatment research, in his […]

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The briar trade

The briar trade

Makers, manufacturers and brands that time forgot By Ben Rapaport From its inception in the late 1850s, the briar industry has seen growth and expansion that would be best described as evolutionary, starting with that cottage epicenter, St. Claude—with small- and medium-sized workshops—that evolved in the next hundred years into today’s global market comprised, principally, […]

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