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Lasting legacy

Lasting legacy

Four years after the death of Giancarlo Guidi, his vision remains alive at Ser Jacopo by Stephen A. Ross Maurizio Fraternale, the owner of Ser Jacopo, is a proud man. His pride isn’t boastful but rather stems from the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing  a  promise  to  a  friend  who is no longer living. Fraternale’s […]

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Comforts of a pipemaker’s home

Comforts of a pipemaker's home

Steve Liskey makes beautiful pipes, up in the clouds in Southern California, where it snows by William C. Nelson Photos by Brighton de los Santos Steve Liskey, 32, has been making waves in the pipe world just long enough now that some of the trappings of fame are beginning to adhere to him. The Seattle […]

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The pipe-smoking triathlete

The pipe-smoking triathlete

Kris Barber turns out his Edwin Pipes when he can get away from his bike business by H. Lee Murphy Kris  Edwin  Barber  may  be  one  of the healthiest-looking pipe smokers around. At the age of 53 he stands 6-foot-3 and weighs just 170 pounds, all of it taut muscle. He’s a former triathlete, it […]

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The pipe stem

The pipe stem

Your pipe’s quiet giant by Tad Gage Briar, morta, cob, calabash, clay, meerschaum. Metal, ceramic, cherry, olive, stone, strawberry wood. Straight-grain, crosscut, bird’s-eye, ring grain, flame grain, no grain. Smooth, blasted, carved, chunked, stained, painted, chopped. Billiards, bulldogs, Bing, bent. No matter the pipe, the finish, the shape, size or material, what is a pipe […]

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Elegant designs

Elegant designs

Scottie Piersel is moving fast in the rarefied world of pipemaking by George Dibos When  watching  Scottie  Piersel  work on  a  pipe,  one  first  thing  you  notice is  the  intensity  of  her  gaze.  Somewhere between a Japanese shokunin perfection-chaser  and  a  bird  of  prey, she never stops looking, searching for things that aren’t quite right, […]

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The road less traveled

The road less traveled

Sometimes the creative urge is simply too much to resist by Stephen A. Ross Every  journey  begins  with  a  single step. Sometimes the journey is a short one with a clear path straight to one’s goal. Those journeys are far too rare. Most are tortuous—filled with detours and delays with obstacles occasionally causing one to […]

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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 business of making beautiful things

The business of making beautiful things

Pipemaker Scott Klein takes a purposeful view to his craft, and to life by William C. Nelson Scott Klein is a fairly young pipemaker, at 29 years old. He looks even younger than he is. Moreover, Klein has been making pipes full time for only a few years, which means his quick rise to pipemaking […]

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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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