Category: Spring 2012

Ulm’s Ulmer: The über-pipe

Ulm’s Ulmer: The über-pipe

•By Ben Rapaport • Pipes from the Dr. Sarunas Peckus collection; photography by Darius Peckus• There are good pipes … and there are great pipes! Personally, I get great satisfaction in a story told, a case argued, a puzzle untangled. This is one of those occasions. As a student of pipe history, I have a […]

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Pipes at sea

Pipes at sea

•By Chuck Stanion, photos by Richard Friedman• Richard Friedman’s home is the 96-foot yacht The Alaskan Song, anchored in Bellingham, Wash., in Bellingham Harbor, where he and his wife, Nancy, stay through the seven months of winter weather that keeps them from taking charters along the Alaskan coast, as they do the rest of the year. […]

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The French maverick

The French maverick

•By Erwin Van Hove• What is it about pipes that makes university students give up their academic aspirations and architects and designers, musicians and educators, stone masons and farmers alike quit their jobs and end their careers? It can’t be denied: Pipes are femmes fatales, seductive yet dangerous sirens whose call is irresistible to some […]

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Tobacco renaissance

Tobacco renaissance

•By Stephen A. Ross• The worldwide pipe tobacco market may be relatively flat at the moment, but don’t tell that to folks at Mac Baren. The largest family-owned Danish tobacco company is excited about the future pipe tobacco market. Staffed by knowledgeable and dedicated tobacco people, Mac Baren has recently introduced 7 Seas, a new […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

•By Tad Gage and Joe Harb• In this interesting and eclectic tasting, we decided to review some new offerings as well as an established but perhaps not particularly well-known line of tobaccos. Villiger International, based in Switzerland and established in 1888, has long been associated with an excellent line of Dutch-style cigars and dry-cured cigarillos. […]

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Cast out

Cast out

When the world was young, Adam and Eve enjoyed an existence like no other. The weather was perfect, the animals friendly (except for one), and the tobacco was delicious beyond our capacity to imagine. Tobacco grew wild in all varieties and was delectable right after drying, but even better after the Lord showed Adam how […]

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Hidden gem

Hidden gem

•By Stephen A. Ross• If you’ve never attended the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana show, chances are you’ve never heard of The Briar & The Burley, a full-service tobacco shop located in Bloomington, Ind., that has a selection of pipes matched by very few tobacco shops in the United States. Mike Fisher, proprietor of The […]

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