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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

A most unusual table pipe The elephant in the room … figuratively speaking by Ben Rapaport My passion is to preserve pipe history as revealed in the art of the pipe and, whenever possible, to document the connective tissue between the pipes of yesterday and today. When I pull at a thread pertaining to today’s […]

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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

The tale of a king’s pipe by Ben Rapaport Today’s artisan briar pipemakers usually stamp their own distinguishing marks, such as a strike number, production date, signature or unique logo, somewhere on the shank, whereas factories have almost always stamped their brand on the stem— Dunhill’s “white dot,” the “C” for Comoy, the moustache for […]

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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

Accomplished artists, quirky art Cubism in briar by Ben Rapaport   The tobacco pipe is one of the most iconic images of the surrealist movement. Many artists have focused  on  this  subject,  portraits  of a  man  holding  or  smoking  a  pipe. A few of the more notable paintings variously  titled  Man  with  a  Pipe  or […]

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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

by Ben Rapaport I am pleased to join William Serad and Greg Pease with my own column. My first contribution is an abbreviated adaptation of Dr. Sarunas Peckus’ “The Circus Cheroot Holder: Mystery Solved!” (Journal of the Academie Internationale de la Pipe, Volume 4, 2011). The use of meerschaum as a pipe medium began in […]

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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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Extraordinary ephemera

Extraordinary ephemera

Catalogs as a glimpse into a bygone smoking era by Ben Rapaport Today, most information about products we need is online because most companies and stores have a Web presence and many operate exclusively online. However, for more than 100 years, manufacturers, retailers and traveling salesmen used catalogs to reach buyers who couldn’t visit their […]

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Dr. S.O. Bentley

Dr. S.O. Bentley

Amateur American tobacco blender by Ben Rapaport I occasionally enjoy researching and writing about arcane and esoteric tobacco blends and blending processes, particularly when stimulated by a memorable chestnut, such as the E.L. Gartner article “Tobacco Blends. English Traveler Was First to Smoke Two Different Tobaccos; His Mixture Through Necessity Made Smoking a Finer Pleasure” […]

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Writers’ blocks

Writers' blocks

A survey of pipe and tobacco literature through time by Ben Rapaport Introduction They’re not the best-sellers listed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, nor are they books that would be the recipients of the Caldecott or Newbery medals, or a National or Whitbread Book Award. They’re not usually positioned on end caps […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Tsuge tobaccos Japanese maker Tsuge Pipe has announced the introduction of eight very interesting new pipe tobaccos, four in each of two lines: “The Four Seasons” aromatics and “The God Series” traditional collection. Distributed in the U.S. by Drew Estate, these blends offer a new and fresh take on the art of tobacco blending. Look […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Proclaim Liberty Pipes and tobaccos’ former tobacco reviewer and current “Pipefuls” columnist, William Serad, has published his first novel, Proclaim Liberty. Serad has spent years researching, participating in and writing about the hobby of historical reenactment. He weaves his interests in reenacting and history with his disappointment in modern American politics to craft a modern-day […]

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