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Fire

Fire

by Chuck Stanion Fire, of course, is the foundation of our pipe smoking pastime. Without fire, there would be no plumes of fragrant smoke. Our tobaccos need ignition, and we all have our own ways, but how did fire come about? How did we harness and tame it to our whims? Was it gods, or […]

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Stress relief

Stress relief

by Chuck Stanion With the election behind us and the holiday season before us, it’s a great time to be a pipe smoker—for the stress relief, don’t you know. The most detailed studies indicate that pipe smokers live as long as or longer than nonsmokers, and many have hypothesized that this is because pipe smoking […]

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Strange but true

Strange but true

by Chuck Stanion It was 1968 and our little farming village was in the middle of nowhere. That spring, a fellow named Zacharias Blump emerged from the forest and found his way to the village’s one-room church, where he raised an alarm. We saw him only every six months or so when he materialized to […]

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Yes, they grow on trees

Yes, they grow on trees

by Chuck Stanion I’m often asked, “Chuck, you’re famous for knowing everything there is to know about pipes—how do you do it?” Sadly, it’s asked only by myself in the bathroom mirror when I’m scouring barbecue sauce or Cheez Whiz out of my beard, but that won’t stop me from answering it here. The truth […]

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Home gardening

Home gardening

I get along fine with my neighbors, except for Mrs. Gulper, who looks like an emaciated prairie dog in pearls. Mrs. Gulper doesn’t like the casual way I tend our yard, and she hates it when I sit out there with a pipe. She knocks on my door every few months to recommend various yard […]

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Brain wreck

Brain wreck

I’m ambivalent about the value of my brain. Sometimes I think it’s working pretty well, but then it will do something stupid and alter my opinion. Mostly it stumbles along within acceptable parameters, but sometimes it tortures me for its own amusement—like when it tells me that the cheese decomposing in the back of the […]

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Editor’s Desk

Editor's Desk

Anti-smoking cats Cats are opinionated and judgmental creatures. I know because my two cats have a low opinion of and judge me all the time. They aren’t really my cats, of course—they’re more like live-in landlords. They’ve grudgingly allowed my family and me to live with them for the past 12 years. They don’t help […]

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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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First smoke

First smoke

Smoking was not a temptation to me when I was 9 years old. A few teenagers in the neighborhood smoked cigarettes, but I felt no need to emulate them. They were idiots—not because they smoked, but because they were, well, idiots. I didn’t want to look like them, act like them or appear to be […]

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The healing properties of tobacco

The healing properties of tobacco

When my brother and I were small, our family spent summers at a cottage on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., where we grew up. The lake was always glacially cold, but we’d stay in the water until we had turned blue enough for our parents to demand we regain normal body temperature in the sun, […]

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