Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine
  • Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

    Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

    This man of many talents is putting China on the map of pipemaking excellence. by Steve Morrisette  Ping Zhan   China presents to the world a culture as civilized as it is ancient, its history stretching back at least to 2700 B.C. It was the Chinese who gave us paper, movable type, the navigational compass, […]

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  • A friendship in art

    A friendship in art

    Two disparate talents — pipemaker Mark Tinsky and novelist Jesse Bullington — connect in an improbable collaboration. Intro by Jesse Bullington The relationship between fantasy and pipe smoking is as old as Middle-earth and as proud as a Proudfoot. After all, even if you don’t get genealogical jokes about that or any other famous hobbit […]

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  • John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

    John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

    — In Fall River, Massachusetts, home of Lizzie Borden by Marc Monroe Dion Sometimes it’s hard not to think of pipe smoking as, if not a lost art, then maybe an art of loss. John Brandt, owner of the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, Massachusetts, doesn’t agree. Not only does he run an […]

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  • A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

    A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

    by Ben Rapaport Is an aromatic or Oriental blend one of your preferred pipe tobaccos? In a sense, it’s a trick question. Today, the distinction between aromatics and Orientals is sharply drawn in the minds of many American pipe smokers. “Aromatic,” in the popular American sense, refers to blends — predominantly Burley or Cavendish — […]

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  • Father and son

    Father and son

    The family pipe tradition carries on at Uhle’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by H. Lee Murphy Want a taste of the old German culture of Milwaukee? Stay overnight amid the glorious Victorian-era luxuries of the downtown Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, and then walk a few blocks for an afternoon smoke in the well-worn lounge of […]

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Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

This man of many talents is putting China on the map of pipemaking excellence. by Steve Morrisette  Ping Zhan   China presents to the world a culture as civilized as it is ancient, its history stretching back at least to 2700 B.C. It was the Chinese who gave us paper, movable type, the navigational compass, […]

Read More

A friendship in art

A friendship in art

Two disparate talents — pipemaker Mark Tinsky and novelist Jesse Bullington — connect in an improbable collaboration. Intro by Jesse Bullington The relationship between fantasy and pipe smoking is as old as Middle-earth and as proud as a Proudfoot. After all, even if you don’t get genealogical jokes about that or any other famous hobbit […]

Read More

John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

— In Fall River, Massachusetts, home of Lizzie Borden by Marc Monroe Dion Sometimes it’s hard not to think of pipe smoking as, if not a lost art, then maybe an art of loss. John Brandt, owner of the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, Massachusetts, doesn’t agree. Not only does he run an […]

Read More

A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

by Ben Rapaport Is an aromatic or Oriental blend one of your preferred pipe tobaccos? In a sense, it’s a trick question. Today, the distinction between aromatics and Orientals is sharply drawn in the minds of many American pipe smokers. “Aromatic,” in the popular American sense, refers to blends — predominantly Burley or Cavendish — […]

Read More

Father and son

Father and son

The family pipe tradition carries on at Uhle’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by H. Lee Murphy Want a taste of the old German culture of Milwaukee? Stay overnight amid the glorious Victorian-era luxuries of the downtown Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, and then walk a few blocks for an afternoon smoke in the well-worn lounge of […]

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Ismail Çelebi, keeping the meerschaum tradition alive

Ismail Çelebi, keeping the meerschaum tradition alive

Forty-nine-year-old Ismail Çelebi (pronounced ish-my-el che-le-bee) is something of a rare breed these days. Briar artisans are easy to find, but meerschaum carvers, not so much. Lately, just in the last year or two, stateside collectors of intricately carved block meerschaum pipes have been turning their attention to the beautiful pieces that Çelebi has offered, […]

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Other stories

Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

In just about every war, governments have regarded tobacco for those in uniform important for morale. At least as far back as the mid-1800s, one particular keepsake of war has become a desirable collectible: the tobacco pipe. Three, chronologically, come to mind: the soldier-carved wood pipes of the American Civil War, the German porcelain Reservistenpfeife […]

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Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

It happens every year in May at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. For two decades, the Doctor of Pipes awards have been conferred at the show, one every year in each of two categories: trade and hobby—that is, two awards are given out, one for a private individual who has advanced the hobby […]

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Smoking guitars

Smoking guitars

From his Wisconsin workshop, artisan Joe Nelson divides his time between pipes and stringed instruments by H. Lee Murphy The best craftsmen, it is said, are singularly focused on their work, often to the point of obsession. The furniture maker will search lumber yards all over for just the right piece of maple for the […]

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In search of Steve Norse

In search of Steve Norse

Can the owner of pipemaker supply company Vermont Freehand find time to make pipes himself? by William C. Nelson If you’re to stand any chance of finding pipeman Steve Norse—of being able to observe him up close where he lives and works—you really have to take a winding road. Dorset, Vermont, is, to understate the […]

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Pipes alive in London

Pipes alive in London

The smoking scene in London: Dunhill, briar clubs and smoking terraces by H. Lee Murphy Phillip Shervington, a sales manager at the revered James J. Fox tobacconist on St James’s Street in London, has been selling pipes in the neighborhood for more than half a century. “When I started here in the early 1960s there […]

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Scottish survivor

Scottish survivor

The Pipe Shop in Edinburgh defies EU anti-smoking forces by H. Lee Murphy Anybody disillusioned by the decline in tobacconists around the U.S. ought to be glad he’s not living in the United Kingdom. There, in the cradle of pipemaking and pipe smoking—think Dunhill and Barling and Sherlock Holmes—retail tobacco is in perilous free fall […]

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Other Recent Articles

The Richmond Pipe Show returns

The Richmond Pipe Show returns

Friends and patrons of the famously splendid Richmond Pipe Show recall the sad news that came to us four years ago. In August 2014, the Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers (CORPS) announced that their 2014 Pipe Smokers Celebration and Exposition would be their last, at least for the foreseeable future. Much happier news comes to […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Flakes! Despite the loss of great flake tobacco from McClelland Tobacco, today there are many fantastic classics and some new entrants to please the palate. Fall and winter are the perfect seasons to enjoy the fruits of the painstaking aging, pressing and slicing processes that give us flakes. They invite leisurely preparation, careful packing and […]

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Pipefuls by William Serad

Pipefuls by William Serad

“The level head, philosophical outlook and deep thinking associated with the pipe are universal values not offered by other tobacco consumption, and through the smoke, metaphorical and real, comes goodwill, hope, kindness and sharing that the world needs. Mankind needs the pipe.” Given how unfashionable tobacco use is just now, pipe smoking frequently comes under […]

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Spontaneous Combustion by G.L. Pease

Spontaneous Combustion by G.L. Pease

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” It’s a nice quote often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain, and though it certainly seems like something he would write, according to researchers of these sorts of things, the earliest published version of it is actually buried in Joseph Anthony Wittreich’s 1987 tome, Feminist Milton. In it, […]

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Editor's Desk: A pipeman's vacation

Editor’s Desk: A pipeman’s vacation

I had a working lunch this past week in a little cafe not far from the coast, where most of the customers looked to be beachgoers. I could tell by the sand on their sandals and the scent of sunscreen. It got me to thinking: I wished I could be one of them. A bona […]

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Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire takes its first look at the Holger Danske brand—Danish-style tobaccos from the pros at Germany’s Planta Tabak. The blends might be a little hard to find but might also be worth the quest. G.L. Pease’s tobaccos are certainly well-known commodities, but we thought it was time to provide our take on two […]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion

“Smoke the hell out of it.” This was the advice given to me when I was just a briar sprout, challenged with an old Charatan Relief Grain bulldog that wasn’t delivering the goods. It’s not that it tasted bad; it didn’t. Though the pipe was fairly old, it hadn’t been smoked much, and it was […]

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Editor’s Desk

Editor’s Desk

I had the best of intentions for this editorial. I had planned to spend International Pipe Smoking Day driving the streets and byways of my home county pursuing a journalistic quest—a search for pipe smokers in the wild. I had a route all planned, including mall parking lots, smoking areas just outside the jurisdictions of […]

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The House of Pipes: Long gone, but not forgotten

The House of Pipes: Long gone, but not forgotten

by Ben Rapaport There are lots of House of Pipes tobacco stores in the USA, but I want to shine a light on the House of Pipes, a museum little-known outside of Britain that had a welcoming beginning, a tragic midlife and a denouement at public auction. Located in the sleepy village of Bramber, West […]

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Lars Ivarsson (1944-2018): A legend lives on

Lars Ivarsson (1944-2018): A legend lives on

by Rick Newcombe Lars Ivarsson was a master pipemaker from Denmark who changed the world of pipes forever. Sadly, he died at age 73 on Feb. 11, 2018, but his impact can be seen in the details of every new handmade pipe created by an artisan pipemaker, whether in the United States, Japan, China, Russia, […]

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