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Kansas City contest results

by Chuck Stanion

The 16th annual Kansas City Pipe and Tobacco Show, held in June, again featured the North American Pipe Carving Contest, which has become an event of importance and interest in the pipe world. The contest’s intent is to help promote, support and highlight the skills of North American pipe carvers, and their skills were abundantly evident. It’s exciting to see not only beautifully rendered classical interpretations of traditional shapes but also the wide variety of creative interpretations.

The required shape for this year’s event was the cavalier, a shape reminiscent of the old Tyrolean pipes of Germany. With a bent shape, a cavalier’s smoke hole system travels all the way through the stem, past the airhole in the bottom of the bowl and into a “foot,” which has a cap on the end for removing accumulated moisture. Each of the entered pipes was required to adhere to this basic premise. However, the creativity evident in the entered pipes far sur- passed the basics of this design. There were beautifully rendered shapes based on the classic rendition of the cavalier as well as remarkable new interpretations of it.

The contest is set up with the idea of the seven winning pipes composing a kcsetseven-day set. Judges deliberate for hours over all the entered pipes and choose what they consider to be the best seven. This year there were also two pipes they determined were worthy of honorable mentions, made by Scott Klein and Wayne Teipen. The seven winning pipes were by Micah Cryder, Abe Herbaugh, Jesse Jones, Nate King, Clark Layton, Michael Lindner and Mark Price.

The winning seven-day set was placed on a special pipe stand commissioned and purchased by the Kansas City club for this purpose; this year the stand was made by Neal Yarm (www.nealyarmpipestands.com). The set was raffled and the proceeds of that raffle were divided among the winning pipemakers, each of whom received $900. The amount varies from year to year according to raffle sales; this year’s contest provided the highest amount the contest has ever realized. The winner of the raffle and the new owner of this remarkable set was Chance Whittamore.

All the other pipes entered were returned to the pipemakers or sold by the Greater Kansas City Pipe Club at the show for the pipemaker at whatever price the carver specified.

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Category: Fall 2015, Feature Article

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