Fall 2015 : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Category: Fall 2015

Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tage Gage and Bobby Fabian With this issue, Bobby Fabian joins Tad Gage in writing “Trial by fire,” adding his insightful assessments and providing a new dimension to these reviews by recommending various beverages to accompany the tobaccos tasted. The choice of beverage is an important consideration for pipe smokers. A beverage can often […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Spontaneous combustion

Spontaneous combustion

by G.L. Pease We are pleased to introduce a new column, “Spontaneous combustion,” by Gregory Pease of G.L. Pease Tobacco. Pease is widely admired not only as a remarkably talented tobacco blender and a gifted photographer but as a pipe collector with a rare discernment for detail. He has been one of the judges for […]

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Smokeless tobacco

Smokeless tobacco

Fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont’s $880-a-week reporter’s salary did not stretch far enough to cover the $100 Brooks Brothers shirts he wore to work. It likewise did not cover $400 collectible pipes, the fedoras he ordered online from a hat shop in New York City, the vintage tweed jackets he bought on eBay […]

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Sutliff blender Carl McAllister retires

Sutliff blender Carl McAllister retires

A temp job became the American dream by William C. Nelson Carl McAllister knows he’s a lucky guy. While employed with Sutliff Tobacco Company as chief blender and manager of quality control, the Blacksburg, Virginia, native (“King of Aromatics,” he is called) always stayed current on economic trends. He was alive to the disquieting changes […]

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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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Cornell & Diehl: A story of growth continues

Cornell & Diehl: A story of	growth continues

Firm merged and co-located with Laudisi Enterprises by William C. Nelson Fans of tobacco blending house Cornell & Diehl (C&D) may already know some of its back story. In the early 1990s Craig and Patty Tarler bought themselves an old, somewhat obscure and declining tobacco blending company in New York City with roots that went […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Walther Smoking Pipes Before becoming a pipemaker, Bill Walther worked as a chemical engineer, real estate director and antique watch repairman. He made pipes as a hobby before retiring in November 2013 and becoming a full-time pipemaker. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, Walther crafts pipes that are for sale on his Facebook page, Walther Smoking […]

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Kansas City contest results

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 […]

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Briar Lab celebrates first open lab

Briar Lab celebrates first open lab

On Saturday, July 25, approximately 70 people gathered at an industrial park on Indianapolis, Indiana’s north side to enjoy beer, barbecue cooked over briar coals, and tobacco—lots and lots of tobacco—as part of the first Open Lab at Briar Lab. Created by pipemakers to serve the pipemaking community, Briar Lab is the brainchild of Michael […]

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