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A Peterson pilgrimage

A Peterson pilgrimage

The Irish have enacted some of the most draconian anti-smoking laws and highest tobacco taxes anywhere in the world. Yet that hasn’t slowed business at the flagship Peterson shop on bustling Nassau Street in Dublin, where sales volumes reach heights that most tobacco merchants elsewhere can only dream about. Considering its massive wallmounted displays of […]

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The blender’s notebook: Latakia

The blender's notebook: Latakia

In the coming issues, Pipes and tobaccos magazine will be talking to some of the world’s top pipe tobacco blenders about how they do their jobs and create the blends that we all know and love. For the premiere installment, Mary McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Company; Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan; Russ Ouellette of […]

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Pipemaking as therapy

Pipemaking as therapy

Worcester, Massachusetts, a traditional New England mill town in the central part of the state, lies just outside the reach of Boston’s grasping western fringes. Worcester proper, home to some 185,000 souls, is the second-largest city in New England, after only Boston— a fact that is easy to overlook, given the town’s placement in the […]

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Marooned in his art

Marooned in his art

Steve Morrisette is surely one of the most recognizable figures at the pipe shows. You will find his 6-foot frame, a silver-bearded countenance peering from beneath a fedora, stalking rows of vendor tables, dressed as if for a board meeting, camera in hand— on the whole, a most photogenic and distinguished-looking fellow, snapping shots of […]

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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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Intentional pipemaking

Intentional pipemaking

Pipemaker David Huber, 33, working in a rented artist studio in Durham, North Carolina, has come a long way fast in the world of pipemaking. It was only in 2012, while he was managing a Verizon store in Chicago, that Huber finished his first pipe, using a Dremel and a rasping file he purchased at […]

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“Try my pipe for 30 days”

"Try my pipe for 30 days"

In the great American tradition of everyman briar pipes, many names come to mind: Dr. Grabow, Yello- Bole, Kaywoodie and Medico, among others. To me, the one with the most attention-getting advertising was always the E.A. Carey pipe: “Try my pipe FREE for 30 days. If you don’t like my pipe, smash it with a […]

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From playmaker to pipemaker

From playmaker to pipemaker

As a player in Italy’s third-division professional football league, Serie C, Franco Rossi was accustomed to hearing the adulation of adoring fans in a 17-year career that saw him play for several teams. As a midfielder, Rossi was a playmaker, something of a field general—setting up scoring opportunities for the forwards playing in front of […]

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Emotional connection

Emotional connection

They didn’t exactly strike fear into the hearts of their competitors, but whenever the slow-smoking competition team from Manifattura Pipe Brebbia (MPB) appeared at a slow-smoking contest in Europe in the 1960s, the other contestants knew that they would not be taking home the trophy for keeping a pipe lit the longest. Like another Italian […]

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The happiest confinement

The happiest confinement

It all happens out of sight from street gawkers, on a nondescript lane, in a one-floor building—modern but unremarkable—on the south side of Reggio Calabria, Italy, between the historic town center and the airport. It has been going on for 35 years, here at Italy’s southernmost point, the “toe of the boot.” For most of […]

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