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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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Happiness is homemade

Happiness is homemade

Ardor pipes are about quality craftsmanship, artistic excellence and strong familial bonds by Stephen A. Ross Dorelio Rovera has seen a lot of changes in his nearly 60 years as a pipemaker. As a boy, he enjoyed watching his father, uncles and their 50 or so employees feverishly toiling at water-powered bandsaws, lathes and disc […]

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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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Opportunity of a lifetime

Opportunity of a lifetime

Marje Treff earns the chance to learn pipemaking from an Italian master by Stephen A. Ross As a professor of adult education and instructional systems technology at Indiana University, Dr. Marjorie (Marje) Treff encourages her students to always be on the lookout for opportunities to learn new skills. She urges them to show up every […]

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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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