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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, […]

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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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Metallica! Not the heavy metal band … heavy metal pipes!

Metallica! Not the heavy metal band … heavy metal pipes!

According to Warman’s Antiques and Their Prices (1991) “… the collecting of antique pipes is an amorphous, maligned and misunderstood hobby.” Not quite accurate, but what is fact is that collectors of antique pipes are fortunate. They have lots of choices, from ceramic, clay, block and pressed meerschaum, porcelain, and wood, to the more esoteric […]

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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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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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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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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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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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