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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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An Amazing Story

An Amazing Story

A most unusual table pipe The elephant in the room … figuratively speaking by Ben Rapaport My passion is to preserve pipe history as revealed in the art of the pipe and, whenever possible, to document the connective tissue between the pipes of yesterday and today. When I pull at a thread pertaining to today’s […]

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Playing with nature

Playing with nature

Renowned briar cutter Domenico “Mimmo” Romeo is also a talented pipemaker by Stephen A. Ross Oh, to be Mimmo! Domenico Romeo, known throughout the pipe world as Mimmo, lives a sweet life. He has a beautiful wife and two precious young daughters. He lives in the Italian Riviera town of Arma di Taggia, with a […]

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The English pipe you may not know

The English pipe you may not know

From his old English farmhouse, Peter Ellam produces Invicta for the masses by H. Lee Murphy There are bigger and fancier and better organized pipe workshops, but almost certainly none as old as that of Invicta Briars. The owner, Peter Ellam, toils away in Stanbridge, England, in a farmhouse complex that dates to the 1400s. […]

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