Spring 2015 : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Category: Spring 2015

Pipelines

Pipelines

Smoking Santas I loved the article about Neil Strong’s smoking Santa Claus collection (“Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting,” P&T Vol. 19, No. 4). Seeing Santa Claus peacefully puffing on his pipe, while he brings joy and gifts to all the children in the world, brings a huge amount of serenity and contentment […]

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Parting Shots

Parting Shots

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Writers’ blocks

Writers' blocks

A survey of pipe and tobacco literature through time by Ben Rapaport Introduction They’re not the best-sellers listed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, nor are they books that would be the recipients of the Caldecott or Newbery medals, or a National or Whitbread Book Award. They’re not usually positioned on end caps […]

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Living his pipe dream

Living his pipe dream

German pipemaker Peter Klein makes pipes in his idyllic workshop by the Ringkobing Fjord by Stephen A. Ross Pope Gregory I wrote that envy is a sin, but he never met Peter Klein. Imagine living in a beautiful house with an impressive view of the idyllic and verdant Danish countryside from the backdoor and a […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad While no readers responded to my nomination request for membership in the “absolutely different pipe tobacco club” (nor did I shake loose commentary from the Burley boys), I did receive a very nice letter (an actual letter, not electronic communication) from Tom Cody of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His memory was jogged by my […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Tsuge tobaccos Japanese maker Tsuge Pipe has announced the introduction of eight very interesting new pipe tobaccos, four in each of two lines: “The Four Seasons” aromatics and “The God Series” traditional collection. Distributed in the U.S. by Drew Estate, these blends offer a new and fresh take on the art of tobacco blending. Look […]

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Nolan’s Tobacconist

Nolan's Tobacconist

Tackling smoking bans and tobacco taxes in northern Michigan by H. Lee Murphy After 37 years in the tobacco retailing business, Michael Nolan has some real perspective on the industry. As the owner of Nolan’s Tobacconist, in the pretty picture-postcard town of Traverse City, Mich., he can recall that in 1980 nearly 90 percent of […]

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Just like new

Just like new

Pipe repairman Chance Whittamore is taking restoration work to new heights by H. Lee Murphy Walk into any cocktail party attended by tobaccophiles, Chance Whittamore has noticed, and the pipe carvers are treated like rock stars. “Everybody wants to be around them,” he says. The pipe repairman? “He’s the Rodney Dangerfield of this hobby, never […]

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Paolo Becker, 1952-2014

Paolo Becker, 1952-2014

Paolo Becker has passed on. Just last August he found out that he was suffering with cancer, but he asked that I not share the information. Paolo was a private man and he did not wish for an outpouring from those who knew him or knew of him. This was typical of the man I […]

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On being a good listener

On being a good listener

Pipes by George knows what makes customers tick by William C. Nelson For 28 years George Hoffman has operated Pipes by George at the same Hillsborough Street location in Raleigh, N.C. Practically in the shadow of the bell tower at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Pipes by George benefits from a classic combination of reliable […]

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