Spring 2018 : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Category: Spring 2018

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire

Trial by Fire takes its first look at the Holger Danske brand—Danish-style tobaccos from the pros at Germany’s Planta Tabak. The blends might be a little hard to find but might also be worth the quest. G.L. Pease’s tobaccos are certainly well-known commodities, but we thought it was time to provide our take on two […]

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Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion

“Smoke the hell out of it.” This was the advice given to me when I was just a briar sprout, challenged with an old Charatan Relief Grain bulldog that wasn’t delivering the goods. It’s not that it tasted bad; it didn’t. Though the pipe was fairly old, it hadn’t been smoked much, and it was […]

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Editor’s Desk

Editor’s Desk

I had the best of intentions for this editorial. I had planned to spend International Pipe Smoking Day driving the streets and byways of my home county pursuing a journalistic quest—a search for pipe smokers in the wild. I had a route all planned, including mall parking lots, smoking areas just outside the jurisdictions of […]

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The House of Pipes: Long gone, but not forgotten

The House of Pipes: Long gone, but not forgotten

by Ben Rapaport There are lots of House of Pipes tobacco stores in the USA, but I want to shine a light on the House of Pipes, a museum little-known outside of Britain that had a welcoming beginning, a tragic midlife and a denouement at public auction. Located in the sleepy village of Bramber, West […]

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Lars Ivarsson (1944-2018): A legend lives on

Lars Ivarsson (1944-2018): A legend lives on

by Rick Newcombe Lars Ivarsson was a master pipemaker from Denmark who changed the world of pipes forever. Sadly, he died at age 73 on Feb. 11, 2018, but his impact can be seen in the details of every new handmade pipe created by an artisan pipemaker, whether in the United States, Japan, China, Russia, […]

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Tim Thorpe’s drive for perfection

Tim Thorpe’s drive for perfection

by William Serad Imagine the friendly and homey aroma of Middleton Cherry Blend wafting from Dr. Grabows, Kaywoodies and meerschaums. Picture your father as the smoker, while in your mind’s eye you handle his pipes with a child’s interest and curiosity. Think too of the fond olfactory, visual and tactile memories being lodged in your […]

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Pipe math: Bringing perspective to the artisan pipe market

Pipe math: Bringing perspective to the artisan pipe market

by Scott Klein Of all the personality types I encounter shopping at pipe shows, one variety that sticks out conspicuously is the folks doing their pipe math. You see it at every show: A person will pick up a pipe and go immediately for the price tag. Granted, some are really just unaware of the […]

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2017 China pipe show: A road report

2017 China pipe show: A road report

by Steve Morrisette The 2017 Chengde International Pipe Art Show (known in the trade simply as the China show) brought together top pipemakers from around the globe, mostly from Europe and central Asia, with only a few from the U.S. It is a highly organized, even orchestrated event that is invitation-only. The year 2017 marked […]

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Confessions of a rookie pipe smoker

by Brian Ledtke [Editor’s note: Experienced pipe smokers sometimes forget what it was like when we first tried to light up. It can be nostalgic watching a newbie learning the ropes. It can be a bit humorous, too.] “It is exciting to be on this journey, and I am very thankful to Cliff for helping […]

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