Winter 2015 : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Category: Winter 2015

Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb There’s no shortage of pipe tobacco introductions these days (lucky for all of us)—both new blends and seemingly regular reintroductions of classics. We decided to review some of the new and a pinch of the new/old. Cornell & Diehl collaborated with artisan Danish pipemaker Tom Eltang, who has been […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Tom Eltang tobaccos

Tom Eltang tobaccos

Eltang marks his 40th anniversary of pipemaking with a new line of tobaccos by Chuck Stanion photos by Lars Kiel Tom Eltang is hardwired to develop new ideas. He can’t help himself. If he’s showing you a new pipe design he’s just finished, he’s simultaneously telling you about the next idea this one has generated. […]

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Tamper revolution

Tamper revolution

ZapZap tampers explore new expressions of one of pipe smoking’s simplest tools by Stephen A. Ross A set of old billiard balls he picked up at a secondhand store was all it took for Dmitri Plechtchev’s fertile mind to start considering what he could do with them. An accomplished artist with paintings and sculptures that […]

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So, just cream, right?

So, just cream, right?

fiction by Marc Munroe Dion Jack Dupont, in khaki pants and a hairy gray tweed sport coat, was waiting patiently to give his coffee order. His red-and-green plaid wool necktie was pulled tight until not a sliver of fabric showed between tie knot and freshly shaven neck, and his shoes were shined until they caught […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Proclaim Liberty Pipes and tobaccos’ former tobacco reviewer and current “Pipefuls” columnist, William Serad, has published his first novel, Proclaim Liberty. Serad has spent years researching, participating in and writing about the hobby of historical reenactment. He weaves his interests in reenacting and history with his disappointment in modern American politics to craft a modern-day […]

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A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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Lost and found

Lost and found

At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

Ho ho ho: 600 pipe-puffing Santas and counting

by William C. Nelson So many obsessions begin modestly, with just a dabble and nothing more intended. It was at a Kmart in 1988 that pipe smoker and “since forever” Pipes and Tobaccos subscriber Neil Strong purchased a single porcelain Santa Claus figurine. To Strong, this Santa seemed especially endearing and worthy of a loving […]

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Enigmatic Albert Pike

Enigmatic Albert Pike

Multidimensional man, meerschaum pipe maven by Ben Rapaport Quite a number of individuals here and abroad have been awarded one or more of the following honorary titles: Pipeman of the Month, Pipeman of the Year (an annual competition that started in Great Britain in 1964 and ended abruptly in 2003), Pipe Smoker of the Year, […]

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