Winter 2018 : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Category: Winter 2018

Editor’s desk: The more things change…

I’ve had weeks to think about how to approach this commentary, and I still hardly know what to say. I also realize a lot of you hardly know what to expect. For two decades, Chuck Stanion’s incomparable editorials filled this space, and his wisdom poured unsparingly into every page of this magazine. How can I […]

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Trial by fire

The reality of today’s pipe tobacco world is that few new blends are appearing, numerous blends are disappearing, and many fabulous tobaccos are out of stock as everyone has been stocking up in anticipation of changing laws (which may or may not happen). We enjoyed the opportunity to visit a few classic and available selections […]

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Spontaneous combustion

I recently attended the Kansas City pipe show. There is one thing that every single person who walks through the doors of a pipe show has in common with every other person, and that is a passion for and devotion to pipes and tobaccos. No one who goes to a show needs another pipe, or […]

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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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Fight for Christmas

Fight for Christmas

The Santa Claus, made of long red and white balloons twisted together, was probably 8 feet tall, and it stood in the middle of the atrium at the Mill River Public Library. Around it, tables offered the poorer children of Mill River a chance to decorate Christmas cookies, make a Christmas tree ornament out of […]

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Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

It was a privilege to be allowed to sit quietly in the room, observing the three judges deliberating, and it was a revelation to see how systematically they approached their selections. The pipes were lined up from one end of a long conference table to the other. Deliberations began with each judge slowly walking the […]

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Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

It is, let us say, uncommon to find a general-practice physician crafting smoking pipes. Dr. Robert Kiess is not bashful in his disdain for the anti-smokers’ insistence on conflating the hazards of cigarette smoking with the lofty and comparatively benign pastime of pipe smoking. Years ago he adopted the name “Dr. Bob” for his pipemaking […]

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