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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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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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Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

Wehrmacht tobacco pipes

In just about every war, governments have regarded tobacco for those in uniform important for morale. At least as far back as the mid-1800s, one particular keepsake of war has become a desirable collectible: the tobacco pipe. Three, chronologically, come to mind: the soldier-carved wood pipes of the American Civil War, the German porcelain Reservistenpfeife […]

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A Peterson pilgrimage

A Peterson pilgrimage

The Irish have enacted some of the most draconian anti-smoking laws and highest tobacco taxes anywhere in the world. Yet that hasn’t slowed business at the flagship Peterson shop on bustling Nassau Street in Dublin, where sales volumes reach heights that most tobacco merchants elsewhere can only dream about. Considering its massive wallmounted displays of […]

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The blender’s notebook: Latakia

The blender's notebook: Latakia

In the coming issues, Pipes and tobaccos magazine will be talking to some of the world’s top pipe tobacco blenders about how they do their jobs and create the blends that we all know and love. For the premiere installment, Mary McNiel of McClelland Tobacco Company; Mark Ryan of Daughters & Ryan; Russ Ouellette of […]

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