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Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

Ping Zhan, blazing a trail for Chinese pipemakers

This man of many talents is putting China on the map of pipemaking excellence. by Steve Morrisette  Ping Zhan   China presents to the world a culture as civilized as it is ancient, its history stretching back at least to 2700 B.C. It was the Chinese who gave us paper, movable type, the navigational compass, […]

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A friendship in art

A friendship in art

Two disparate talents — pipemaker Mark Tinsky and novelist Jesse Bullington — connect in an improbable collaboration. Intro by Jesse Bullington The relationship between fantasy and pipe smoking is as old as Middle-earth and as proud as a Proudfoot. After all, even if you don’t get genealogical jokes about that or any other famous hobbit […]

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John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

John Brandt keeps the Wilke blends alive

— In Fall River, Massachusetts, home of Lizzie Borden by Marc Monroe Dion Sometimes it’s hard not to think of pipe smoking as, if not a lost art, then maybe an art of loss. John Brandt, owner of the Old Firehouse Smoke Shop in Fall River, Massachusetts, doesn’t agree. Not only does he run an […]

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A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

A lone wolf on aromatic or Oriental pipe tobacco

by Ben Rapaport Is an aromatic or Oriental blend one of your preferred pipe tobaccos? In a sense, it’s a trick question. Today, the distinction between aromatics and Orientals is sharply drawn in the minds of many American pipe smokers. “Aromatic,” in the popular American sense, refers to blends — predominantly Burley or Cavendish — […]

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Father and son

Father and son

The family pipe tradition carries on at Uhle’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by H. Lee Murphy Want a taste of the old German culture of Milwaukee? Stay overnight amid the glorious Victorian-era luxuries of the downtown Pfister Hotel, built in 1893, and then walk a few blocks for an afternoon smoke in the well-worn lounge 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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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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