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Pipemaking as therapy

Pipemaking as therapy

Worcester, Massachusetts, a traditional New England mill town in the central part of the state, lies just outside the reach of Boston’s grasping western fringes. Worcester proper, home to some 185,000 souls, is the second-largest city in New England, after only Boston— a fact that is easy to overlook, given the town’s placement in the […]

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Marooned in his art

Marooned in his art

Steve Morrisette is surely one of the most recognizable figures at the pipe shows. You will find his 6-foot frame, a silver-bearded countenance peering from beneath a fedora, stalking rows of vendor tables, dressed as if for a board meeting, camera in hand— on the whole, a most photogenic and distinguished-looking fellow, snapping shots of […]

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Lasting legacy

Lasting legacy

Four years after the death of Giancarlo Guidi, his vision remains alive at Ser Jacopo by Stephen A. Ross Maurizio Fraternale, the owner of Ser Jacopo, is a proud man. His pride isn’t boastful but rather stems from the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing  a  promise  to  a  friend  who is no longer living. Fraternale’s […]

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Comforts of a pipemaker’s home

Comforts of a pipemaker's home

Steve Liskey makes beautiful pipes, up in the clouds in Southern California, where it snows by William C. Nelson Photos by Brighton de los Santos Steve Liskey, 32, has been making waves in the pipe world just long enough now that some of the trappings of fame are beginning to adhere to him. The Seattle […]

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La Confrérie

La Confrérie

A priesthood of pipe smokers by Vernon E. Vig On June 10, 2016, the Confrérie des Maîtres-Pipiers de Saint-Claude (Brotherhood of Master Pipemakers) marked its 50th anniversary. This was an  important  milestone  in  the  life  of this iconic institution, which continues in this age of anti-tobacco anxiety to celebrate the pleasures of pipe smoking and […]

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The pipe-smoking triathlete

The pipe-smoking triathlete

Kris Barber turns out his Edwin Pipes when he can get away from his bike business by H. Lee Murphy Kris  Edwin  Barber  may  be  one  of the healthiest-looking pipe smokers around. At the age of 53 he stands 6-foot-3 and weighs just 170 pounds, all of it taut muscle. He’s a former triathlete, it […]

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The pipe stem

The pipe stem

Your pipe’s quiet giant by Tad Gage Briar, morta, cob, calabash, clay, meerschaum. Metal, ceramic, cherry, olive, stone, strawberry wood. Straight-grain, crosscut, bird’s-eye, ring grain, flame grain, no grain. Smooth, blasted, carved, chunked, stained, painted, chopped. Billiards, bulldogs, Bing, bent. No matter the pipe, the finish, the shape, size or material, what is a pipe […]

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Smoky’s Tobacco and Cigars

Smoky's Tobacco and Cigars

Pipe lovers in Knoxville, Tennessee, have a homey retreat by D.E. Johnson Back in 2006, Dave Watson found himself getting ideas. For 33 years he’d been in the business of magazine and book distribution, but the time was fast approaching when he would be retired and in want of something new to do. Watson, who […]

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Elegant designs

Elegant designs

Scottie Piersel is moving fast in the rarefied world of pipemaking by George Dibos When  watching  Scottie  Piersel  work on  a  pipe,  one  first  thing  you  notice is  the  intensity  of  her  gaze.  Somewhere between a Japanese shokunin perfection-chaser  and  a  bird  of  prey, she never stops looking, searching for things that aren’t quite right, […]

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The road less traveled

The road less traveled

Sometimes the creative urge is simply too much to resist by Stephen A. Ross Every  journey  begins  with  a  single step. Sometimes the journey is a short one with a clear path straight to one’s goal. Those journeys are far too rare. Most are tortuous—filled with detours and delays with obstacles occasionally causing one to […]

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