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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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Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

  Pipes and tobaccos, in partnership with the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club (CPCC) and the Doctors of Pipes, is pleased to announce an annual award to acknowledge, encourage and honor select pipe smokers. This award will confer on deserving individuals the title Master of Pipes. The Doctor of Pipes award is well-known. However, one requirement […]

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Making time for making pipes

Making time for making pipes

Grant Batson lives life as a headlong plunge by William C. Nelson Grant Batson is a 41-year-old pipemaker in Nashville, Tennessee, living in a gorgeous, upscale home and, together with his wife, Jill, shepherding four Batson children into and through adolescence, seemingly   as   if   there   were   nothing to it. Batson’s house can be a clamorous […]

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Peterson’s 150-year legacy

Peterson's 150-year legacy

With sales in its home country stagnant, the Irish pipemaker stakes its future on the U.S. and other export markets by H. Lee Murphy Fewer than 5 million people live in the whole of Ireland, with the country’s capital, Dublin, and its environs accounting for about a quarter of that. But are any of them […]

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Home away from home

Home away from home

Just for Him in Springfield, Missouri, is more than a tobacco shop by Stephen A. Ross When it’s done right, a premium tobacco shop is far more than just the products and services it sells—it’s a community where friendships thrive and business deals come together. It’s a place of laughter, learning and camaraderie, where a […]

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Pesaro original

Pesaro original

The first Pesaro pipe factory, Mastro de Paja, continues to share its pipe passion by Stephen A. Ross Mark Twain took a rather dim view of patriotism, once writing that a patriot was “the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.” There was a lot of hollering going on […]

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Dan Chlebove keeps on truckin’

Dan Chlebove keeps on truckin'

The man making Gabrieli pipes says tenacity is a very sharp tool indeed by William C. Nelson What on earth ever gave Dan Chlebove the notion that he could earn a living as an artist? The carver making all those gorgeous Gabrieli pipes that have devotees beating a path to his door is in fact […]

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The metal alternative

The metal alternative

Dead Guy Pipes and Drew Melpolder are moving pipe smokers beyond briar by H. Lee Murphy As he sets up the display tables for his quirky metal designs at pipe shows in places like Chicago and St. Louis, Drew Melpolder is struck by the reaction he gets from visitors. Some people are curious, others are […]

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