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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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Enigmatic Albert Pike

Enigmatic Albert Pike

Multidimensional man, meerschaum pipe maven by Ben Rapaport Quite a number of individuals here and abroad have been awarded one or more of the following honorary titles: Pipeman of the Month, Pipeman of the Year (an annual competition that started in Great Britain in 1964 and ended abruptly in 2003), Pipe Smoker of the Year, […]

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Who is smoking whom?

Who is smoking whom?

Strategies for coloring a meerschaum by Fred Bass Many meerschaum pipe aficionados smoke the blazes out of their treasured white pipes in active pursuit of the well-developed coloration that so few manage to achieve. Choosing the darker Cavendish blends with abundant oils, they push themselves late into the night, steadfastly puffing along, oblivious to the […]

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Evolution in pursuit of the “White Goddess”

Evolution in pursuit of the "White Goddess"

Cleaning a meerschaum pipe requires a number of decisions By Fred Bass Over time, my approach to cleaning meerschaum pipes has changed. The more I continue to learn about them and their cultures, the more I understand how this much-debated series of choices is a determinant for the meerschaum experience, for me and for others […]

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Fischer who’s who

Fischer who's who

Masters of Meerschaum … Distinctly Different Dynasties By Ben Rapaport  Lately, conversation among some American antique meerschaum pipe collectors and a few meerschaum pipe smokers has become Fischer-centric. Why has this name become so center-stage? I don’t have a clue, but I, too, have an interest in the Fischers. A few were pipe carvers, household […]

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