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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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The French maverick

The French maverick

•By Erwin Van Hove• What is it about pipes that makes university students give up their academic aspirations and architects and designers, musicians and educators, stone masons and farmers alike quit their jobs and end their careers? It can’t be denied: Pipes are femmes fatales, seductive yet dangerous sirens whose call is irresistible to some […]

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