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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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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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Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

Eighth annual North American Pipe Carving Contest

It was a privilege to be allowed to sit quietly in the room, observing the three judges deliberating, and it was a revelation to see how systematically they approached their selections. The pipes were lined up from one end of a long conference table to the other. Deliberations began with each judge slowly walking the […]

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Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

Dr. Bob Pipes: Physician crafted, physician approved

It is, let us say, uncommon to find a general-practice physician crafting smoking pipes. Dr. Robert Kiess is not bashful in his disdain for the anti-smokers’ insistence on conflating the hazards of cigarette smoking with the lofty and comparatively benign pastime of pipe smoking. Years ago he adopted the name “Dr. Bob” for his pipemaking […]

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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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Master of Pipes

Master of Pipes

It happens every year in May at the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show. For two decades, the Doctor of Pipes awards have been conferred at the show, one every year in each of two categories: trade and hobby—that is, two awards are given out, one for a private individual who has advanced the hobby […]

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