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From playmaker to pipemaker

From playmaker to pipemaker

As a player in Italy’s third-division professional football league, Serie C, Franco Rossi was accustomed to hearing the adulation of adoring fans in a 17-year career that saw him play for several teams. As a midfielder, Rossi was a playmaker, something of a field general—setting up scoring opportunities for the forwards playing in front of […]

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The happiest confinement

The happiest confinement

It all happens out of sight from street gawkers, on a nondescript lane, in a one-floor building—modern but unremarkable—on the south side of Reggio Calabria, Italy, between the historic town center and the airport. It has been going on for 35 years, here at Italy’s southernmost point, the “toe of the boot.” For most of […]

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Smoking guitars

Smoking guitars

From his Wisconsin workshop, artisan Joe Nelson divides his time between pipes and stringed instruments by H. Lee Murphy The best craftsmen, it is said, are singularly focused on their work, often to the point of obsession. The furniture maker will search lumber yards all over for just the right piece of maple for the […]

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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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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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What friendship has wrought

What friendship has wrought

Pipemaker Tim Hynick is a study in collaborative learning by William C. Nelson It needs to be said from the start that Tim Hynick is humble, polite, low-key, self- effacing and a bit startled that people might want to read about him. But that’s part of what makes Hynick’s story so first-rate. For almost a […]

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Counting his blessings

Counting his blessings

By Stephen A. Ross For some folks, finding a calling in life is an easy matter. From a young age, they know exactly what they want to be when they become adults. Others figure out what they want to do with their lives after trying a succession of jobs, like sampling clothes in the fitting […]

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From high profile to high altitude

From high profile to high altitude

After decades of million-dollar business deals and glamorous living, Mark Stewart finds a peaceful refuge as a pipemaker in the North Carolina mountains by Chuck Stanion Living high in the mountains of Brevard, N.C., far from the Philadelphia, New York and Vegas of his youth, enjoying a modest lifestyle dramatically different from his former days […]

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A man of many talents

A man of many talents

Lester Garlow was at his best when carving pipes by Bruce Garlow He was a Navy man who fought the Japanese in World War II and helped shepherd the heavily damaged light cruiser USS Marblehead to home port following a massive air attack on the ship off the Borneo coast in early 1942. He was […]

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Focused pursuit

Focused pursuit

Wayne Tiepen doesn’t merely pick up pipemaking–he chases it with everything he’s got by Stephen A. Ross Wayne Teipen strives to get the most out of everything he does. Whether it’s in his health care profession, projects around the house, wilderness hikes or his recently found interest in pipemaking, the 42-year-old Indiana native rarely lets […]

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