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Pipes and divorce

Pipes and divorce

Before things get bad, hide the good pipes by Marty Pulvers There are some columns that deserve to be repeated yearly, for new arrivals or even as critical reminders to regular visitors to this spot. This is one of those articles, although it has been some years since I last delivered it. Yes, it would […]

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A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

A bright segment in the life of a pipe repairman

by George Dibos I once read a short story by Theodore Sturgeon called “Bright Segment.” I can barely remember the story itself, but the idea that people’s lives are fundamentally fueled by a never- ending desire to experience “bright segments”—extended moments of near-magical clarity and fulfillment that can’t be willed into existence or arranged for, […]

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Lost and found

Lost and found

At last Kent Rasmussen finds the proper medium for his expression by Stephen A. Ross Kent Rasmussen sits in an office chair at one of two work benches inside his pipe studio at his home in Hinnerup, Denmark, a northern suburb of Aarhus on the eastern coast of the country’s Jutland Peninsula. Rasmussen’s work space […]

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It is good to be king

It is good to be king

…but all glory is fleeting by William C. Nelson Pity poor King Thibaw, the last sovereign of Burma. There cannot be any painless way to lose a kingdom, but in 1885 when King Thibaw fell, he fell especially fast and hard. Dethroned in a day by an invading British force, in no time did King […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Continuing a legacy

Continuing a legacy

Sebastien Beaud considers himself a lucky man by continuing the legacy of a French pipe company with a history of more than 135 years by Stephen A. Ross A group of more than a dozen French preschool children on a field trip to the Genod pipe factory in St. Claude, France, suddenly quiet down as […]

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The briar trade

The briar trade

Makers, manufacturers and brands that time forgot By Ben Rapaport From its inception in the late 1850s, the briar industry has seen growth and expansion that would be best described as evolutionary, starting with that cottage epicenter, St. Claude—with small- and medium-sized workshops—that evolved in the next hundred years into today’s global market comprised, principally, […]

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Racing ahead

Racing ahead

Nate King’s background in racing provides the patience, persistence and pursuit of perfection needed to become a top-level pipemaker By Stephen A. Ross On the surface, there couldn’t be two subjects more vastly different than IndyCar racing and pipe smoking. One consists of specialized open-wheel, open-cockpit cars powered by fire-breathing 900-plus horsepower engines roaring around […]

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The writers of Smokingpipes.com

The writers of Smokingpipes.com

It takes a group of talented professionals to keep an online pipe and tobacco business flourishing by Chuck Stanion Fifteen years ago there were only limited numbers of people who would buy pipes online. The prevalent opinion was, “I can’t buy a pipe until I hold it in my hand and see it for myself.” […]

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Readers respond and the leaf of Kentucky

Readers respond and the leaf of Kentucky

By William Serad Following the last issue of P&T, I received a virtual torrent of responses compared to previous “Pipefuls” columns. There were three. The first was an e-note of encouragement from Mark Graumenz of Hilton, N.Y. Thanks for that. In response to the column on slow smoking, I elicited two responses. The first was […]

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