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Pipefuls by William Serad

Pipefuls by William Serad

“The level head, philosophical outlook and deep thinking associated with the pipe are universal values not offered by other tobacco consumption, and through the smoke, metaphorical and real, comes goodwill, hope, kindness and sharing that the world needs. Mankind needs the pipe.” Given how unfashionable tobacco use is just now, pipe smoking frequently comes under […]

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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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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I am a perfectionist. I freely admit this, though you may not be able to tell from my writing. In some facets of life perfectionism is a good thing. In others, bad. The economic law of marginal utility says that each added unit is worth less than the previous. But recall the […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I’m sure many of you have had the experience of rummaging around in your collection of cellared tobacco and unexpectedly finding something misplaced, lost or forgotten. I was looking for ancient tins to support the resurrection efforts of Standard Tobacco of Pennsylvania (to no avail; I gave what I was looking for […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I received a number of emails related to the several subjects discussed in the last issue. From Steve Hersey in the U.K.: “I received the magazine in this morning’s post. As usual, a great read, and I was particularly aware of your mention of Sam Gawith’s Cabbie’s Mixture and John Cotton 1 […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

I have received a great deal of correspondence over the past several months. It has been on a variety of subjects touched upon in Pipefuls and elsewhere in P&T, but I will try to put it into a cogent order. I heard back from Stan Nigro regarding Dan Mendelow’s comments on re-engineering pipes: “I enjoyed […]

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Resurrections

Resurrections

Standard Tobacco of Pennsylvania is doing interesting work by William Serad There are many who think we are in the Golden Age of pipe tobacco blending, a notion supported by a great deal of objective evidence. But some of us, aged to a ripe maturity yet still in possession of our mental and sensory faculties, […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I had expected an avalanche of response to Stanley Nigro’s letter about making required adjustments and modifications to pipes. I know there are people out there hard at work with their rat-tail files and 5/32” drills, having at pipes with poor draw. They just don’t seem inclined to admit it. Proving that […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I was quite surprised to get no response to Mr. Stanley Nigro’s letter regarding re-engineering pipes to work properly. I thought he threw down the gauntlet. And I was surprised because I do it when required. I am sure there are others who do, but no one wrote a ring- ing affirmation, […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

There are many follow-up topics from previous columns. I would like to start off by mentioning that Orlik has reintroduced Dark Strong Kentucky, a blend that provoked many favorable comments from readers. I heard from a reliable source that we may credit Russ Ouellette of PipesandCigars for encouraging this change in heart, and I, for […]

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