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The bar

The bar

Fiction by William Serad A priest, a rabbi and a minister went into a bar, as they had every week for years. “Is this a joke?” the bartender asked, as he always did, and laughed, as he always did. “Would you like the usual?” he asked as they went to their usual table. They nodded […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad The fellowship of the pipe transcends time and place. It knows nothing of race, politics or gender and is unbounded by barriers of language. Pipe smoking’s outward simplicity disguises a microcosm of complexity in perception and preference. As a study, it encompasses agriculture, physics, chemistry and more. Pipemakers range from lone artists […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad While no readers responded to my nomination request for membership in the “absolutely different pipe tobacco club” (nor did I shake loose commentary from the Burley boys), I did receive a very nice letter (an actual letter, not electronic communication) from Tom Cody of Vicksburg, Mississippi. His memory was jogged by my […]

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Pipestuff

Pipestuff

Proclaim Liberty Pipes and tobaccos’ former tobacco reviewer and current “Pipefuls” columnist, William Serad, has published his first novel, Proclaim Liberty. Serad has spent years researching, participating in and writing about the hobby of historical reenactment. He weaves his interests in reenacting and history with his disappointment in modern American politics to craft a modern-day […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad A chord of memory was sounded by the mention of David P. Erlich Co.’s DPE in the last column, even though Erlich, per se, no longer exists. Others remember the blend quite well, it seems, not just me. Dan Locklair was kind enough to direct me to the website of Leavitt & […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad Regarding pipe smoking in the car, I heard from Greg Curtis. He expressed concern regarding the potential for the air bag being deployed, and the pipe being driven somewhere other than along for the ride. I share this concern. I don’t even like cellphone use in cars, just because of the distraction. […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad Please forgive me if I fail to respond to some emails, but due to technology changes, I may miss a beat this time. Perhaps as a consequence, there have been few responses to the last “Pipefuls,” but those are certainly worthy of general discussion. On the continuing thread of late and lamented […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I continue to get opinions on blends whose loss is mourned. In fact, I seem to have really struck a rich vein with Cesare Borgia. From Denny Avers of Lake Monticello, Va.: “I could hardly believe my eyes! Someone else who laments the loss of Amphora’s Cesare Borgia pipe tobacco. Many years […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad Sorry for having missed the last issue of P&T, but I decided to write on things best not written about, and consequently, by mutual agreement and in the interests of all, we moved briskly on to this issue with another topic. Our esteemed editor in chief requested for me that you, dear […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad A noteworthy volume of response was received from the previous column, not all of which could be included here. The subject of collecting struck a chord with many readers, and I would like first to excerpt a few paragraphs from Mr. Owen KenKnight of Northfield, Minn.: I own close to 50 pipes, […]

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