Now that our friends in Richmond have completed their always successful show, it is time to start talking about the next pipe show on all of our calendar’s, the West Coast Pipe Show in Las Vegas on November 5th & 6th.
The West Coast Pipe show is headed up by Marty Pulvers and Steve O’Neill. The event has made leaps and bounds in only 3 short years and it has quickly established itself as one of the top pipe shows in the United States. Truly an amazing feat within such a short time frame.
Pipe smokers on the West Coast already know how great a show it is and more and more people from the East Coast as well as around the World are making the pilgrimage to Las Vegas each year. In the past 3 years the show has been represented by carvers from both North America and Europe, including overseas masters like Paolo Becker, Kurt Balleby and the late, great Rainer Barbi. This year is no different with a full US roster showing up strong as well as some more Europeans headlined by none other than Peter Heeschen.
If you have never been, I can tell you that the Las Vegas show is definitely a smaller show than Chicago however what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in ambience. It’s always felt like a long relaxed weekend with close friends. The only rush that takes place is the one when Jim Cooke opens up his doors and the masses come in to try and scoop up one of his pipes. Beyond that, the event feels very mellow & relaxed, like a long and extended pipe & pint. The camaraderie among everyone is amplified by the close proximity of all the events taking place at the hotel and since your never more than 5 feet away from a fellow pipe smoker, for the entire weekend, you very quickly make new friends whom you end up seeing several times over the course of the show.
For me the best place to hang out is Jack’s Irish Pub near the Casino floor. It’s always packed to the brim with pipe smokers and the smoke is always coming out of there like a thick rolling fog. It’s a small pub but it somehow fits all of us and it’s such a wonderful sight to see all your friends and hobby luminaries all together in one place.
Another huge plus for the show is that smoking is allowed in the main exhibition hall. Enough said on that issue.
As usual, the show has a full line of fantastic exhibitors which can be seen in full detail below, as well as many additional events to keep the pipe smokers busy and happy. A few of the highlight events over the weekend will be:
Master tobacco blender, Russ Ouelette of Hearth & Home will conduct a special tobacco blending seminar on Saturday afternoon.
Neill Archer Roan, from aPassionForPipes.com will be the speaker for the Saturday night dinner.
Show Tables almost Sold Out
The show has 110 exhibitor tables available and as of today’s date, it is my understanding that there are fewer than 25 tables remaining. If you are thinking about going but have yet to fork over the dough for the table, you better hurry on up and get those funds in right away because the show has sold out for the past 3 years and it is guaranteed to sell out again this year. Don’t miss out. The printable registration form for tables and the dinner is on their website and can be accessed via this link:
Feast your eyes on the current list of Attendees in alphabetical order:
(names are not active links)
Kevin Brackett of TobaccoPipeExports.com
Brian Burk, new & old Estate Pipes
Joe Cappel and Lowell Ellis
Charlie Cole of Cole Pipes
Adam Davidson of Adam Davidson Pipes
Maxim Engel of Pipes2Smoke.com
David Field of RDField.com
Neil Flancbaum of SmokinHolsters.com
Michael Glukler of BriarBlues.com
Sally Gottliebson of The Pipe Tart
Jeff Gracik of J. Alan Pipes
Anthony Harris of Acme Woodturning
Eric Heberling of EJH Pipes
Andy Herbruck and Rick Brown
Rick Hopkins of Ye Olde Pipe & Tobacco Shoppe
Bob Kiess of Dr. Bob Pipes
Karl Le Compte
Steve Monjure of Monjure International
Joe Nelson of Old Nellie Pipes
Carolyn Perea or Pipe Makers Emporium
Marty Pulvers of PulversBriar.com
Jon & Jennifer Rinaldi
Mark Ryan of Daughter’s & Ryan Tobacco
Donald Seatter of JamesIslandPiper.com
Joel Shurtleff of TheBriarPipe.com
Kjeld Sorensen of Red Hat Pipes
Bob Swanson of PerryWhitePipes.com
Simeon Turner of Turner Pipes
Ian Walker of Northern Briars
Chance Whittmore of Great Estate Pipes
Sykes Wilford and SmokingPipes.com
Can the line-up get any better than that? This is what we will have in our back-yard in 27 days. I am so excited I can barely type.
I have also heard, unofficially mind you, that Mike Butera will be at the show. Another tid-bit I can tell you is that Michail Revyagin is coming with me to the show so while he is not officially exhibiting, he will be there so I encourage you to say hello to him.
In honor of the West Coast Pipe show, for the next few weeks leading up to the show, TobaccoDays will feature interviews with North American (US & Canada) carvers who will be attending the West Coast event. Our first interview, coming up in a few days, will be with incredible Canadian carver, Michael Parks.
For more information on the West Coast Pipe Show, please visit their website at:
And again, if you haven’t reserved your table yet, they are almost sold out so get cracking!
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