2013 West Coast Pipe Show. 4th Successful Year. SHOW REPORT.

2013 West Coast Pipe Show. 4th Successful Year. SHOW REPORT.

I go to pipe shows and assign myself a duty. Kind of a hybrid in between ‘reporting’, for you the reader & just getting myself more informed & immersed in the pipe-makers themselves and getting to know them better. Which is something I like to do anyways. This is on the one hand a great pleasure for me as there is nothing else I would rather do because it helps me learn more. Having this as my first priority however, puts a mini strain on enjoying other parts of the show, namely just hanging out with friends. At least, as much as I would like to. Perhaps I will find a better balance in the future.

I tried to spread out my time at the show & actually attempted to visit each and every pipe-maker and give them my full & undivided attention. To learn about them, what they are doing, where they are & so forth. This is a very difficult to near impossible task with a show this size. By the end of the 1st day I had only made my way down 3 aisles. Out of a total of what I imagine was at least 15. There is simply not enough time and that is unfortunate.

Beyond that, it was another fantastic show in Las Vegas. The 4th West Coast Pipe Show was a great time. I missed out on Chicago this year due to work and it was very nice to re-connect with old friends faces & meet new ones as well.

Saw some amazing pipes. Met some fantastic new amazing people. Talked with brand new pipe-makers (Sam Adebayo of Chicago for one), watched semi-new pipe-makers feeling overjoyed at selling out, spoke with friends of the hobby who like to think, analyze & review the way I do. I just had a great time at the show. Thank you all for being there.

Let’s forget my words & for those that were there, re-live the show & for those that were not, understand who was there, what they showed & what makes this West Coast Show tick.

Ready to feel like you were there – 2013 West Coast Pipe Show Report.

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J. Alan Pipes – Gorgeous Bamboo & Briar

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes – A mesmerizing contrast stain

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

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J. Alan Pipes

 

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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J&J Pipes

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Scott Klein

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Don Marshall – A very impressive showing.

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Don Marshall

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann – At first Brad wouldn’t let me touch his pipes. Wanted them nice & clean. He gave in though once I convinced him I wasn’t gonna hurt them.

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann – Doesn’t get better than that!

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Brad Pohlmann

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Steve Liskey & Mario Persico. Mario’s holding his new Liskey Calabash. That Calabash has some tricks up it’s sleeve.

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Nate King’s version of the Castello 55 made an appearance in a fellow pipe-smoker’s mouth & I asked the gentleman if I could photograph the little beauty.

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Nate King

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Ernie Markle – This was one of the best new pipes I saw the entire show.

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Ernie Markle

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Steve Liskey with his Father. His father is holding a pipe made by him. Good to see the Liskey Family smiling.

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey – Great Bamboo on this pipe.

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey – This rugged little fella’ made his way into my pipe bag. Those large white dots are Mammoth Ivory. This will be my outdoors man pipe!

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey – A unique creation.

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey – The now ‘Mario Persico’ Calabash. What you see here are two chambers. Add the bowl & technically, a triple chambered pipe.

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Steve Liskey

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Steve Liskey

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10am on Saturday – right as the doors opened for the show.

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A good amount of attendees.

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Browsing browsing browsing.

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JT Cooke

 

Joe Skoda

 

Mr. Anthony Harris of Acme Wood Turning. Unfortunately, I caught Anthony one millisecond before he erupted in the most amazing smile.

 

Acme Wood Turning

 

 

 

 

Father Al Grosskopf – Public Notice 1

Father Al Grosskopf – Public Notice 2

Additional Perspectives by Father Al

Mark H. owns this incredibly unique pipe (Yes, that’s Disney’s logo) and this person….

Roussell Pipes – TPC

JSEC Pipes – TPC

JSEC Pipes – TPC

Chris Morgan – TPC

Chris Morgan – TPC

Chris Morgan’s Briar Cigar – TPC

H. Wiebe – TPC

Arley Curtz – TPC

Mike Lancaster discussing the button being the signature of every pipe-maker. Yes sir, good info. As in this example with Chris Morgan Pipes.

Zack & Greta Hamric of Z. Hamric Pipes. Whose face is on their logo??

Zack & Greta Hamric.

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

 

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Z. Hamric

Leonard Wortzel of Scandinavian Tobacco Group

If you wanted some tobacco, you had to get your ID scanned. 1st time I have seen this.

Un-Cut Escudo anyone?

Kjeld Sorenson – I enjoyed chatting with Kjeld. First off, he makes amazing & high quality pipes. Absolutely gorgeous. I did not know however that Kjeld’s former profession was that of a first rate Economist. From number crunching to relaxing more. Makes sense to me.

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson – Very pleasant transitions.

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson – Gorgeous!

Kjeld Sorenson – A smart take on this shape.

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Kjeld Sorenson

Don Marshall – You saw his pipes earlier. He has been making pipes for less than 2 years. Very impressive.

Lera & Adam Davidson – a twisted pipe cleaner made into Lera’s name placed over Adam’s heart. Cute couple. Was nice meeting her father as well.

Adam Davidson & His Pipes.

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson – This slightly asymmetrical bent billiard with a tear drop shank & grain & birds-eye to die for, also made it’s way into my pipe bag. Smokes brilliantly!

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

Adam Davidson

RD Field table – Importers of Becker, Beraldi, Sorenson, Safferling & others.

Paolo Becker – RDF

Paolo Becker – RDF

Paolo Becker – RDF

Paolo Becker – RDF. Forgot to check but likely an Elite C

Paolo Becker – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Mastro Beraldi – RDF

Natham Armentrout – It is so nice to be at the point where you can literally watch a pipe-maker grow. I met Nathan at his first show, now 4 years ago & to see him sitting there, confident & happy was very nice. I encouraged him to go talk to some of the other new pipe-makers, who were in his shoes 4 years ago. Scared and confused at their first show.

Nathan Armentrout – A little bigger in size but beautiful nonetheless.

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Nathan Armentrout

Ernie Markle – Good jokes with Ernie.

Brian Levine of Brigham USA. Always enjoy talking to & hanging out with Brian.

Brian / Brigham.

Brigham Pipes

Big Ben – Cute little series of pipes.

Big Ben

Big Ben

Big Ben

Smoking Pipes.com’s table. One fun aspect to big shows like this is that the larger retailers, like SMP, bring pipes that have yet to go live on their website. Essentially a sneak peek at pending inventory. Always fun.

S. Bang – SMP

S. Bang – SMP

S. Bang – SMP

Gregor Lobnik – SMP

Gregor Lobnik – SMP. Nice horn adornment.

Gregor Lobnik – SMP

Gregor Lobnik – SMP

Peter Matzhold – SMP

Smio Satou – SMP

Smio Satou – SMP

 

Kent Rasmussen – SMP

Kent Rasmussen – SMP

Kent Rasmussen – SMP

Kent Rasmussen – SMP

Maigurs Knets – SMP

Maigurs Knets – SMP

Vladimir Grechukin – SMP. The best example of an exquisite Brandy. With some very interesting material on the top. Gorgeous Pipe!

Vladimir Grechukin – SMP

Vladimir Grechukin – SMP

Konstantin Shekita – SMP

Konstantin Shekita – SMP

Konstantin Shekita – SMP

Steve Morrisette – Steve highlighted to me (as did Mario Persico, which you will see below) the extent of detailed work that he applies to his pipes.

Steve Morrisette

Steve Morrisette

Steve Morrisette

Steve Morrisette

Steve Morrisette

Steve Morrisette – A close-up of some of the (likely) pain staking work producing a beautiful result on the top of this bowl.

Neill Archer Roan & Matt Guss. One of the best discussions I had at the show was with you Matt. Thank you sir. Nice to get to know you.

Joe Lankford

 

 

Why is Brad smiling? Very glad he is. Brad Pohlmann & Silver. Silver is also a crafts-person. We began discussion on a new commission which I will share with you all, if and when it gets complete.

John Jensen. He didn’t bring any pipes but he brought his Huge Smile. Was nice meeting you.

Chip Kushner, Mitch Michelson & Adam Davidson

NJ Gentleman who bought a lot of pipes & Chip Kushner

 

Finally. A picture of Sam Adebayo. He does exist. More on him below. He is wearing glasses in the rear. Beside him, John Klose from J&J. This picture & all pictures in this setting, is right outside the main bar at the Palace Station Hotel where everyone congregates. Smoking is allowed so it’s perfect.

 

 

 

Ernie Markle (keeping the yearly 'minimum of one goofy pic' streak going strong), Chip Kushner and Mitch Michelson

Ernie Markle (keeping the yearly ‘minimum of one goofy pic’ streak going strong), Chip Kushner and Mitch Michelson

 

Olie Sylvester

 

Hello Readers. The above picture has a typo that for some reason I cannot correct. Technical difficulties. Sam’s wife’s name is Emily, not Eilleen. My apologies.

Sam Adebayo – At this point of someone’s career, the very beginning, it is silly to evaluate their work with similar criteria applied to other more experienced pipe-makers. It seems appropriate to evaluate on a different set of rules. For example his willingness to play with curved lines, ability to replicate ‘not easy’ design elements & other such factors, unrelated to the details inside his work.

 

 

Sam Adebayo

 

 

Sam Adebayo

Sam Adebayo

Sam Adebayo

Sam Adebayo – By the time I got to actually taking pictures of his pipes, most of them had been taken into collectors hands.

 

Former

Former

Former

Bob Kiess

Bob Kiess

Bob Kiess

Bob Kiess – Nice rustication.

Bob Kiess

Bob Swanson of Perry White Pipes

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson

Bob Swanson

Werner Mummert – He flew out all the way from Germany & showed us his unique & interesting take on pipes.

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert – These are Reverse Calabash pipes.

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Werner Mummert

Jared Coles & John Klose of J&J Pipes.

Quality Briar brought some magnificent pipes along – This one by Maigurs Knets

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Maigurs Knets – Quality Briar.com

Paolo Becker – Quality Briar.com

Paolo Becker – Quality Briar.com

Adam Remington – Quality Briar.com

Adam Remington – Quality Briar.com

Adam Remington – Quality Briar.com. Wish Adam was at the show.

Jurgen Moritz – Quality Briar.com

Brad Pohlmann – Quality Briar.com

Brad Pohlmann – Quality Briar.com

Maksim Nazarenko – Quality Briar.com

Maksim Nazarenko – Quality Briar.com

Gregor Lobnik – Quality Briar.com

Michael Parks – Quality Briar.com

Michael Parks – Quality Briar.com

Michael Parks – Quality Briar.com

Michael Parks – Quality Briar.com

 

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

Jack Howell – Mario Persico Collection

 

Sergey Senatorov – Mario Persico Collection

Sergey Senatorov – Mario Persico Collection

Sergey Senatorov – Mario Persico Collection

 

Sergey Senatorov – Mario Persico Collection

 

Paolo Becker – Mario Persico’s Collection

 

 

Paolo Becker – Mario Persico’s Collection

Paolo Becker – Mario Persico’s Collection

Michael Parks – Mario Persico’s Collection

 

Michael Parks – Mario Persico’s Collection

 

Cornelius Manz – Mario Persico Collection

 

 

 

Cornelius Manz – Mario Persico Collection

 

Adam Remington – Mario Persico Collection

Adam Remington - It's a beautiful shank treatment.

Adam Remington – A beautiful shank treatment.

Adam Remington – Mario Persico Collection

Adam Remington – Mario Persico Collection

 

J. Alan Pipes – Mario Persico Collection

 

J. Alan Pipes – Mario Persico Collection

J. Alan Pipes – Mario Persico Collection. Beautiful & Unique.

 

Steve Morrisette

 

Steve Morrisette – Mario Persico Collection. Some of that ‘attention to detail’ in Steve’s work, pointed out earlier.

 

Steve Morrisette – Mario Persico Collection.

 

Steve Morrisette – Mario Persico Collection

 

Steve Morrisette – Mario Persico Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

 

 

Mario Persico’s Collection

 

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

Mario Persico’s Collection

 

Gio Pipes

Gio Pipes

Gio Pipes

Gio Pipes

Gio Pipes

Gio Pipes

John Jensen. Smoking a magnificent Tarock Briar.

John Jensen with Tarock Briar.

Leather Pipe Racks

Leather Pipe Racks

Grant Batson

 

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Richard Friedmann

Richard Friedmann – All of his pipes, have a hidden reverse chamber inside. This is the future of Reverse Calabash pipes. How best to hide them inside an existing design and not have the second chamber impact the lines on the pipe.

Richard Friedmann

Richard Friedmann – His Halibut shape.

Richard Friedmann

 

Rex Poggenpohl – Had an impressive table of pipes.

 

Anne Julie – Rex

The smallest Poul Ilstead I have ever held. Poul is Rex’s favorite pipe-maker

Poul Ilstead – Rex

Poul Ilstead – Rex

Yuki Tokutomi – Rex

Yuki Tokutomi – Rex

Mr. Paul Bender – One of the organizers of the Chicago Show – CPCC

Bob Noble & The Master of the Sandblast, JT Cooke

Jeff Gracik & Rick Newcombe

 

Jeff Goldberg & Jeff Gracik

All the way from Great Britain, Ian Walker of Northern Briars

Northern Briars

Northern Briars

Northern Briars

Marty Pulvers, one of the smartest pipe men in the business & also one of the show organizers for the West Coast Show. Beside him, a gentleman who spoke Italian.

The Pipe Tart making a Statement.

Neill Archer Roan of A Passion For Pipes.

Best Dressed Man At The Show? I think so! Nick Miller of Quality Briar.com

Briar Books Press

Gary Schreir

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. daveinlax - November 24, 2013

    Thanks for the great photo’s! This was our first trip to the WCPS and I had a good time!

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