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The Hidden Benefits of the Expensive Pipe Tamper by Fred Hanna

Posted  July 9, 2015  by  David M.

Several weeks ago Matt Guss and I were having a conversation about pipe tampers.  A few days later Matt forwarded me this email: “Fred Hanna wrote the essay below some time ago. He wrote it sort of tongue in cheek but I took it to heart. There is truth in the notion. It changed my view of […]

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My 2015 Chicago Pipe Show Haul

Posted  June 15, 2015  by  David M.

  Steve Liskey Bamboo is a great material for pipes. Steve has great bamboo. Steve brings a wonderful new personal art to bamboo & briar. That being said. I have had enough of white bamboo in my collection for whatever reason. I never expected to collect so many pipes with this material. I specifically blame […]

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The New Generation of Pipe Smoker – Meet the Future of Our Community

Posted  June 1, 2015  by  David M.

About 8 months ago I came across two pipe smokers, much younger than me & I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed their company. Both of them display the same love, dedication & joy to the hobby as I do. I have spent a lot of time talking & smoking my pipes with […]

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Chicago Pipe Show 2015 – Pipe Picture Report

Posted  May 3, 2015  by  David M.

I had to sit this year’s Chicago Pipe show out. I am still at home in California. That still didn’t stop me from doing some type of reporting and I was able to get the pictures of pipes brought by some pipe makers from around the world who are attending this years show. Some of […]

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Gracik + Grechukin = Unplanned Genius. Two Classic Masters collaborate to produce Dramatic & Unexpected Results.

Posted  April 6, 2015  by  David M.

  Джеф Грейсик & Владимир Гречухин – неожиданный гений. Совершенно уникальное сотрудничество порождает абсолютно неожиданный результат. Collaboration in the pipe world takes on many forms. More often than not, when pipe makers collaborate there is a lot of planning involved. When Jeff Gracik & Vladimir Grechukin join forces, all planning goes out the window. The […]

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Chicago Pipe Show 2015 – Pipe Picture Report

I had to sit this year’s Chicago Pipe show out. I am still at home in California. That still didn’t stop me from doing some type of reporting and I was able to get the pictures of pipes brought by some pipe makers f...
by David M.
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West Coast Pipe Show Pipe Haul, What I Purchased, All US-made Pipes

I don’t usually write about the pipes I buy at a show. Today though, I will use it as an excuse to write about some briar Most of the time I try to only buy high grade pipes. What is the definition of a high grade? I won&...
by David M.
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Vladimir Grechukin – The “New Classics” Master

At 63 years of age, Vladimir Grechukin may in fact have the largest amount of design wisdom that I have ever encountered in any pipe-maker. This statement is not made simply due to the amount of years he has lived but definitel...
by David M.
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Al Pascia
 

A Pipe-Maker says that Freehand is Dead!

Future innovation, be it artistic, technological or even philosophical, is born by way of a challenge to conventional thinking. With regards to past artistic challenges, do you remember what Francois Duchamp submitted as “art...
by David M.
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Prepare to enjoy a World of Smoking Pipe Wonder, brought to us by Christian Wolfsteiner of Tarock Briar

I introduce the German abstract pipe maker Christian Wolfsteiner through another German abstract artist, Mr. Paul Klee. Paul Klee is very famous for making some of the most profound abstract art our eyes have seen to date. Paul...
by David M.
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Tonni Nielsen – Learn why this Danish Freehand Masters Innovative Techniques make him one of the Most Diverse Pipe Makers in the World today.

  You remember the type of guy in high school who was not very talkative? The kind of guy who kept mostly to himself. Quietly walking through the halls. You’d notice that guy in class ever so often but you never really i...
by David M.
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2014 CHICAGO PIPE SHOW – Picture Report

Another amazing time was had at Chicago this year. Such an enormous show. So many friends to see. So many new pipe-makers to meet. The most difficult fact related to the show is that there is never enough time to do all that yo...
by David M.
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the FEARS, dOuBtS and Relevant Concerns of pipe-makers

At the Las Vegas pipe show a few weeks ago, I was able to spend a pretty good amount of quality time with a lot of pipe-makers. This included brand new pipe-makers, everything in the middle ground of pipe-makers and all the way...
by David M.
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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 ...
by David M.
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The New Generation of Pipe Smoker – Meet the Future of Our Community

About 8 months ago I came across two pipe smokers, much younger than me & I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed their company. Both of them display the same love, dedication & joy to the hobby as I do. I have spe...
by David M.
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With the Pipe Market continuing to mature at an incredible pace, the next 5 years will see the greatest influx of new Carvers on record. How will this affect the market & how can smart collectors take advantage?

“The new pipe-makers are coming, the new pipe-makers are coming!!” At the recent Las Vegas Pipe Show, those general words were a big topic of conversation. Why? Because as far as the eye could see, new pipe-makers w...
by David M.
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Exploring Pipe Evolution Series – The Stem Designs of Viktor Yashtylov

The ‘Exploring Pipe Evolution’ Series focuses on the idea of reviewing any aspect of significant growth, change and/or evolution, within the world of pipes, usually through the work of a pipe-maker. Discussions can ...
by David M.
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