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May 7, 2013

Chicago Show 2013 – Show Report




Once again the greatest pipe show on earth has come and gone. Chicago 2013 was the place to see old friends and meet new ones alike. Quite unfortunately, yours truly was unable to attend the event this year but after looking at these pictures and speaking to several people who attended, it really feels like I was there, from a ‘feeling’ point of view.

I have heard many different reports on the show, as usual. I will leave you all to take away whatever it is you have heard from your fellow attendees. Right now, the important thing is to re-live the show, especially for those of us who were not there.

We have to extend a very warm thank you to Mikael Pertot for taking 100% of the people pictures and a good 20% of the pipe pictures as well. Thank you Mikael for taking the time to snap these pictures for us, so that we can share in the obvious joy that you felt while at the show.

As always, we start off with the people pictures and then onto the pipe pictures. And the pipe pictures, man oh man, let me tell you, are our talented pipe-makers ever growing and evolving and going off in new directions? Yes they are! You will be amazed at some of the work you are about to see. The veterans outperformed themselves as usual and for many of the younger carvers, just stunning to imagine where some of these pipe-makers were just a short year ago. Leaps & bounds for some of them. Just amazing. Truly a joy to see the bursts of new energy, creativity and general perfectionism, coming from our younger carvers.

Enjoy the pictures pipe friends.

Steve Liskey & Adam Remington – Who likes Adam's new hair-cut? I do.

Full table in the Smoking Tent with Adam Davidson's case of pipes in center

Several folks including Sam Adebayo, Adam and Michelle Remington

Konstantin Shekita showing his beautiful wares.

Konstantin showing the layout for one of his new pipes on briar

Mikael Pertot with Hiroyuki Tokutomi

 

Scott Klein showing us his Harpoon pipe

Neil Flancbaum of Smokin' Holsters

Teddy Knudsen

Rad Davis

Ernie Markle

A jovial Alex Florov with Dustin Babitzke

Grant Batson and his pipes

Steve Liskey with his pipe case

Per Bilhall of ScandPipes surrounded by Adam Remington and Grant Batson

Carl Staudenmyer with Brad Pohlmann

Smoking Tent – Almost Full

Rex Poggenpohl with Per Bilhall

 

Massimiliano Rimensi of Il Duca pipes

Dirty, Ragged, Monster looking pipes? Must be Ollie Sylvester's Monstrosity's.

 

Aage and Margit from Bisgaard-Pipes

Lomma pipes

Briar Art for Sale

 

 

K. Anastasopoulos Pipes, from Greece

 

Cigars, cigars and more cigars

 

T-Shirts for Sale

Jonas Rosengren, Sweden

Adam making sure that we know of the other half in Remington pipes, Michelle.

Greg Lobnik with Matt Guss of the Seattle Pipe Club

Smoking Tent now Officially Full!

Someone adores Large Pipes!

Now the pictures travel inside the rooms of Pheasant Run

Manduela, Bobby Nesbith and David Sahagian

 

The Dinner

 

Jonas, Mikael & Dustin

Anthony Harris of the Kansas City Crew

The legendary Former about to say hello to Per, on couch

Smoke Tent at night, rather Smokey!

Nanna Ivarsson

Gabriele Dal Fiume of Dal Fiume Pipes

The single gentleman staring into the camera is the genius Kei Ichi Gotoh

Who do we have here? Looks like Wolfgang Becker & his wife Gitte. Jorg Wittkamp and Per Bilhall.

Per Bilhall caught in the middle of His Full Inspection of Pipes, for us to buy soon.

David Sahagian – Strong Coffee anyone?

 

Mr. Gotoh inspecting a pipe

Some Nanna and Gotoh pipes on display

 

Maigurs Knets, Dustin, Mikael & Per

Kei-Ichi Gotoh

Tom Eltang and Gotoh

A stunning selection of Wolfgang Becker pipes

Mr. Lars Ivarsson

Tonni Nielsen

 

Kansas City Show – Best of Competition Pipes

Mr. Robert Lawing – Who has not purchased a pipe form Robert at one point or another?

 

Mimmo of Romeo Briar with friend

Wolfgang Becker, working the numbers with a buyer

Chunks of plateau rich briar for sale

Jeff Gracik of J. Alan pipes

Olie Sylvester of OomPaul

But of course

A rather dapper looking Ernie Markle

Sketches by Sixten Ivarsson. Further explanation in picture below.

 

 

Grant Batson, and his pipes.

Free tobacco samples

A stunning Todd Johnson pipe merging both old & new Japan

Some rare tobaccos

 

Tom Eltang inspecting what I believe is a Ray Kurusru pipe

American carver Bruce Weaver chatting with Per Bilhall

Per Bilhall & Wolfgang Becker

Neil Flancbaum & Mikael Pertot

Bruce Weaver

Tom Eltang enjoying a pipe and a pint

Teddy Knudsen and Grant Batson. You can just imagine these two getting along well.

Mikael & Steve Morisette

And now for the pipes that were on sale at the show.

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington – Gorgeous!

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington

Adam Remington – Wow!

Adam Remington

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik – Beautiful!

Gregor Lobnik

Gregor Lobnik

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey – Amazing Bamboo on this piece

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey – Another gorgeous piece.

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey – someone likes Bamboo.

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Steve Liskey

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson – Nice Wave Expression.

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson

Grant Batson's Table

A gorgeous shot – all of Grant Batson's pipe in his case. The red 'velvet'? is a Very Nice touch!

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold – Gorgeous birds-eye and so elegant.

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Peter Matzhold

Alexander Tupitsyn

Alexander Tupitsyn

Alexander Tupitsyn

Ernie Markle

Ernie Markle

Ernie Markle – Great looking pipe!

Ernie Markle

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan – Calabash top with loads of birds-eye

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin – Nice multi-texture.

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin – Nice contrast stain.

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin – Gorgeous!

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Vladimir Grechukin

Jonas Rosengren

An early Hiroyuki Tokutomi

Kei-Ichi Gotoh

Dunhill's

Race Car #48 Vauen Pipe

Alex Florov

Alex Florov

Alex Florov

Alex Florov

Michael Lindner's Table

 

Konstantin Shekita Pipes

Konstantin Shekita

Konstantin Shekita

Nathan King SteamPunk Pipes

Lee Von Erck's Table

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen – Incredible one-sided display of so many different elements. Stunning!

Kent Rasmussen – And it continues on the other side.

Kent Rasmussen – And the bottom as well. This may be one of the most dynamic pipes out there. Stunner!

Kent Rasmussen – The composition on this pipe is a magnificent story!

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen – No part of a Rasmussen pipe is untouched by beauty & elegance.

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen – So beautiful, how Kent's lines dance along the briar.

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen – Unending imagination. It just goes on & on.

Kent Rasmussen – It truly almost leaves you speechless. So beautiful.

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen – Taking a need to blast to another level.

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

Kent Rasmussen

 

 

Thank you again to TobaccoDays correspondant Mikael Pertot for delivering us the bulk of these great pictures and truly giving us an inside view of the show.

Some information on TobaccoDays favorite foreign correspondant.

The Truly Lovable Mikael Pertot

 

Mikael Pertot is a 51-year old pipe collector from Sweden. He describes himself as being an avid cigar smoker for the past 20 years and that he worked as the distributor for Cigar La Donna Dorado (Dominican) in Sweden some time ago. By coincidence a friend of his introduced him to pipes several years ago and Mikael was, in his words  ”…instantly hooked by the flavor and body of the tobacco…”  Shortly after that moment and sadly, like many of us, Mikael was diagnosed with P.A.D. (Pipe Acquisition Disorder) and he immediately set out on a trek to learn as much as possible regarding everything that is pipe related. His main interest was in high grade pipes and he began to visit most, if not all, the pipe makers in Sweden & Denmark. After his first visit to the 2010 St. Petersburg pipe show, Mikael got hooked on Russian and Ukranian carvers, where he believes that many of tomorrows high grade carvers will soon be found.

Mikael counts many of the best pipe makers in the world as his personal friends and he is happy to announce that Per Bilhall (ScandPipes.com) has made him Assistant Pipe Dealer and he is now in charge of managing Russian and Ukranian carvers for ScandPipes.

 

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