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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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Visiting Vladimir Grechukin – Photo Essay

I hope you had time to read the previous interview on pipe-maker Vladimir Grechukin. Since I spent a few days with him and his team in St. Petersburg, Russia, you can imagine that I was able to take a lot of pictures during my ...
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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...
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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...
by David M.
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Exploring Pipe Evolution – Boris Starkov’s Fin

All pipe-makers and their work naturally evolve over time. Things change within their work and sometimes you can literally see the step by step, natural transitions that such an idea takes and you can watch as it slowly evolves...
by David M.
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The Easy Transformation of the Briar Block’s Skin from Wood to something Extraordinary

Its nice to know that if a pipe maker ever becomes flustered with difficult thoughts related to what type of shape they should make next, they can always breath at least a small sigh of relief knowing that we also have the pipe...
by David M.
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Temporary Hiatus Almost Over

Dear Readers, The site has clearly been on a temporary break for some time. Clearly for good reason though. Some of the reasons are connected to the new business venture I am involved in, coupled with a full blown move down to ...
by David M.
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Don’t Smoke Aromatics? Think Again!

    I found my way to the joy of pipe tobacco after many years as a self described cigar aficionado. Rather than starting out as many new pipe smokers do in the world of aromatics, it was a natural progression for me ...
by Chris Garlasco
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Chicago 2012 – Show Report

What an absolutely incredible experience my first Chicago show was and what an absolutely overwhelming experience it was as well. With all the incredible, fun and pleasant experiences I had, side by side with each of them were ...
by David M.
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What is the Best Pricing Strategy for New Pipe-makers to use?

New pipe-makers just entering the business, have to make a living. They work long and hard hours at their craft and for the hours worked, they need to be compensated. If they are however new to the business, how should they app...
by David M.
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Cornelius Manz – Focusing on his own Voice

Is there a pipe-maker having more fun today than Cornelius Manz? (also spelled Maenz) How can he not be having fun? His pipes are sold out within a few hours of being posted. His re-orders from retailers are occurring at a non-...
by David M.
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Are you a Tobacco Customer or a Hoarder? Who Decides?

Much has been said of late concerning the “hoarding” of popular, hard to come by, brands of tobacco. It seems to have come to somewhat of a crescendo with the significant price increase of Samual Gawith bulk tobacco by some...
by Chris Garlasco
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Follow the Al Pascia boys as they scour the German & Danish Country-sides for Pipes

The Al Pascia boys, Leo & Cosimo, are once again upon their yearly search for the best briar’s coming out of the shops from the most talented German & Danish artisan pipe makers. The pipes they hand-select over th...
by David M.
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