• From high profile to high altitude

    From high profile to high altitude

    After decades of million-dollar business deals and glamorous living, Mark Stewart finds a peaceful refuge as a pipemaker in the North Carolina mountains by Chuck Stanion Living high in the mountains of Brevard, N.C., far from the Philadelphia, New York and Vegas of his youth, enjoying a modest lifestyle dramatically different from his former days […]

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  • A man of many talents

    A man of many talents

    Lester Garlow was at his best when carving pipes by Bruce Garlow He was a Navy man who fought the Japanese in World War II and helped shepherd the heavily damaged light cruiser USS Marblehead to home port following a massive air attack on the ship off the Borneo coast in early 1942. He was […]

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  • Chris Tarler and Sykes Wilford

    Perfect union

    The popularity of Cornell & Diehl’s pipe tobacco blends leads the company to partner with Laudisi Distribution Group Sometimes a company can be a victim of its own success. That’s certainly been the case with Cornell & Diehl, which produces pipe tobacco brands such as Cornell & Diehl, Hermit Tobacco Works, Castello, Two Friends and […]

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  • Focused pursuit

    Focused pursuit

    Wayne Tiepen doesn’t merely pick up pipemaking–he chases it with everything he’s got by Stephen A. Ross Wayne Teipen strives to get the most out of everything he does. Whether it’s in his health care profession, projects around the house, wilderness hikes or his recently found interest in pipemaking, the 42-year-old Indiana native rarely lets […]

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  • Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

    Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

    by Ben Rapaport It is often said that a good historian is a myth-buster. A better explanation comes from the historian Henry Adams: “Nothing is so astonishing in education as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts,” and there is certainly a mountain of inert facts that promotes ignorance in […]

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From high profile to high altitude

From high profile to high altitude

After decades of million-dollar business deals and glamorous living, Mark Stewart finds a peaceful refuge as a pipemaker in the North Carolina mountains by Chuck Stanion Living high in the mountains of Brevard, N.C., far from the Philadelphia, New York and Vegas of his youth, enjoying a modest lifestyle dramatically different from his former days […]

Read More

A man of many talents

A man of many talents

Lester Garlow was at his best when carving pipes by Bruce Garlow He was a Navy man who fought the Japanese in World War II and helped shepherd the heavily damaged light cruiser USS Marblehead to home port following a massive air attack on the ship off the Borneo coast in early 1942. He was […]

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Chris Tarler and Sykes Wilford

Perfect union

The popularity of Cornell & Diehl’s pipe tobacco blends leads the company to partner with Laudisi Distribution Group Sometimes a company can be a victim of its own success. That’s certainly been the case with Cornell & Diehl, which produces pipe tobacco brands such as Cornell & Diehl, Hermit Tobacco Works, Castello, Two Friends and […]

Read More

Focused pursuit

Focused pursuit

Wayne Tiepen doesn’t merely pick up pipemaking–he chases it with everything he’s got by Stephen A. Ross Wayne Teipen strives to get the most out of everything he does. Whether it’s in his health care profession, projects around the house, wilderness hikes or his recently found interest in pipemaking, the 42-year-old Indiana native rarely lets […]

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A small shop with a big inventory

A small shop with a big inventory

It doesn’t take a huge space to provide the best in pipe smoking by H. Lee Murphy Was it so long ago that enclosed malls were a prime destination for pipe and cigar shoppers? In the 1980s and even into the 1990s it seemed that every sizable retail center had a tobacco emporium where men […]

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Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

Manufacturing myths: Pipe debunking, part II

by Ben Rapaport It is often said that a good historian is a myth-buster. A better explanation comes from the historian Henry Adams: “Nothing is so astonishing in education as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts,” and there is certainly a mountain of inert facts that promotes ignorance in […]

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Other stories

Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

Reflections on the Trade: Random Pipe and Tobacco Facts and Factoids of Yesterday

  By Ben Rapaport   We read, we hear and we see stories and reports daily, lots of information that, sometimes, we don’t know if we should believe. That’s probably why the mantra “don’t believe everything you read” was coined. And it’s certainly true that some of what’s been written on the interrelated topics of […]

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Rising from the ashes

Rising from the ashes

Sometimes drastic events lead to great changes By Chuck Stanion He’d finally conquered his slice. Joe Skoda’s golf game, while at a near professional level, had suffered from his tendency to slice, but after intense professional coaching, he’d figured it out. In 1977, his game was better than ever and he was considering a professional […]

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Cold stones

Cold stones

By Marc Munroe Dion When the poor and working class people of Mill River, Mass., speak English (and at least two-thirds of them can speak English) it is with an accent that does not sound like Boston, which is 50 miles north. Nor does it sound like the stereotypical “ayup,” accent one associates with Yankee […]

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Racing ahead

Racing ahead

Nate King’s background in racing provides the patience, persistence and pursuit of perfection needed to become a top-level pipemaker By Stephen A. Ross On the surface, there couldn’t be two subjects more vastly different than IndyCar racing and pipe smoking. One consists of specialized open-wheel, open-cockpit cars powered by fire-breathing 900-plus horsepower engines roaring around […]

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Carving a path of her own

Carving a path of her own

Nanna Ivarsson builds on the legacies established by her grandfather, Sixten, and father, Lars by Stephen A. Ross There’s a certain bit of insecurity that most artists feel about their craft. The self-expression on display in their work brings with it a baring of the soul, a deep desire to connect one’s passion and experiences […]

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Pipe revival

Pipe revival

•By Russ Oechslin• Being so good at what he does keeps Tim West busy When a visitor walks downstairs to the basement workshop in Tim West’s suburban Columbus home, it’s immediately obvious just how much pipe repair work he has lined up. The incoming boxes from UPS and the Postal Service line one side of […]

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Other Recent Articles

The healing properties of tobacco

The healing properties of tobacco

When my brother and I were small, our family spent summers at a cottage on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, N.Y., where we grew up. The lake was always glacially cold, but we’d stay in the water until we had turned blue enough for our parents to demand we regain normal body temperature in the sun, […]

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Pipe Stuff

Pipe Stuff

Orient Express limited edition S.T. Dupont’s latest limited-edition Prestige Collection pays tribute to the Orient Express with a writing set, a Line 2 lighter and cufflinks. Inaugurated in 1883 under the name “Express of East,” the Orient Express connected Paris to Constantinople, serving several European capitals along the way. It was an emblem of the […]

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Parting shots

Parting shots

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Pipelines

Pipelines

No Thumbs Tom In the not-so-quiet pirate community of Blagery Dak (see “Black Friday Pirate Plunder” entry in the Musings area of Oompaul.com for more information), there were many, many characters of all sorts and shapes. Some with good (relatively speaking) hearts, some with cold ones. Some with hearts that may have looked like a […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb We decided to review two tobacco brands that are so old and established, and frankly so coy in their descriptions, that they’re hardly the buzz of the pipe world. Robert Lewis and James J. Fox tobaccos are products of two of England’s oldest and still-operating tobacco merchants. Lewis was […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad Please forgive me if I fail to respond to some emails, but due to technology changes, I may miss a beat this time. Perhaps as a consequence, there have been few responses to the last “Pipefuls,” but those are certainly worthy of general discussion. On the continuing thread of late and lamented […]

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The original rough-cut pipe from Bo Nordh’s workshop

2014 Pipe of the Year by Vollmer & Nilsson

Pipes and tobaccos 2014 Pipe of the Year by Vollmer & Nilsson Bo’s Cobra This is our first pipe of the year from Sweden, home of many of the finest pipes ever crafted, including those by this year’s artisans, Martin Vollmer and Anders Nilsson. Half-brothers Vollmer and Nilsson craft pipes together at their workshop in […]

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Trial by fire

Trial by fire

by Tad Gage and Joe Harb Capstan “Blue” Sliced Flake Gage: Capstan Blue is the darker and heavier blend, but the tin aroma of the two is nearly identical. The flakes are perfect layers of dark leaf flecked with bright yellow strips and circles. Who needs to smoke it? The tobacco looks like a finely […]

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Lot 712
A Dutch dated boxwood pipe case
Mid-17th century
Carved with a pair of lions, a pair of birds, hearts and foliage and inscribed “ANNO
1649,” brass hinge
9.5 in. (24 cm.) long
Estimate £800–1,200
Price Realized £2,750

The clay tobacco pipe case

  An ingenious European tobacco trifle by Ben Rapaport Illustrations provided by Christie’s Images 2010 Of all the accessories in the taxonomy of tobacco- and pipe-related collectibles—the generally accepted term is tobacciana—jars, boxes, humidors, bags, pouches, racks, tampers (or, in the Queen’s English, tobacco-stoppers), tongs, tins and pails, et al., there is one lonely, near-forgotten […]

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Pipefuls

Pipefuls

by William Serad I continue to get opinions on blends whose loss is mourned. In fact, I seem to have really struck a rich vein with Cesare Borgia. From Denny Avers of Lake Monticello, Va.: “I could hardly believe my eyes! Someone else who laments the loss of Amphora’s Cesare Borgia pipe tobacco. Many years […]

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