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McClelland Craftsbury Pipe Tobaccos

Meet Chris Hopkins, a pipe blogger and former tobacconist. Chris worked for his first tobacco company at the age of 17 in Kentucky, then later as a tobacconist in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Chris currently operates an in- depth blog review of pipe tobacco and products at Pipe Tobacco Critique. He is currently a graduate [...]

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Tobacco Pipe Collector: Soren Stjernholm

Soren Stjernholm is a long-time pipe smoker from Denmark. I’ve enjoyed getting to know him a bit on Instagram, where he posts artful photos with his tobacco pipes in the great outdoors.We sat down for an ocean-crossing Skype session a few weeks ago. Read our conversation about tobacco flavors and other random topics below:An Interview [...]

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How to match your pipe & tobacco, #2

Meet Chris Hopkins, a pipe blogger and former tobacconist. Chris worked for his first tobacco company at the age of 17 in Kentucky, then later as a tobacconist in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Chris currently operates an in- depth blog review of pipe tobacco and products at Pipe Tobacco Critique. He is currently a graduate [...]

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New Owl Pipes: Meet Steve Lavoice Jr.

Steve Lavoice Jr, the artisan pipe maker behind OWL Pipes, is an up-and-comer that we’ve watched almost since he started. Depending which side you catch him on, you might think of Steve as an old-world throwback or a Millennial rock star. Either impression would be partially right.Steve’s whimsical interpretations of traditional briar pipes are bold, [...]

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How to match your pipe & tobacco, #1

It takes most pipe smokers about three years to find their favorite tobacco.During those three years, you probably amassed a few pipes.If your pipe smoking journey began like mine, then you probably tried at least five or six blends in each of your pipes. In the beginning we just pick a pipe we want [...]

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New Paul’s Pipes: Meet Paul Menard

Paul Menard is a Renaissance Man, more so than anyone I’ve spoken with in a long time.Over the course of a nearly two hour interview, our conversation moved seamlessly from tobacco pipes to books. I listened with no small amount of envy as he spoke of living among the redwood trees and learning secrets of [...]

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Virtual Pipe Club with Rik Ruff

Once per month we join a few of our friends from the tobacco pipe community for a Google Hangout. For March, we sat down with Rik Ruff of Ruff Works Pipe Tampers to talk about how he started making his unique tools, what he wants his customers to know, and what the future holds for [...]

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Tobacco Pipe Accessories: Your pipe kit

We spend a lot of time thinking about our smoking pipes. We compare briar grain and debate the merits of different tobacco blends. What doesn’t always receive as much attention are the accessories that go with our favorite smokers. As we prepare for our Virtual Pipe Club Meeting with Rik Ruff next week, we spent [...]

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New Jersey Fellowship of Pipe Smokers

As much as we enjoy all our virtual friends, there is nothing quite like an in-person gathering for a pipe club meeting. Whether it’s to try new pipe tobaccos, swap acquisition stories, or just commune with others who share your passion, there isn’t another experience quite like it. Read on to learn about The New [...]

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Cellaring Tobacco: The Dos and Don’ts

Many pipe smokers consider cellaring tobacco a dividing line between the true connoisseur and a casual smoker.When you hear a pipe smoker talking about his tobacco cellar your thoughts are usually one of the following:“What in the world is a tobacco cellar?”“This guy/girl must really be an expert tobacconist!”“How do I become that smoker?”Cellaring tobacco [...]

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