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How to match your pipe & tobacco, #2

How to match your pipe & tobacco, #2

Posted by Chris Hopkins on 22nd Apr 2015

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. H …
New Owl Pipes: Meet Steve Lavoice Jr.

New Owl Pipes: Meet Steve Lavoice Jr.

Posted by Renia Carsillo on 14th Apr 2015

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 whim …
How to match your pipe & tobacco, #1

How to match your pipe & tobacco, #1

Posted by Chris Hopkins on 2nd Apr 2015

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 wan …
New Paul’s Pipes: Meet Paul Menard

New Paul’s Pipes: Meet Paul Menard

Posted by Renia Carsillo on 27th Mar 2015

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 secr …
Virtual Pipe Club with Rik Ruff

Virtual Pipe Club with Rik Ruff

23rd Mar 2015

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 him.Our interview …
Tobacco Pipe Accessories: Your pipe kit

Tobacco Pipe Accessories: Your pipe kit

Posted by Jack Rather on 13th Mar 2015

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 w …
New Jersey Fellowship of Pipe Smokers

New Jersey Fellowship of Pipe Smokers

Posted by Renia Carsillo on 3rd Mar 2015

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 …
Cellaring Tobacco: The Dos and Don’ts

Cellaring Tobacco: The Dos and Don’ts

Posted by Chris Hopkins on 25th Feb 2015

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 to …
Pipe Collector: Michael Bradley

Pipe Collector: Michael Bradley

Posted by Renia Carsillo on 5th Feb 2015

Our February Tobacco Pipe Collector Spotlight takes us on a trip to the cold Ohio winter, where new collector, Michael Bradley, hunts down up and comers while listening to old records and trying to keep his pipe from freezing in the snow. Each month we share the insights and stories of one collec …
Pipe Tobacco 101: What am I Smoking?

Pipe Tobacco 101: What am I Smoking?

Posted by Chris Hopkins on 28th Jan 2015

Note from the team at TobaccoPipes.com:Meet Chris Hopkins, a pipe blogger and former tobacconist. You may remember Chris from our November Pipe Collector Spotlight. Chris worked for his first tobacco company at the age of 17 in Kentucky, then later as a tobacconist  in Winston Salem, North …