The Pipe Pundit

Fred Brown
In the not-too-distant past,
it wasn’t unusual to find old men in work-worn and faded hats smoking pipes or chewing tobacco and spitting juice at a fat iron stove in the center of a well-oiled and creaky pine wood floor inside a rural general store.

Other bewhiskered gents might be gently pouring and packing tobacco from a tin can into thin cigarette paper, licking and expertly hand-rolling it into a straight, white smoke. In later terminology, the rolled cigarette would be called a joint or a reefer.

Funny, today tobacco is in disfavor, and marijuana, the leaf heart of the reefer crowd, is not only accepted, but it is also legal in several states. Any year now, tobacco could find itself behind bars, as illicit as marijuana once was.

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Radio Talk Show

Kevin Godbee
Thank you for joining us for The Pipes Magazine Radio Show—the only radio talk show for pipe smokers and collectors. We broadcast weekly, every Tuesday at 8 pm eastern USA time and are available on nearly all podcast sites and apps. Listen on your computer, tablet, phone and even in the car! Our Featured Interview tonight is with Ken Barnes. Ken has quite a history in the British pipe world. He has three generations of family in the pipe and tobacco business. When he was 15-years old he got a summer job sweeping the floors in the Charatan pipe factory. Eventually, he became the Managing Director of the company. He has also been involved with Ben Wade and Upshall pipes. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will give us a trip report on his recent travels in London and Copenhagen, along with his trip to the Mac Baren tobacco factory.  Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Pipe Smoking Satire

A. Miller
I was taking a nap on a lazy Saturday and woke up to the sun shining through my windows. Given the 18 inches of snow we had on the ground from the previous week this was a welcome change. While it was warm outside, there was still a lot of snow in my back yard. I packed my pipe with some Luxury Navy Flake and headed out in to the snow.

I built a huge bottom section, and then wrestled the middle section for all I was worth on to the top (causing some muscle spasms in my back) before my son came out to help me roll a head for my snowman.

When all was done I lectured him on making friends, and the importance of making the right kind of friends. At this point I went in to grab a pipe for our new friend. Because the best kind of friend, smokes a pipe.

Sparing you my lecture on friendship … here are answers to your questions this week.

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Pipe Tobacco Reviews

Kevin Godbee
The Old Fashioned.
It’s one of the classic cocktails that remains popular today. Pipe Smoking. One of the oldest forms of tobacco enjoyment. Bacon: It’s bacon! What else do I have to say! It’s likely no news to most of you reading this that the past five-to-seven years have seen a wonderful resurgence in connoisseur pipes and tobacco production and enjoyment. Coinciding with this, there has also been a revival in classic cocktails. This is certainly true in my neighborhood here in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, FL. (For those geographically challenged, we are on a peninsula that is on a peninsula, with Tampa Bay on the east, and The Gulf of Mexico on the west.)

It’s not that I need an excuse to visit a couple of my favorite cocktail lounges along with pipe and tobacco in hand, but it’s nice to have one when it’s only 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I’ll give my tobacco review followed by two unique, exclusive drink recipes created just for this article.

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    J.M. Boswell, Stradivari of the Pipe World

    Fred Brown
    To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men—that is genius—Ralph Waldo Emmerson, "Self-Reliance" Essay, Boston, 1841

    J.M. Boswell is the living embodiment of self-reliance, a belief that the ultimate source of truth lies within himself.

    Lofty? Perhaps, but J.M. Boswell is a professional pipe maker of rare talent. He makes a perfect pipe because it is true to his code: it has to be flawless, or he will not let it leave his shop in Chambersburg, Pa.

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    Karlheinz Joura is one of my favorite people in the pipe world. He is also a skilled artisan whose pipes are considered among the most beautiful and best smokers in the world.

    Known as Karlo to his friends and family, he has been making pipes from his workshop in Bremen, Germany, for more than 40 years. His dramatic personal story is unique among pipe makers today. Much has been written about Karlo's life over the years, though many of the details have been left out of past reports. I have seen slight inaccuracies in some stories, including my own, due to translation issues, and I want to use this article to correct the record. For starters, there is his first name. We all assumed that "Heinz" was his middle name when in fact his first name is Karlheinz.

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    Some Pundit Thoughts at Christmas

    Fred Brown
    It has been quite sad to learn of Danish pipe maker Peter Heeschen's recent death.
    The older one gets, the more the death of friends and acquaintances hit home.

    I can't say that I knew Peter personally, but I did attend an event where he showed many of his beautiful pipes.

    He was such a friendly fellow. I found myself feeling ashamed that I could not speak a lick of his language, and his English wasn't so hot, either.

    But, as in most scenarios with pipes, language is no barrier. We know instinctively how to communicate about pipes and tobaccos. It's in the DNA.

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