Pipe Smoking Fiction

Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
Sam Barton was disgusted. Sitting at the desk in his small rented office on the second floor of a run down two story building in the ‘not so nice’ part of downtown, he could smell cigarette smoke wafting up the hallway. He hated cigarettes. Using his custom pipe tool, he stirred the Latakia tobacco in his pipe, repacked it and lit it with a stick match. The wonderful aroma filled the room, effectively killing the cigarette smell. The smoker was a woman. He could tell by her foot steps. Light but with purpose, she probably wore high heel pumps. The kind that make a women’s calves look good. Her steps were far enough apart to indicate someone tall. Another plus. As she approached, he made up his mind that whatever she wanted, he would turn her down. He couldn’t stand cigarettes.

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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 Perique farmer from St. James Parish, Louisiana, Brandon Gravois. Brandon also farms sugar, soybeans and is a cattle producer. He was one of the four Louisiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award finalists in 2013. In "Pipe Parts", Brian will talk recap the Columbus pipe show. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!

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Pipe Manufacturer & Retailer Spotlight

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.

You have no doubt heard of Boswell pipes. He has become, in many estimations, a kind of guru at the top of the mountain, dispensing vast knowledge about the mystique of pipe smoking.

If you haven’t heard, then get on your computer and go to the Boswell web page or on Instagram.

J.M. is one of America’s premiere pipe makers, although he will not tell you that. In fact, about all J.M. will say is, "I’m just like anyone else.

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Pipe Tobacco Reviews

E. Roberts
"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise; seek what they sought."
Matsuo Basho, for the uninitiated, is one of the Great Writers of any genre or language or time period. His particular claim to fame lies in his style-defining haiku, written in his short fifty-year lifetime at the dawn of the Edo period in Japan. That his authorship has come to us through a century and a half speaks to his clarity of insight into the human condition, into the universal truths of our shared experience. And shared experience is what draws us pipe smokers together, in a culture of instant camaraderie for our pastime of thoughtful enjoyment. Tsuge Pipe, in collaboration with Drew Estate, drew on Basho as inspiration for their Four Seasons line of aromatic blends debuted at last year’s IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas. I recalled being intrigued back then, and recently decided to try two of the seasons so that I could round out a recent order from SmokingPipes: First Days of Spring, a Virginia-burley-Cav with a dash of Perique & a berry topping, and Summer Daydream, a Virginia-burley-Cav enhanced with vanilla.

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    IPCPR 2015 Recap

    James Foster
    It's been called the super bowl of premium tobacco, the CES, the E3, the … insert the biggest trade show in said industry and you have it.   IPCPR or International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers 83rd Annual Convention and Trade Show (say that 3 times fast) is where  the industry meets and your local tobacconists come to buy cigars, pipes, and pipe tobacco.  Not only that, many use the opportunity to drum up press about their brands and release new products.  Unfortunately for most of you, dear readers, it is not open to the public.  But retailers and press are allowed in, so I am able to report to you as much as I can about the new and cool things coming out in 2015 and 2016 to your local tobacco store or retailer.

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    E. Roberts
    Back in August of last year, we took a look at Cornell & Diehl's Cellar Series project
    —blends specifically designed for the hobbyist with aging in mind. [The Joy of Smokes] Perique was and is the driving force for the flavor profiles of the blends, as this condimental tobacco's propensity to soften and season the mix are well-known and, if not predictable, surely amenable. Virginias of course provide the backbone, with high sugar content giving them the longevity and structure. Then come the supporting players of burley, Oriental and Cavendish, fine-tuning the chorus. The first three entries, Joie de Vivre, Oak Alley, and Chenet's Cake, were standouts to be sure. The two newest follow-ups, Old Grove and Bourbon Bleu, carry on the high standard of innovation and skillful blending we expect from C&D splendidly.

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  • Peterson: Killarney (53) P-Lip



    A shape adored by the Danish school, Peterson's pretty fond of their "53" Lovat as well. Although not a full-blown nosewarmer, this pipe still spor...
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