Despite flight changes, venue changes, an impending hurricane and disasters at the workplace, I’ve made it to New Orleans for the NOLA Pipe Show. My first official vacation from the day job in over two years, it already promises to be an affair to remember.
I flew in a day early to settle into the city and hotel, and to spend some time with the fellows putting on the show. I’d been looking forward to this trip for very personal reasons: twenty years ago I lived here, chasing after a girl—The One That Got Away. She was the love that gifted me my first pipe, and it was here in N’awlins that my own pipe-smoking history really began. I hadn’t been back here until now, and there was a little trepidation—the city and I both had twenty years to change. And of course, Katrina happened. All those fears were washed away in the sun on the morning I landed. The weather was perfect, people were smiling and friendly, and immediately I felt as much at home as I did back then. I do know what it means to miss New Orleans; thankfully, she’s still the raucous, laid-back, grinning gin-soaked old matron that I remember her being. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
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Marshall "Butch" Armstrong
"My husband knew he was going to die," recalled Mary Gialone. "He Knew." Mary and Sam Barton were sitting in Sam’s friend Scarlet’s living room. For reasons as varied as the clients Sam worked for, he sometimes needed a place to stay. Scarlet had given him a key. "He called me to his study one night, it was only two or three nights before he died. He was sitting at his desk and he had this pipe in his hands. It was very ornately carved and made out of some white material."
"Probably Meerschaum," Sam interrupted.
"We are pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of The Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania, today at 9:30 am executed the instrument conveying to Meier & Dutch the right to manufacture and distribute, under Standard Tobacco’s trademarks, War Horse, John Cotton’s blends, and Bengal Slices." This post, which appeared on several pipe forums this past 10th July, ushered in a new chapter detailing the continued resurgence of the pipe smoker in popular culture. The story of Standard’s inchoation embodies the story of the revived interest in this pastime we share that bridges generations and carries a collective history. To tell the story of Standard Tobacco is to tell the story of the tobacco hobby today.
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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.
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.