Kevin Godbee
The acclaimed and historied Danish Pipe Shop in Copenhagen has moved to a new larger location. This makes them the largest center for Danish and other pipes in Northern Europe. They opened in the new space on October 1st with a special event. They are now located just a few hundred yards away from the former site with the new store at Vester Voldgade 92, 1552 Copenhagen V.

Guests celebrating with them at their grand opening included pipe makers Manduela, Poul Winslow, and of course, Tom Eltang who has a 20% ownership stake. The new larger location not only offers much more inventory or pipes, tobaccos and accessories, but also has couches and chairs in a comfortable smoking area. In the old store there was nowhere to sit at all, and if you had 10 people there, the place would be packed. The new Danish Pipe Shop easily accommodated over 30-people for the grand opening event.

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Charatan, Upshall and Ken Barnes
    June 20th, 2016

Rick Newcombe

How could so many of us get it so wrong for so many years? I’m talking about how to pronounce the name Charatan.

We all turn the "ch" into "sh" so it sounds like Sheraton Pipes, just like the hotel chain.

But that is not correct. It is Charatan with the "ch" pronounced like Churchill.

I learned this on a recent visit to England — not just England but a town named Penzance. Yes — the same town whose name has become one of the most popular of the Esoterica tobaccos blended by J.F. Germain and Son. It is also the town that had pirates and inspired Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, "Pirates of Penzance."

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The Perique Pilgrimage
    October 21st, 2015

E. Roberts
There were fifty of us on the bus, heading west out of New Orleans early on a Friday morning.
A cross section of backgrounds, men and women, old and not so old, we were making a pilgrimage of sorts to the Mecca of our most revered subject of adulation: Convent, Louisiana, to the L.A. Poche factory, the de facto home of Perique tobacco. As the bus traced the course of the Mississippi for an hour outside of town, I gave in to my particular brand of narcolepsy and promptly fell asleep, though not for lack of anticipation. I’d been dreaming about this trip since I first read the article in, The Mystique of Perique. This one-time tour was arranged by Toby Ducote and the New Orleans Pipe Club with Mark Ryan to help kick off the inaugural NOLA Pipe Show, and believe me, it was one hell of a kickstarter. Normally civilians like us never get this peek inside the chocolate factory, as it were; it’s reserved for the occasional industry visit or the like.

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Kevin Godbee
The Standard Tobacco Company of Pennsylvania is a new company focusing on old tobaccos—and some famous ones at that. They are bringing back recreations of iconic pipe tobacco brands such as; John Cotton’s, Bengal Slices and War Horse. This company should not be confused with the Standard Tobacco Company which was established in Maysville Kentucky in 1932. This defunct tobacco warehouse is now a storage facility for a cable company, and industrial supplies. (They kept the name on the building for historical purposes since Maysville was once the second largest burley tobacco market in the world.)

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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.

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Blend Recipes to Remain Unchanged, Marketing & Website Beefed-Up

It was announced today that Cornell & Diehl, the well-known boutique pipe tobacco manufacturer based in Morganton, North Carolina will be merged with Laudisi Distribution Group (LDG). LDG is a subsidiary of Laudisi Enterprises, run by Sykes Wilford. Laudisi Enterprises is the U.S. distributor for Savinelli products and also runs The merger of LDG and C&D will be effective January 1, 2014.

The two founders of the companies, the late Craig Tarler of C&D and Sykes Wilford of LDG had done business together for over ten years, and in the process became friends and confidants. Mr. Tarler approached Mr. Wilford with the idea of taking over Cornell & Diehl years ago, but as Wilford puts it; “It wasn’t something we were ready for then.” Tarler, advancing in years and with an eye towards a succession plan, in 2008, brought in his son Chris to help run the business.

Gradually, Chris Tarler took over most of the management responsibilities from his father, and then all of them when the elder Tarler passed in September 2012.

After LDG took over the distribution of Savinelli products in October 2012, they instituted new processes and procedures which created efficiencies that afforded the opportunity for improved customer service, marketing and product development. While Wilford and Chris Tarler were in the process of working together on special tobacco projects, they became friends and Wilford told Tarler of his success with the Savinelli arrangement.

In an exclusive interview, Sykes Wilford told

"Since Chris and I are friends, we spent a good bit of time discussing the sorts of things we were doing with Savinelli distribution in our distribution division, Laudisi Distribution Group. As we got talking, it became clear that while Cornell & Diehl were clearly making great tobacco (I’m smoking some right now), there were a number of areas peripheral to their core business (i.e. important things that don’t have anything to do with the actual making of tobacco) that we could help with. Laudisi has a lot of experience with business processes, software, logistics and marketing. Further, we think that with the help of Laudisi Distribution Group, perhaps Cornell & Diehl–along with the other brands they manufacture, such as G. L. Pease and Captain Earle’s–could be more widely distributed into smaller shops across the country. We decided to start exploring the possibility of Cornell & Diehl joining the Laudisi family of companies."

"Ultimately, we worked out a deal where Chris Tarler and Patty Tarler, the owners of Cornell & Diehl, would become part owners in Laudisi Enterprises. Chris will join Laudisi as VP for Manufacturing and the entire C&D staff will become Laudisi team members. Keith Toney will move from C&D to LDG as we shift the distribution for C&D to LDG for the US market. Manufacturing will continue in Morganton, NC at the current C&D facilities."

Wilford stressed that there will be no changes to the tobacco blend recipes. Some of the tin art will change, and the C&D website will get a much-needed makeover. Direct-to-consumer sales will cease, but special orders can still be placed through any retailer interested in doing so.

Cornell & Diehl will maintain the same phone number and facilities so they can still be reached just as before.

Wilford summed-up by saying; "I’ve long been a fan of Cornell & Diehl’s tobacco and good friends with the Tarlers. Working on all of this with Chris and Patty has been really rewarding, learning about their business and about making tobacco (at a level of detail that I didn’t know existed) has been a ton of fun. Helping them with technology and marketing has also been a lot of fun. I’ve known for years that they were great people; I’m excited that Chris and I will be working closely to make Cornell & Diehl even better than it already is."

We asked Chris Tarler what excited him most about the new arrangement and he said; "The fact that the day-to-day administration of the business is lifted from my shoulders and I can concentrate solely on being creative with new blends and production has me extremely enthused. The company has been growing so fast that the management duties have grown to take up too much of my time. Now we can concentrate on manufacturing. This will reinvigorate the company for new blend development and increased manufacturing. Orders will be speeded up, customer service improved… this is better for the customer all around."

"It was a dream for my father to secure the future of Cornell & Diehl and this gives us a way to do that. We have such a great relationship with Sykes that this was the next logical step."

We also spoke to Gregory Pease, Blendmeister at G.L. Pease Tobaccos, which are produced by Cornell & Diehl.

Pease asserts; "This is really exciting for me, opening the door for some wonderful new opportunities. Not only will it help expand distribution, making my blends more accessible to a wider audience, but it will also make possible some ideas that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but just haven’t had the business resources to accomplish. I plan on creating more limited edition blends, and have some top secret new projects that I wasn’t able to do before the merger. Additionally, just having more marketing muscle behind the product is going to be good for the G. L. Pease brand overall."

Related Articles:
Savinelli USA Closes, Laudisi Dist. Takes Over (October 8, 2012)
Cornell & Diehl Looks to the Future (September 12, 2012)
Broken Pipe: Craig Tarler (September 5, 2012)

Kevin Godbee
Bennington Tobacconist has been in business in the state of Florida for nearly 50-years.
This second-generation family business was founded on the central west coast of Florida in 1965 by William Bennington. The original store is still located in the beautiful St. Armand’s Circle tourist area of Sarasota. Fifteen years after opening his first store, Mr. Bennington conducted a meticulous 3-year search and negotiations to open his second location in 1980. This location is in the swanky town of Boca Raton on the southeast coast of Florida. It’s quite an impressive feat for any small business to still be thriving after this many years. It’s even more remarkable if you’re a retail tobacconist in today’s ever-increasing climate of anti-smoking, anti-tobacco zealots with their jihad-like activism. Bennington’s must be doing something right though. I made a visit to the Boca Raton store recently and spent a few hours with the owner, Jim Bennington.

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The most popular material for making tobacco smoking pipes is by far—Briar. The Comoy family started making briar pipes in Saint-Claude, France in 1856 when they found that it was far superior to other woods and clays being used at the time. There are other woods used to make smoking pipes, but briar is considered the best because of several qualities—resistance to burning, density that withstands moisture produced from smoking, porosity that reduces heat, and the flavor that the wood itself adds to the tobacco in some cases. Briar comes from the Heath Tree, which looks more like a shrub than a tree, and is actually a flowering plant. It is small and grows in the Mediterranean Basin, coming from countries such as; Spain, France, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, and Greece.

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Kevin Godbee

During the Chicago Pipe Show last weekend, renowned tobacco blender Erik Stokkebye debuted some exciting new pipes. He was there representing Phillips & King International, which distributes several pipe and tobacco lines, including Erik’s own 4th Generation Tobaccos.

Building on the 4th Generation brand, there will now be an accompanying line of 4th Generation Pipes. The pipes are made in Denmark and developed by Erik and an undisclosed pipe maker. There are 4 shapes available; 1855, 1897, 1931 and 1957 –as with the tobacco each shape is based on the birth year of the four generations.

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Savinelli Pipe Production Video
    May 8th, 2013

Here’s an extremely interesting video from Savinelli Pipes that shows the entire pipe making process from when the wood arrives at the factory to the finished pipe. It’s a long process that includes the aging of the briar ebauchons, inspecting and sorting for different shapes, cutting, drilling, turning of the shank - there are as many as 90 distinct steps on the pipe’s way to completion.

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