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All-Time Favorite Pipe Shows and Why

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  • Started 5 years ago by pipestud
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  1. pipestud

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    One of the things I will discuss at the upcoming Seattle Pipe Show dinner is the fact that Pipe Shows are truly an important part of our hobby. Any suggestions on what makes a great pipe show for you?

    Thanks for your help,

    Pipestud

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    I hope to go to my first pipe show this year. Raleigh & Richmond.

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    I've only gone to the Triangle Area Pipe Smokers Pipe and Tobacciana Expo twice, but it has
    been a pleasure. It's a chance to meet a number of pipe carvers, pipe retailers who know a
    good deal about their products, blenders and representatives who offer a wide range of samples
    to try out on the patio, several raffles and door prizes, and a goody bag that has included a tin
    or two of tobacco on the way out the door. Remember to pick up business cards, and take a pen
    to make a note on the back of the card about what interested you at that display table. Take along
    a few (small?) pipes to smoke samples. Give yourself several hours at a minimum, or a whole day if
    you can, because you will get into some conversations. This particular show has a modest entry fee --
    a few or five dollars, if I remember. Some retailers -- I won't put anyone on the spot -- will bring a
    pipe to the show for you, to save you shipping. You'll get to see and handle more pipes than even
    a good sized pipe shop offers, which is an education in shapes and design. Worth the time.

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    I have not attended one yet but I will be going to Vegas in 2014 for the west coast show.. Mainly because it is close to New Mexico... And, its Vegas!!

    “A pipe in the mouth makes it clear that there has been no mistake–you are undoubtedly a man.”
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    Along those lines - which pipe shows can you smoke at? Is it inside the show or in a tent out back?

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    At the TAPS show in N.C., it's no-smoking in the modest sized exhibit hall, but there is an roomy
    and pleasant covered patio with picnic tables and ash trays right at the door, so there is continuous
    communications between the indoor action and the smoking area.

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    Smoking is allowed at the St. Louis Show. It will be my first show as well. So it's bound to be my favorite. I'll probably try to make the Chicago Show this year too.

    Smoke your pipe and be silent; there's only wind and smoke in the world. - Irish Proverb
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    Easily its The Columbus show.

    Then again its the only one I have been to, but I have been 6+ times.

    "I believe that many who find that 'nothing happens' when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand"
    ~ C.S. Lewis
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    I live about 15 minutes from the Chicago Pipe Show. I have gone to the last three shows. Yes, the pipes and samples are great. But the two features that I like the best are the camaraderie with other pipe smokers and being able to talk to the giants in the industry. Last year, I sat down at a table with some guys and found out that they were heads of marketing for tobacco companies, top pipe makers, etc.

    Winton

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    I've been to Richmond twice. I love the venue as smoking is permitted on the floor. One of my favorite memories is from the show last year, sitting with some of the Philly Pipe club members and some DC area guys I know, just enjoying our pipes and new found treasures. After two shows, I can see it really is a small and close-knit fraternity.

    Al

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    The best part of pipe shows is the camaraderie by far. Getting to know and meet the people that we usually only associate with online is a real pleasure. Becoming acquainted with the pipe makers, estate sellers, retailers and tobacco blenders on a first name basis is to truly know the people that enjoy our hobby.
    As for the pipe shows that I attend my all time favorite is the CORPS in Richmond, Va. The hospitality, the time of year, and the venue are all tops IMO. If I had to choose only one show per year it would be CORPS. but since I am able to make more than one, Chicago and The West Coast Pipe Show are my other favorites. By far the best venue IMO is the Las Vegas show, with endless places to see and enjoy around town in addition to being a fantastic show and incredibly well organized. Chicago being the biggest pipe show on earth is just beyond imagination if you haven't attended a show before it can be overwhelming to a new attendee. The only negative is not being able to smoke on the show room floor, but it's hardly worth mentioning when they supply the massive smoking tent where you can sit, sip, puff and socialize 24 hours a day. So actually there's no such thing as a bad pipe show, they all start at excellent and get better from there!!! I just wish the weather was more accommodating for travel in the winter so that I could attend St. Louis.

    It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling---Mark Twain
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