One quarter of the year 2021 is gone already. It’s as if each upcoming moment turns to the one before it and says, “Hey dude, hold my beer.” For example, this review nearly didn’t make it—I had a catastrophic hard drive failure. Of course I didn’t back up, apparently I’m an idiot who likes living on the edge. It’s made me keenly aware of how much not being involved in the world’s drama is connected to my own version of sanity, which I am good at testing all by myself. With the weather warming up, there’s a lot of tenseness about the human and natural world to start ramping up the effort to get out and do stuff. Stuff like braving the public to go out buy a new hard drive. With many places still restricted, it’s causing a lot of pent-up energy to build up. That’s alongside all the other life-things that happen.
Welcome to The Pipes Magazine Radio Show Episode 451! Our featured interview tonight is with Declan Pollard. After having seven shows with seven questions for seven experts, Declan is our first in a series of novice pipe smokers that we pose seven questions to. He is a 22-year old dual American / British citizen living in Singapore. At the top of the show, for our pipe parts segment, Brian will start giving his answers to the questions he posed to the experts in the previous series. Sit back, relax with your pipe, and enjoy The Pipes Magazine Radio Show!
Since we didn’t have IPCPR (Now the PCA) this year as a tradeshow I didn’t get a chance to go sit down and interview all the people in the pipe industry to bring you the latest news and information. But, I have managed to reach out to a few people before the holiday season and try to get a summation of new products, holiday sales, and interesting deals available just in time for Christmas, etc.
Note: Keep checking back as this post will be updated as more deals pop-up.
Laudisi, Smoking Pipes
Now that Laudisi is in full swing over Peterson we’re seeing the seasonal pipes and plenty of them.
Let’s return now to a more romantic and simpler time when pace and society were slower.
It’s the 1940s just after the end of World War II. Soldiers are returning home to pick up their lives and loves.
The nation was doing its best to reboot to whatever normal was, to get back to life before the chaos of the wartime effort.
It was okay now to boogie-woogie and not worry about having to ship out to some far distant, dangerous battleground. There were no more frontlines in war zones.
From the Editor: Trevor Barton was a British pipe collector that favored historical non-briar pipes, such as: native American, tribal, ceremonial, art pieces, porcelain, ivory, and meerschaum. He ammassed a huge collection of pipes, along with smoking ephemera such as tobacco boxes, carved wood pipe cases, books, and large tobacco advertising figures in carved wood.
Via Press Release: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are to disperse one of the world’s finest collections of pipes and smoking accoutrements across a number of sales this year. The Trevor Barton (1920-2008) collection represents more than 50 years of acquisition and study, by a Hertfordshire pipe collector known to many in the antiques trade as ‘The Pipe Man’.
Mr. Barton began collecting pipes and other tobacco-related items in 1947, shortly after he was demobbed (British for discharged from the military). His son (also Trevor) recalls life in a small Tudor cottage in Hertfordshire surrounded by hundreds of pipes and regular visits from other enthusiasts, including fellow members of the Academie Internationale de la Pipe (the collecting association formed in 1984). “Dad was a true collector. One day he bought an antique pipe on a London street market. Within a few weeks he had ten, then 20. The collection then just kept growing for the next 50 years.” His father would unfailingly rise before dawn every Friday to attend Bermondsey market and then Portobello on Saturdays – the stallholders all familiar with ‘The Pipe Man.’