Category Archives: Pipe Reviews & Pipe Makers

Karlheinz Joura and His Love of Freedom

Rick Newcombe 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 […]

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Talking Pipes with Artisans from NeatPipes The Party 2.0

Lori Brown During our attendance at Neatpipes The Party 2.0 in Milan, Italy, for which you can read the coverage here, we took some time to talk details with a few pipe makers and one retailer. We started with the well-known artisan, Manduela Riger-Kusk. Manduela started making pipes 26 years ago. She apprenticed under Poul […]

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The Story of a Custom Cob

Steve Graves When I first started seriously exploring corn cob pipes, my question was "Do cobs smoke as well as briars?" Now, my question has become, "Do any of my briar pipes smoke better than my cobs?" Look, I know there are pipers who are never going to get beyond the esthetics of corn cob […]

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Low Country Pipe, Li Zhesong, & Chinese Pipe Making

A. Miller A week ago, through some unusual circumstances, I had an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Pipe Mecca—Low Country Pipe and Cigar and the headquarters of SmokingPipes.com. For some pipe smokers with amazing brick and mortar shops nearby their homes, this might not have held the same significance as it did for me. […]

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Protecting Your Investment With an Investment

James Foster When I was at a recent pipe show I noticed a guy walking around with a messenger bag that looked really nice. I asked him if it carried pipes, and he opened it. The front pocket had room for a tablet and the back pocket had 8 pipes tucked away in individual pouches […]

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Twain and His Creations Arrive in Corn Cob Fame

A. Miller A few months ago a friend of mine took a look at my pipe collection and furled his brow slightly. "You know," he said, "You wouldn’t burn the rim of your pipes so badly if you loaded them less full, smoked inside, and altogether avoided the wind." True. And my nicer briars would […]

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Smoothing Out Ruff Edges

James Foster I had first heard about some of Rik’s custom tampers after seeing a tamper that looked very much like a cigar, ash and all. Doing a double take I had asked where did that come from and I was pointed to Etsy to a new pipe smoker and new carver who has a […]

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Wolf Zheng, Making Pipes on a 30th Floor Balcony

A. Miller If you’re anything like me, you spent at least one bowl this last week wishing you were in Chicago and enjoying the glory of shiny pipes and tobacco samplers. I like to imagine it’s a place where flake tobaccos pave the roads, rope tobaccos hang from trees like willows, and ribbon-cut tobacco covers […]

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It’s All Greek To Me

E. Roberts Impossible as it seems, it’s been a year since the Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show, and the date for this year’s extravaganza is fast approaching. Last year’s show was my first, and you can read all about my experiences right here at PipesMagazine.com, as well as other exclusive reports from Chris Stout […]

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Majestic Meerschaum

Examining a MeerQueen Meerschaum Floral Pipe Tom Spithaler Since cave men discovered fire (if that’s the history you choose to believe in…) people have been burning things for a number of reasons. Used for all sorts of purposes ranging from keeping warm, to cooking and eventually as a weapon, fire has produced all sorts of […]

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