Category Archives: The Pipe Pundit

Headed to The Show

Fred Brown There is an old adage in Major League Baseball, when the rookie leaves the minors heading to the big leagues. It’s called going to “The Show.” That’s where I’m headed the first of May, thanks to Kevin Godbee and PipesMagazine.com. I’ll be among those writing daily coverage of the Chicagoland International Pipe & […]

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Let Freedom Ring

Fred Brown Here is the issue: What do smoking pipes and the Federalist Papers (first known as simply Federalist) have in common? Some of the finest minds of the 18th Century wrote the Federalist essays, some 81 in all, as a way to inform the reading public on the intricacies of government and the governed. […]

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The Elephant Has Landed

Fred Brown A Second Front has opened in the Tobacco Wars. And if you are a conspiracy theorist, you might see this latest assault as one that could make pipe tobacco harder to find, harder to sell, and harder to purchase. Why? A major reason is that all of these issues result from the heavy […]

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A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Fred Brown Two of East Tennessee’s most iconic retail tobacconists, Smoky’s Cigar in Knoxville, TN., and The Gatlin-Burlier Tobacconist in Gatlinburg, TN., gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, have been in business for more than 30 years each. Combined, the two shops have more than a half century of history and experience from […]

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Tobacco’s Front Lines

Fred Brown To quote an old military theory, wars fought on several fronts are not won on any. Now take the battle lines for tobacco. It is not news that there is a war afoot against the use of tobacco in any form. Just recently, CVS, one of the largest retail pharmaceutical outlets in the […]

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So Many Blends … So Little Time

Fred Brown All right, so we all know that pipe smoking is good for your attitude. And it’s brain food, right? It settles the nerves and puts you at peace with the world and those around you. Yes, we know all that. That’s why we are pipe smokers in the face of an increasing opposing […]

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The Winds of Change Are Blowing Smoke

Fred Brown Here is the irony: In a time when the nation is legalizing marijuana, it is demonizing tobacco. In a time when marijuana’s drawbacks are being overlooked, or just not mentioned, tobacco’s worst characteristics are being loudly touted. And in a time when states are looking to jump on the marijuana bandwagon in order […]

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On the Other Side of the Moon

Fred Brown Well, it is a new pipe and tobacco year. There were some surprises last year with the comeback of a couple of long-loved and highly missed Three Nuns and Capstan. Now, at the dawn of 2014 comes the exciting news that the “old” original Crown Achievement is back in a new presentation tin. […]

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Nesbitt and Stewart, Two Friends and Their Pipes

Fred Brown Despite their diverse backgrounds, Bobby Nesbitt, a miner who lives and works in Sandersville, Ga., “The Kaolin Capital of the World,” and Charles Stewart, a retired University of Georgia dean, have a couple of things in common. They are buddies, but more than that, both are pipe smokers and they both buy and […]

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Smoke ’em While You Got ’em

Fred Brown For the pipe smoking world, 2013 hasn’t been much of a "smoking" ("hot") year. Oh sure, recently we’ve had plenty of innovation (and re-innovation) in tobacco blends (Three Nuns and Capstan redux come to mind). And there have been vast strides made in pipe-making from absolutely astounding artisans. The crafts of tobacco-blending and […]

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