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1906

Al Pascià’s New Classic Pipe

  In 112 years in the world of pipes we haven’t yet lost our enthusiasm of rising to a challenge, and commitment to designing and creating something new. This time we’re talking of a whole range, not just one model; a whole array of variations on each model, not just twelve; not just one artisan, but many, highly skilled craftsmen. However, there is only one driving force behind it all, with the confidence that can only come from...

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Tobacco Pipe Parts

    The pipe is undoubtedly a simple, no-frills smoking device: generally comprising just a couple of materials (Briar and Ebonite), this is more than adequate to ensure that it is functional and long-lasting. However, it would be interesting to try to examine more closely our “briar” in order to identify the essential features (that is to say, those present in any pipe) that constitute and characterise it.   BOWL:...

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The Advent of the Briar Pipe

It looked good, both for its colour as well as for its grain

    Monsieur Regard and Monsieur Buat had come to Beaucaire for the fair.  As delegates from the Chambre Consultative des Arts et Manufactures, they could not miss such an important event, to which merchants and merchandise flocked from all Mediterranean countries, as well as from some countries in the North. That evening they were dining in the inn, exchanging ideas and planning the next day when suddenly one of them broke...

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Stems

Shape Chart

    It is always a pleasure and interesting to discuss pipes: observing their craftsmanship, manufacture, air hole / bore forature and finish help pipe enthusiasts feel that they are increasingly an integral part of this fascinating world, and of the pipe itself (if the tobacco is the “fuel” of our briar, the smoker is the “accelerator pedal”, ready to regulate the fuel and speed properly). In addition to the...

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Umberto Eco: Memory and Pipes

Portrait of Umberto Eco

    His right hand cupping his chin, holding his index finger to his lips as if to silence them and at the same time smoothing his moustache a stroke or two, is a gesture that precedes thinking about something or remembering some episode in his life. If he is listening to someone, it may reveal the degree of interest in the person speaking or at least in what the person is saying. He follows by smoothing his beard and adjusting his glasses....

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Waiting for a Root - Part X

Not so much as visible for all to see, but invisible, underground: the strange, round root of a Mediterranean shrub

    Henry Ford and Frederick Winslow Taylor had not yet been born, yet pipe production was already divided into various stages that were assigned their own specialist craftsmen, foreshadowing the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth century English and Dutch workshops where clay pipes were manufactured. The raw clay that arrived from the quarries, washed clean of sand and other impurities, was then mixed with the raw scraps from previous...

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