Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

Ascorti Natural Bent Billiard

The history of Ascorti pipes started back in 1986 when Giuseppe “Peppino” Ascorti started making pipes. Today, the company is helmed by son, Roberto Ascorti. Roberto personally selects the best briar, ages it for two years, and then starts carving … Continue reading

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A Jeff Gracik Pipe

I learned pipe making from Lee von Erck and two of the nicest people I’ve known – Ernst Markle and Jeff Gracik. Ernie’s educational background is in Philosophy and Spanish, yet previous to becoming a full-time pipe maker he worked … Continue reading

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Another Insanus!

Yup, it gets crazier – the Insanus range of Ser Jacopo. How in the world do they drill a drafthole along a continuous curve? Really off-the-wall.

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Another Anthony Harris Pipe

Anthony Harris is a talented woodturner who has applied his skills to making some extraordinary pipes that smoke so great! Read about him here. I already own two of his pipes and acquired another one at the annual show of … Continue reading

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Clowning Glory

Maurizio Fraternale was at our pipe show in Singapore last October and it was nice meeting him at the annual show of the Chicagoland Pipe Collectors Club earlier this month. We chatted a bit and I bought an Insanus pipe from … Continue reading

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Pipe Making – From Ground to Mouth

Never in my wildest dreams did I thought I would be able to make my own pipes; but I did, after learning from masters when I went to Michigan and Chicago. What made me do it? I believe that the … Continue reading

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Apple Wood by Moretti – The Second One ever Made

Here’s a special tapered stem Liverpool made of apple wood; so far this is the second apple wood pipe that Marco has made:

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Silly Fun?

This rubbishy pipe has furthered my opinion that mercenary (paid for hire) pundits are flatulent bags of pus. Look at the wows in the reviews of this pipe – you’ll be amazed at how people talk about it as though … Continue reading

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Very Special Moretti – the Fourth One ever Made

Marco has done it again – created a most unusual pipe of stunning beauty. It’s only the fourth such pipe he has ever made; cost US$1500/-. The birdseye grain at the bottom is simply out of this world:

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And a Moretti for my Birthday

One can never have enough Moretti pipes so I was absolutely delighted when Izuan presented me one – a giant olive chubby – as an early birthday present:

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