Category Archives: Thank You for Smoking

A Ferndown

Leslie “Les” John Wood worked for Dunhill for 25 years. His last position was master silver smith, but till December 2011 he still did all of Dunhill’s silver work. In 1978, he started L & JS Briars to craft his … Continue reading

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A Pipe by Michael Parks

Michael Parks is a Canadian pipe maker who doesn’t make a lot of pipes but he does brings extra-high level to each one that is made. Working with solid vulcanite or acrylic rod for stems, he crafts mouthpieces to as … Continue reading

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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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