Pipe Makers

Below is information concerning a few of the more popular pipe manufacturers of both past and present. These manufacturers produce or have produced some of the most collectable pipes today Ardor: The Ardor Pipe was first carved in 1911 when the four Rovera brothers (Frederico, Carlo, Cornello, and Franscesco) of…

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Common Pipe Shapes

Here is a listing of some of the more common pipe shapes and styles. Apple: A true classic pipe shape with a round or spherical bowl. Straight: Bent: Squat: A shorter version of an apple shape. Author: This classic shape has a squat apple bowl with a wide stem and…

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Common Pipe Misnomers

With any hobby that has a rich tradition such as pipe smoking, misinformation and errors are bound to arise. Recently, on the heels of the cigar boom, more and more smokers are beginning to discover the joy of pipe smoking. As a tobacconist I hear some wild theories and down…

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Common Pipe Terms

Amber: A petrified pine resin used in the 1800’s as a source for mouthpieces and stems. Bit: The end of the mouthpiece that goes in the mouth. Saddlebit: A stem that radically decreases in thickness to a slimmer bit. Tapered Bit: A stem that slowly tapers throughout the length to…

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Caring for Your Pipe

Proper cleaning and care for your pipe is vital to optimal performance and enjoyment. If you do not maintain your pipe it can lead to foul odor, bad taste, and even to burn out and/or cracking. Many pipe enthusiasts find pipe maintenance relaxing and actually look forward to it. Mark…

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Selecting a Pipe

Many people are intimidated by the prospect of buying a pipe for someone else or even themselves if it is their first. Although this trepidation is understandable, you can find a great pipe that either you or your loved one will enjoy for years by looking for a few key…

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Pipe Styles

Pipes come in such a wide variety of shapes and styles that it is easy to be overwhelmed at first. When you take a closer look at all the pipes in any pipe shop you can start to see different groupings that begin to categorize all the options available to…

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Meerschaum Pipes

Meerschaum is a soft stone that is mined within a 4 mile radius of Eskishir Turkey. Meerschaum actually is a German word meaning sea foam to describe how deposits would break off of the sea floor and drift onto shore to be gathered and carved into jewelry, statuettes, or whatnot.…

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Briar Pipes

Briar pipes are the most common form of pipe found today and are carved from the burl on the root of the White Heath tree. This substance is a perfect medium for pipe smoking as it is hard, porous, and fire resistant while also beautiful when carved, sanded, and polished.…

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Straight Pipes and Bent Briars

There exists basically two styles of pipes: Straight and Bent. Straight pipes have no curve to the shank or stem while bents do. Usually a pipe smoker tends to like one or the other with the majority (75% or so nationally) preferring bents. Although aesthetics play a major part in…

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