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by Mark Irwin

Back in March, David over at one of the most intellectually and aesthetically sophisticated pipe-smokers blogs going, TobaccoDays.com, launched “The Most Creative Pipe Photo Contest, which I heard about through Neill Archer Roan’s A Passion for Pipes blog.  In addition to walking away with some nice pipe-prize money, the winners, he wrote, would have their photos displayed in an exhibition at this year’s Chicagoland Pipe Show. If you haven’t seen the winners yet, quit reading this and go over to his site. You’ll be agog with delight. Read more

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Radice | AeroBilliard |

by Luca di Piazza

Pictures report from our workshop where Tonino Jacono and Luigi Radice are working together on two very special pipes!  Read more

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Radice | Jacono |
24/10/2013

Beijing Pipe Show

by Luca di Piazza

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Radice | Le Nuvole | Posella |

by Luca di Piazza

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Radice |

by Luca di Piazza

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AeroBilliard | Radice | Posella |

by Mark Irwin

A few weeks ago Luca emailed me that he was sending a prototype for a new kind of Neatpipes Chubby, an AeroBilliard. Without knowing what it was, the name nevertheless sent my mind racing. You see, I come from a long line of aviators. During World War II, all three of my mother’s brothers served in the Army Air Force, and my father’s only brother was killed on a routine training mission after the war. My father-in-law was navigator on Gettin’ Ready, one of the colossal B-29 Superfortresses that flew out of the Tinian Islands. I built countless WWII scale-model fighters as a kid. Read more

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Radice | AeroBilliard | Chubby |

by Luca di Piazza

We are visiting Radice's workshop during a very special occasion! Today, March 5th, is Luigi's birthday and we would like to celebrate the special day with him, Marzio and Gianluca, dedicating this collection of pictures on Neatpipes's Blog. Read more

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Radice | AeroBilliard |

by Mark Irwin

 I’m mad about chubbies. My analyst Doc Irwin says it’s because I was chubby as a kid. When everyone else was buying their shrink-to-fit Levi 501s, I was buying Expand-O-Matic Huskies With The Patented Double Knee at Sears & Roebuck. Even in grad school one of my best friends said, “You’re not really chubby—that’s just happy fat. Buddha tummy.” Yeah, right. Read more

by Mark Irwin

PIPE ACQUISITION DISORDER, or P.A.D., first recognized by kapnismologist Dean James in a classic ASP post at the turn of the new century, is by now a well-known disorder among pipe smokers the world over. It strikes without warning, afflicting the pipeman regardless of age, class, station or rank. It is actively encouraged by retailers, brick-and-mortar tobacconists and even the pipe makers themselves, without apparent regard for the well-being of those who come under its influence. Yet little is known about what triggers it, capitulating otherwise sane pipe smokers into the howling abyss. Read more

31/01/2012

The Date of Birth

by Luca di Piazza

The pipe is, and should remain, an object for smoking tobacco. This is an ideal that has always been firmly planted in the mind of the Pipe maker and the small Italian workshops.  The interest of the collectors, who have been prevalent since the dawn of pipe smoking itself, paved the way for the evolution of research and development that would later lead to pipes being marked by both shape and the year in which they were produced. The pinnacle of this kind of research is personified by Limited and Numbered Edition of pipes, which have always been very attractive to all types of smokers and collectors.  Read more

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