Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sweet Home Chicago!

"I'm heavy loaded baby. I'm booked, I gotta go." Robt. Johnson

Saturday, April 24, 2010


I spent the morning selecting and cleaning the pipes I'll take to Chicago. Deciding which pipes to take is always a soul searching activity. They have to be great smokers for the hours of smoking to come and they have to represent one's "collection" to some degree. This matter of representation isn't just a vanity. Hours are spent talking pipes and it helps to have a piece of hard evidence to back you up when you say "X makes some great pipes!". You can immediately pull out a pipe by X and prove you speak the truth ... not that I've ever had anyone call me a liar at the pipe show - but just in case.
After a few hours of gunky pipe cleaners and some buffing, my chosen few are ready for the trip. -T

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

One Week Eve

Starting at 88 days I've had a running countdown to the Chicago Pipe Show. 80 days have been crossed off. Mark, Chuck and I leave a week from tomorrow and head for the big event. Giddy is not a very manly description, but I'm afraid it applies to all of us. Pipes, tobacco, exotic sights and especially friends long unseen are all waiting there for us. It's such a pleasure catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. The next week will be one of those weird occasions when time moves incredibly fast and amazingly slow at once. If you are there, look for 3 giddy (but oh so manly) guys and say hello. -T
pictured above- The Smoking Tent where all the socializing happens!

Monday, April 19, 2010

More from Gregor Lobnik

Just to keep the Chicago ball rolling, here's a couple of more photos from Gregor. -T

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vollmer & Nilsson Preveiw

I am starting to wonder why I ask my pipe maker friends for these Chicago previews. It's not like I need anything to get me revved up and excited about the show. I suppose it's that old lingering love of the Sears Christmas WishBook. I wore that thing out every year. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Martin Vollmer & Anders Nilsson make fantastic pipes. They smoke as good as they look. -T

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Couple Mark is Working On

It's spring and the weather is great for working in the shop. Mark has a couple going. -T

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Wolfgang Becker in Chicago (update)

It's fun getting to see photos of great pipes that will be in Chicago, but I'm starting to feel like a masochist. I can't possibly buy all the pipes I want. I need to remember what Wolfgang told me a couple of years ago- "Buy one pipe. Enjoy it. Get to know it. Appreciate it. Later, when you can, buy another." Yes, calm down. Enjoy the ride. -T

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Update from Heiner Nonnenbroich- NEW PIPES ADDED

Heiner has added some pipes to his Chicago preview page. The photos look good, I can't wait to see them "in the flesh" ... if that phrase can be applied to pipes. -T
Click to see - Nonnenbroich Preview ( new pipes added 4/14/10)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Couple of Small Ones

We make big ones for a while and then we make some small ones. These are winging (actually they are rolling) their way west. -T

Monday, April 5, 2010

Wolfgang Becker in Chicago

My good friend Wolfgang Becker has been kind enough to send some photos of pipes he will be bringing to the Chicago Pipe Show (at the end of this month!) and as always, I'm thrilled to see them and I thought others would be too. So here's a few. -T