228. Dating A Hollco-Rohr Catalog

With the prices on K&P estate pipes taking some big jumps in recent months, I thought it might be time to look at one of my favorite eras: the Late Republic (1969-1989), as seen in a Hollco-Rohr distributor catalog that came to me after The Peterson Pipe went to the printer in 2019. It might

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227. Professor Schantz’s DIY on an SPD 2020

“Professor” John H. Schantz Jr., CPG, wrote me recently with a great DIY he performed on a St. Patrick’s Day 2020. As I’ve always wanted a System Pete with a green & black vulcanite cumberland stem, I had to share this story with you. Yes, technically John’s stem is swirled green & black, but it’s

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226. Documenting the Dunmore System and Classic Lines

Milos “Mike” Bera at PipesPens&More.com on eBay recently wrote me to say that he’d run across two examples of a Peterson Dunmore Classic line he’d never seen before—a higher-grade line with a briar-in-brass sandwich band. As I thought they were not only gorgeous but undocumented, the time seemed right to take a look back at

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225. “The Long Island Pete”: Bob Cuccaro’s Pipe Beginnings

You can learn quite a bit about a Kappnist or Pete Geek by his pipes. There is a great deal to discover and admire in the rich collecting interests of Bob Cuccaro, aka “TLIP.” I’ll let Bob tell you how his interests came about.  The Complete Classic Meerschaum Collection and Special Black Rack It was

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224. “Smoking is the Art”: Sweet Petes Future / Past

When we look at any beautiful object (natural or artistic), we suspend all other activity, and we are simply aware, we only want to contemplate the object. While we are in this contemplative state, we do not want anything from the object; we just want to contemplate it; we want it to never end. We

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223. Toward An All-Purpose Bowl Coating for Pete Geeks

Early last October I woke up and after saying my J. R. R. Tolkien prayer (“Thank you, Lord, for another 24 hours to smoke my pipe”), I began wondering how hard it would be to replicate K&P’s current bowl coating formula. It’s just a mixture of activated charcoal powder, food-grade gum arabic and water. How

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