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05 October 2010

Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers
 26th Annual Richmond Pipe Show
A pipe show isn’t just a chance for pipe pals to come together and smoke. Don’t get me wrong on this point; there were a lot of varied friendships kindling anew at the CORPS show in Richmond. However, that a convention is also monumental opportunity for a lot of guys in the industry to network with each other (or at least rub elbows) dawned on me pretty early Saturday morning. Seeing pipe makers like Peter Heeschen talk with Alex Florov or Jeff Gracik, I sensed that while these guys may exchange phone calls occasionally, they put the effort to travel in from around the world so that they can show off their work as well as see each others'. Whether it happens in the middle of a stolen moment during the show or over a dinner accompanied by an eight year old tin of ‘Bohemian Scandal’, these estimable artisans are sharing ideas and trade secrets in order to improve their craft. By doing so, they are boosting the health of the entire community and enriching the collective pipe smoking experience. And for that we give thanks.









Posted by sykes at 6:28 PM | Link | 2 comments

Re: Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers
It looks like fun was had by all. One day, I hope to meet you guys at one of these shows and share a smoke and a chat. Great pictures and great blog posts. Keep 'em comin', y'all!

Posted by David Huber on October 5, 2010 at 9:17 PM


Re: Conclave of Richmond Pipe Smokers
Thanks for the pictures and commentary Sykes. There really is a lot more to a pipe show than most would think.

Posted by keving on October 6, 2010 at 9:03 AM



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