Eric's beginnings with Smokingpipes.com started in 2009 with data entry and quality control, where his appreciation for pipes grew and eventually merged with his creative writing talent. He has since written and edited vast tracts of content for both our website and newsletters, and helped show our younger copywriters the ropes when they've joined us. Eric is another member of our New Jersey faction (he "attended the same high school Lee Van Cleef dropped out of"), and is a fan of Latakia, Semois, strong cigars, and silence. In his own words, "Animals usually adore me, women with any sense of humor giggle school-girlishly at me, and men I grew up with still want to know what I could have possibly been thinking."
Drucquer & Sons is a name with a long, long history, stretching back to 1841. That isn't what concerns us though. Don't get me wrong, it's nice and all that D&S was around for so long, but our main concern comes later... much later. ... Read More
Alex Florov has spoken to us before about influences and other master-pipemakers whose work he admires, but there's another pipemaker relevant to discussions of Alex Florov pipes. Specifically, an artisan who is relevant because the two share some history as artisans. ... Read More
In the first part of the interview we discussed some of Alex Florov's background and explored some of the similarities between his works and that of Maigurs Knets. This continuation will discuss Alex's thoughts on other modern pipe makers and hint at his plans for the future. ... Read More
When Sykes visited the Radices with Luca di Piazza in 2010, the first things Luigi personally showed off to them (after finishing the work he was in the middle of when they arrived) were not the highest-graded pipes at hand, but those Gigi happened to find the most interesting results of his tinkering ... Read More
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