Bear Graves

Bear Graves
Ron ‘Bear’ Graves was born in Landstuhl, West Germany (back when there was a West Germany) to parents who were serving in the US Army as psychiatric social workers. Shortly after returning stateside, Bear’s father joined the BIA as a social worker, which resulted in the family living on tribal land in Alaska and Arizona for the next ten years. It was in the former that Bear acquired his nickname; a village shaman told his father, through a translator, that his son’s totem was the bear, something that he had never encountered in a ‘gussak’ (a derisive term for the non-indigenous). The nickname stuck. After his honorable discharge from the US Army, Bear attended Arizona State for his undergraduate in business. It wasn’t until 1998 that Bear (in his words) “On a lark” entered a private medical college, graduating with a 3.96 GPA in 2002.

While Bear’s overly-gregarious nature made him a natural in sales, his passions for writing and pipes combined, which led to his eventual hire as a principle copywriter for Smokingpipes.com in 4/2005. Bear remained with SPC until 4/2010, after which he spent the next 41 months freelance writing for other sites and Pipes & Tobacco Magazine. Bear’s return to Smokingpipes.com found him with different responsibilities in the company; as a Media & Content Specialist. Bear’s interests include photography, technical scuba diving, spending as much time on his Harley as possible, and (of course) Viking hats.
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Briars: A Soldier's Story

Briars: A Soldier's Story

September 24, 2014 by Bear Graves
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Cheers Through the Years

Cheers Through the Years

August 15, 2014 by Bear Graves
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Meet Konstantinos Anastasopoulos

Meet Konstantinos Anastasopoulos

August 12, 2014 by Bear Graves
Interview: Micah Cryder of Yeti Pipes

Interview: Micah Cryder of Yeti Pipes

August 5, 2014 by Bear Graves
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In Praise of Perique

In Praise of Perique

June 24, 2014 by Bear Graves
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Pipes Around the World

Pipes Around the World

April 28, 2014 by Bear Graves
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Pipemaker Interview: Reicihi Ray Kurusu

Pipemaker Interview: Reicihi Ray Kurusu

March 20, 2014 by Bear Graves
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Pipes and the Southern Cross

Pipes and the Southern Cross

February 4, 2014 by Bear Graves
Interview Meet Roman Kovalev of Doctor's Pipes

Interview Meet Roman Kovalev of Doctor's Pipes

January 23, 2014 by Bear Graves
Traditional Mentorship - Is it a Pipe Crafting Anachronism

Traditional Mentorship - Is it a Pipe Crafting Anachronism

January 14, 2014 by Bear Graves
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