Unbreakable Ashtray

There are cheap ones, old ones, elegant ones, expensive ones, works of art, as much as true examples of bad taste, but most ashtrays are easily breakable. My new ashtray acquisition is made out of bronze.

Celebrate Like it’s 1909

Every second Tuesday of the month we meet, smoke our pipes and share either our tobacco - often newly discovered beauties for the nose and palate - or share the aesthetics of a pipe we love or have just acquired, while some might bring pipes, tobacco and accessories to sell as well. One of the members [...]

Opinion and Criticism I

If we nose these perfectly shaped sticks of rolled leaves before we light them; if we toast their feet before we let them burn; if we carefully mind the fire to start an even burn and attentively observe how the ash develops; if many of us – at times with competitive spirit – try to [...]

Revised and Cleared Why

Life is propelled by and extended through hunger, as much as it is supported by the activities that subside or consume hunger and by the joy experienced through them. Life becomes liveliness when we learn to please our palate and our mind and understand that our existence is not merely biology, but predominantly metaphysical. As [...]

A Dutch Family

For centuries the Dutch have understood to produce, handle and enjoy plants and spices, as well as utensils for their usage. This little family in my collection exemplifies one of their fields. Gouda is not just a famous cheese, but home to the Royal House of Goedewaagen which has been making smoking products since 1610 and to Zenith van [...]

Introducing my Leica IIIc from 1949

For years and years I have been driven to freeze moments and fractions of moments. An artist aims not always at creating, but at times to conserve. In 1985 I prepared for my very first trip on my own and for the first time into an unknown destination. Nothing seemed more self-evident to me than the [...]

Long Oval Shank Canted Pear by Ed Burak

Herewith I welcome a new acquisition into my modest collection of pipes. Modesty is relative, being happy is not. According to the information I have acquired so far, when Edward Burak bought the Connoisseur Pipe Shop in 1968 he sold his pipes without any markings on them. No dots, no logos, no numbers, no letters. It [...]

Ceramic Pipe

In Gouda, Holland, there has been a long tradition of pipe making out of clay. It all started with the factory of the firm Zenith through Pieter van der Want in 1749, as he became master pipe maker of the Gouda pipemakers' guild. The life of the company stretches in succession from father to son over eight [...]

1949 and 1950

In 1949 Leica produced this Camera - the Leica Leitz IIIc. The next year GBD (Ganneval, Bondier, Donninger) celebrated 100 years of pipe making with this Century 1625 model. Just eight years later I was produced. Today I enjoy and work with these German and British masterpieces.