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“. contented saturnine human figures, a dozen or so of them, sitting around a large long table. Perfect equality is to be the rule; no rising or notice taken when anybody enters or leaves. Let the entering man take his place and pipe, without obligatory remarks; if he cannot smoke. let him at least affect to do so, and not ruffle the established stream of things.”

-Thomas Carlyle, describing the smoking room of George I of Hanover

“Tobacco smoke is the one element in which, by our European manners, men can sit silent together without embarrassment, and where no man is bound to speak one word more than he has actually and veritably got to say. Nay, rather every man is admonished and enjoined by the laws of honor, and even of personal ease, to stop short of that point; and at all events to hold his peace and take to his pipe again the instant he has spoken his meaning, if he chance to have any.”

“It is not enough to fill a pipe and put it to the mouth and set fire to it, for even the country bumpkin knows as much. It is only correct to hold it with the left hand, have the right hand provided with the stopper, impress the onlookers with majestic mien, sit in the proper attitude on the chair, and finally, to take enough time for each pipe and not treat with hasty irreverence this heavenly food.”

-Peter Burmann on pipe etiquette, c. 1710

I’d like to thank Dave Neeb for being my April Pipe Maker of the Month. To see more of Dave’s pipes visit his web site at: http://www.mkelaw-pipes.com.

This year, as in past years, this is the quietest week of the year here at Pipe Makers Emporium. I attribute this to the preparation for the Chicago Show, as my customers, novice, professionals, and master pipe makers scramble to finish their works of art, in hopes to display them proudly at the largest Pipe Show in the US.

Last year I experienced Chicago first hand; I found it to be incredibly exciting. I had the opportunity to meet pipe makers, customers, vendors, suppliers and collectors for the first time. It gave me a real sense of belonging to one big Pipe Making Family.

Here is an article I found written by Rainer Barbi that really sums up the magic of the Chicago Show:

German star carver Rainer Barbi on the Chicago Pipe Show:

Call me a dinosaur, call me barbi-que. I just have to admit that I love shows. I simply adore these monster events, when hundreds of people gather together in an almost na�ve spirit of fun, beaming as they share their passion, forgetting daily life to dive into the world of their desires.

Showtime – when the doors open in the evening, armies of enthusiasts storming the rooms, masculine hands gripping Budweiser cans as they inspect the briar jewels on display. The air vibrates, men become kids – you can hear their hearts beat, as even the toughest negotiations are transformed into feverish play.

No stress, no haste, no cramped business gestures. Buying and selling become side effects of something bigger. Who cares whether we struck a bad deal today? Doesn’t matter. A new sun will rise tomorrow and luck will be on our side. And that’s the only important thing: to have fun, to give and to receive pleasure. And in this spirit, the show flows towards its end. The battle fought and won together, buyers and sellers, collectors and swappers settle down in the relaxing atmosphere of an evening dinner for one last passionate exchange of ideas – and the firm pledge that this show must go on.

God Bless Chicago!

This article was found at: Pfeifenbox

I wish each of you this kind of spirit as you head to Chicago; enjoy and be safe.

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Post by LatakiaLover » Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:04 pm

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Post by oklahoma red » Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:26 am

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Post by LatakiaLover » Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:25 am

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Post by Joe Hinkle Pipes » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:23 am

Just got an email from them this morning.

OK guys and gals, I need to let you in on a rather painful subject that needs to be mentioned.

Due to personal health issues, we are forced to sell Pipe Makers Emporium. So, if anybody is interested in buying our business, please tell me of your interest.

We have a Confidentiality Agreement that will need to be signed and a small refundable deposit given ($1000) to separate the merely curious looky-loos.

We will be selling everything . inventory, equipment, customer list, supplier list, 30 years of good will, non-compete agreement from us, web site, etc. etc

(The customer and supplier lists will only be provided at actual time of sale.)

We will share last years sales and income statement to qualified investors.”

Carolyn & Pipe Makers Emporium Ownership

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Post by Ratimus » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:48 pm

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Post by PremalChheda » Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:28 pm

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Post by Vermont Freehand » Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:38 pm

I hope everyone at PME is OK, always sucks to hear friends having to have major life changes due to health issues, I for sure have had my bouts with health issues this year but have managed to change some things and get used to the differences in a weaker body.

Their closing has nothing to do with my success, there are many products or prices that they have that I don’t and vice versa, that’s what makes it sustainable for all of us suppliers, we leave enough room for each other.

Since my business has done so well, I have minimal interest in buying a business that is inferior to mine, but it’s intriguing, just don’t want to pay $1,000 to hear their price for everything. But that gives me an idea, if anyone wants to pay me $1,000 then I will tell you what I would sell my business for. any takers? (fair warning, it will be quadruple what it’s really worth).

I wouldn’t be surprised if other suppliers choose to close their doors soon. but have no fear, Vermont is here .

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Post by caskwith » Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:03 am

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