The multi-faceted author has written more than one thousand
articles on pipe smoking for numerous national and international
publications. From 1975 until 1989 he was the marketing consultant
for the largest retail tobacco chain in the United States and
is personally acquainted with most of the world’s individual
pipemakers and pipemaking companies.
The author has officiated at pipe-smoking championships
in the U.S., created the original National Pipe Carving Contest
in America, and has designed limited edition pipes for various
companies. He is a member of the Académie internationale
de la pipe and the honorary French pipe smoking society of the
Confrérie des Maîtres-Pipiers de Saint-Claude. In
1994 he was knighted by the International Tobacco Collegium as
Germany’s Pipe Knight of the Year.
A dedicated collector of smokiana, the author
began with a single pipe while in college; he now owns more than
2,000 pipes, many of which he smokes.