Billie W. Taylor II, Ph.D.

Woodstock THE SMOKE


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The value of pipe #535 is 20 points.

Ah! The rewards of collecting pipes despised by most smokers! The legendary Bert Bruning, owner of the Palm Desert Tobacconist for many, many years, found a cache of Venturi, Inc. pipes from way back when in his shop. He contacted me by E-mail and offered to sell me the lot - 23 pipes altogether. (It turned out to be 22 after he decided to keep one to smoke himself.) We made the deal and he sent me all these never-smoked pipes. After he sent me the package, he wrote again to ask to buy one of them back because he was enjoying the one he kept so much. Since the one he wanted back was one with literature I offered to sell him an identical un-smoked pipe from my collection and again a deal was made. These pipes are all factory fresh except THE SMOKEs which have all been thoroughly reconditioned and are like new. Twelve of the 22 joined the collection as new or better examples of the shape/color and the other ten are offered on the Pipes for Sale page. This is one that was over-painted in its original Blue and is for sale. Rob Staton saw my article in the Fall 2005 Pipes & Tobaccos magazine and decided to try one - this one.