|Newsletter Amsterdam Pipe Museum
Old school tobacco retailers used to call October “the Pipe Month". The beginning of Autumn was the right time to bring attention to the pipe, enjoying the smoking fits perfectly with the dark evenings to come. Obviously, at the Amsterdam Pipe Museum it is pipe month every month, all year round. Yet the old, familiar slogan seems more than appropriate. This Newsletter focuses on the innovations and changes in our store. This time the news is targeted to the pipe-smoking customers, which does not mean that there is - as always - no news about the museum and exhibition. Happy reading!
Before the change of name is completely carried out, some time will pass. The city of Amsterdam is not easy in the licensing of publicity on the facade, so this will still take some serious debate. This is partly due to the advertising policy that actually asks to retrieve all texts from the facade. In any case, we hope that the combination of Amsterdam Pipe Museum and Amsterdam Pipe Shop contributes to a steady corporate identity.
In addition to a new name, we finally have a new street in front of the premises. Eighteen months ago the renovation on the quay walls started. After placing steel dams into the canal, digging up to five meters deep, eighteen feet long poles have been beaten into the soil as a foundation. Eventually, the workers left and new bricks form a smooth roadway. Museum and shop are easily accessible since early October. Now pedestrians walk the sidewalks again, it is a good opportunity for a critical look at the museum shop.
The assortment of Amsterdam Pipe shop
We assume as known that the assortment in modern pipes of Amsterdam Pipe Shop is unique in the Netherlands. With more than 2,000 briar pipes, our choice in briars is bigger than anywhere else in the country. What is new is that the assortment has been extended to the latest fashion trends. No less than 400 new pipes of various famous and lesser-known factories and workshops have been added to the drawers ! This number is more than the entire stock sales of the second-best assorted pipe shop, which is definitely worth mentioning. New pipes are included in almost the entire line of the assortment, with new provisions from England , Ireland , Germany , France and Italy. In some brands, such Genod , Lorenzo , Sommer and Amiel, we are the sole representative in the Netherlands. Besides briar we maintain our unique range of alternative materials: clays, ceramics and meerschaums.
The complete list of 35 brands that Amsterdam Pipe Shop carries is still best seen on our old website. You can read on the history of the factory in various articles on these brands.
Carvings by Paul Lanier
Lanier is the most talented carver of briar pipes in the second half of the twentieth century. Initially he started his career in Saint-Claude at the Butz-Choquin firm as a pipe designer. Soon he showed a talent for sculpting pipes which proved to become his passion. Lanier was taken everywhere to demonstrate the art of sculpting in briar. Even though he has now reached the advanced age of 82, Lanier can still tell enthusiastic about his visit to Japan, but also the numerous fairs where he performed his skills on behalf of his former employer Butz-Choquin. In 1983 Lanier started his own business specializing in unique carved pipes, often as an art object rather than a commodity. He made portrait pipes of famous contemporary and historical people. In the press he is best known for the portrait pipes of the ‘pipe smoker of the year’ and the ‘confrères des Maitres Pipiers’ (Companions of the Master Pipemakers). A huge series of his creations is presented in the Musée de la Pipe in Saint-Claude. Other popular themes by Lanier are sports, music and the fables of La Fontaine.
The curator of the Amsterdam Pipe Museum visited this artist recently and took this as an opportunity to acquire some examples of his work to the museum collection. We have chosen three objects that show the style of Lanier. See description and illustrations below. The unique Lanier’s portrait pipes are not to be expected on the market; perhaps once this gap can be filled.
Obviously, this generous pipe is also technically perfect. From his experience as a pipe designer Lanier knew well enough what an optimal draft in a pipe means and how a pipe gets a good balance. For the mounting of the stem he frequently appealed to the specialists at Butz-Choquin. A typical feature at this pipe stem is the insert of a piece of briar, which, suggested by Lanier, incidentally was applied to the more expensive Butz-Choquin pipes.
In general Lanier products are marked, although fairly unobtrusive, matching the modest nature of this artist. He used a stamp with his name written in calligraphic letters. In this way his creations will remain recognizable for posterity.
Amsterdam Pipe Museum inv. no. Pk 21.767
A surprising toucan
Quite unexpectedly, the pipe is well-balanced and comfortably in its use. You would expect this unusual shape is uneasy to handle and that the beak is just a tricky added element. However, the opposite is true. The long beak even adds to a good balance of the pipe. Obviously the total weight is substantial, definitely too heavy to smoke between the teeth. In that respect, it is definitely a decorative object and never smoked.
As with the previous pipe the stem is made of vulcanized rubber and came from Butz-Choquin. For this Lanier stayed always depending on his original employer. As usually the product is marked again on the lower end of the briar stem end with his name in calligraphy.
Amsterdam Pipe Museum inv. no. Pk 21.766
Unlike the two birds, this pipe has a large size with a bowl height of over nine centimetres. Again, it is a show piece of Lanier. His handwriting is to be recognized in the stout style and stylized detailing. To get additional depth, the artist has put a dark stain on the deeper parts of the skull. Despite its size, the pipe is well-balanced: the huge bowl is easy to handle with its rounded edges. You would nearly forget the weight.
In Saint-Claude, the production site of the pipe, the long blonde buffalo horn stem is of particular interest and even admiration. At this time this material fall into disuse. Just finding a solid piece of horn of this size is exceptional, especially with such a beautiful colour effect. Two bands in contrasting colour marks the transition from briar to horn. Again, the unobtrusive signature ‘Lanier’ in calligraphy letters is stamped as proof of its creator.
Amsterdam Pipe Museum inv. no. Pk 21.765
Two new tobaccos
There has been uncertainty about the Dunhill tobaccos, traditionally favoured by the smoker who prefers a spicy flavour. Sometimes on the market, sometimes not. Fortunately, to everyone's delight, Dunhill is now regular available for over a year. This line has recently been expanded with the re-introduction of a blend that has been away for years: Dunhill London Mixture. Unlike the year tobacco by Larsen, this is a fully English tobacco blend, in other words a more serious taste, not dominated by added flavourings. The key ingredients are a matured Virginia and Oriental tobacco, giving a soft and round taste. With this relaunch Dunhill makes a bridge to the milder tobaccos. The price is 15 euros per tin.
Exhibition of briars
Unlike the House of Orange exhibition which ran until mid-August, the Merits from Saint-Claude is a mini exhibition. We decided not to do exhibitions any more in the store, but in the hall beyond. This means that our exhibits are smaller, easier to change and with a shorter storyline. At the same time these expos should still create a nice publicity.
November guided tours
The smoke evening as corporate or family outing
Amsterdam Pipe Museum & Shop in the social media
Our page on Trip Advisor is perhaps even more fun to read. This page is only filled by people who have visited the museum or the museum shop. They give an impression of what they experienced. Fortunately, the messages are very positive. Take a look at how others have experienced their visit to the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Follow the link
Link of the month
This time we guide you to a merry website with the most extraordinary portraits of pipe smokers, only women. Dive into the archive for the most beautiful lady portraits in stunning situations, all with a tobacco pipe! Have fun with pipelovin'ladies.
New in this line is the contemporary version with a coloured bowl resembling beautifully veined marble. With a small bowl and over-all lenght of 19 cm. these elegant pipes are most suitable as ladies pipes. As an encouragement we offer these pipes to lady customers for 50% of the original price, so now for only € 65,-.
Both offers are valid until November 15 and of course the availability. Unlike we used to do, you can not post-order these pipes. You are welcome to get them from Amsterdam Pipe Shop.
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|No. 20 - October 2013|