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  • 27 Mar 2015 12:50 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)

    New pipe club now forming in West Bend, WI...

    Smokes On Main at Smokes On Main

    Rule number one about Pipe Club... Tell everyone you know about Pipe Club!

    SmokesOnMain is proud to host The Main Street Pipers pipe club!

    Join the group for an informal meet and greet on Saturday, April 11th from noon until 3:00pm.

    The Main Street Pipers pipe club is a group of devoted premium pipe aficionados who will meet on the second Saturday of each month at SmokesOnMain - 2040 South Main Street.

    The group will be getting together for the first time on April 11th so that folks can get to know each other, discuss favorite pipes and blends and just generally have fun.

    Feel free to join us and bring your pipe smoking friends, the more the merrier

  • 05 Mar 2015 10:19 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)

    The 2015 US National Slow Smoke Competition will be held at 1pm on Sunday, May 3 at The Chicagoland International Pipe and Tobacciana Show (see 

    Contest Pipe

    Pipe made by Luigi Viprati


    • Bowl Height 55mm
    • Outside Diameter  45mm
    • Chamber Diameter  22mm
    • Chamber Depth  41mm
    • Weight  70g or 2.5 oz


    UPCA National
    Chicago 2015

    L. Viprati
    Hand Made Italy

    Contest Tobacco

    • The contest tobacco is Deception Pass, donated by the Seattle Pipe Club. The tobacco is a blend of English Virginias, Arcadian Perique, Black Virginia, Black Cavendish, and a touch of rare Turkish Orientals.  

    • The tobacco may be purchased from Seattle Pipe Club members or from Pipes and Cigars.

  • 18 Feb 2015 9:58 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)

    On November 12, 2104 the Seattle Pipe Club sponsored its 14th Annual Slow Smoke Competition or the Northwest Regional smoking contest.


      Champion, Craig Watness, with Seattle Pipe Club President, Matt Guss.

    RANK Competitor 

    1 Craig Watness
    2 Patrick Dennis 
    3 Tom Wolfe
    4 Kenton Bennett  
    5 Rick Willoughby
    6 Thoma Medchill
    7 Jim Westmoreland
    8 Mark Garin
    9 Brian Burke
    10 Jack Huster
    11 Mike Leach
    12 Kenneth Chambers 
    13 Bob Taylor
    14 Jim Lissner

  • 06 May 2014 3:13 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    The 2014 US National Pipe Smoking Championship was held May 4 at the Chicago Pipe Show. To view times, open the pdf file below:

    2014 Contest Time Record.pdf
  • 15 Jan 2014 11:49 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    On May 4 the national pipe smoking championship will be held. Here is the pipe we will use for the contest. A Luciano produced pipe designed by Cavicchi:

  • 18 Nov 2013 12:38 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)


    Two American Teams travelled to Poznan, Poland to compete in the 2013 World Club Pipe Smoking Championship held on October 13, 2013. Team A consisted of two-time national champion Chris Karas, national champion Raymond Lykins, and national champion Mike ‘Doc’ Garr. Team B consisted of Roxy Willoughby, the first female to win a regional championship; Rick Willoughby, Roxy’s husband who never before competed in a smoking contest; and Andy Hamilton. The contest pipe was a Mr. Brog and the contest tobacco was Captain Black


    Team A placed 14th out of 77 teams and was formally recognized at the prize ceremony as one of the top 20 teams. Individual times were:

    Chris                      1h  36m  38s

    Doc                        1h  26m  24s

    Raymond                 1h  00m  07s


    Team B placed 43rd. Individual times were:

                Andy                        1h  10m  47s

                Roxy                         0h  47m  43s

                Rick                          0h  40m  36s


    The Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze Team A of Italy came in first place with a combined time of 7h  16m  14s.. Hans Sonderman of the Dutch National Team had the best individual time with 3h 06m 56s. In the female division Erzsebet Sziber of the Kisvaros Pipaklub of Hungary came in with a winning time of 1h  20m  07s.


    At the annual meeting of the Comite International des Pipe Clubs (CIPC) a new president was elected. Cornelius Crans of The Netherlands replaces Alain Letulier as president of CIPC. Cor was also selected to be the CIPC representative to the 2014 Chicago pipe show. Mike ‘Doc’ Garr was elected as Vice-President of the Americas. Lebanon petitioned to become a member of the CIPC and was voted in as a new member. The 13th World Championship of Pipesmoking will be held October 12, 2014 in Cologne, Germany.


    A number of picture galleries of the all the events at Poznan can be found at


    Respectfully submitted,

    Mike ‘Doc’ Garr,

  • 21 May 2013 11:37 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    The results of the 2013 pipe club census can be found below as a .pdf file.
    Pipe Club Survey 2013 Results-2.pdf
  • 08 Apr 2013 3:34 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Greetings fellow pipe smokers!
    I am in charge of the nominating committee for the UPCA.  As our next meeting is coming up at the Chicago show on May 3rd: 
    it's time to come up with a slate of officers, for election. Please work with your members and get back to me with names
    to place in nomination for; President, Vice President and Secretary .

    Pete Prygelski
  • 16 Jan 2013 1:24 PM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)
    Remember that February 20 is International Pipe Smoking Day. Hopefully clubs can do something to celebrate the day. Also think about getting press for whatever event is planned to get the good word about pipe smoking out in the public. For more information on International Pipe Smoking Day go to
  • 04 Jan 2013 11:21 AM | Mike "Doc" Garr (Administrator)

    Wed Jan 2, 2013 11:56 pm (PST) . Posted by:

    "Glen C" glenclover

    It is with great sorrow that the North American Society of Pipe Collectors announces the passing of its longtime Secretary/treasurer Bill Unger. Bill passed away quietly on January 1, 2013 from complications of Leukemia.

    Many people remember Bill as the gray haired aging hippie manning the microphone through out a NASPC show calling out the names of Raffle winners. Others will remember him as the somewhat curmudgeonly guy at the NASPC table at other shows or in Pipe shops forever extolling the virtues of being a member of NASPC. But most of us will remember him as the friendly gracious pipe smoker who was always willing to chat about most any subject.

    However, Bill was much, much more. Coming to Columbus from Illinois in 1960, Bill attended Ohio State on a football scholarship. Though sidelined by a knee injury early in his career, Bill retained his scholarship, and did see some action under the legendary Woody Hayes. He received his BA, and MA in English from Ohio State, and became a lecturer in English at Ohio State. He then returned to the Chicago area, where he worked for Encyclopaedia Brittanica and met his lovely future wife Pam. Bill and Pam then returned to Columbus to pursue their respective doctorates. Always the quintessential hippie, he loved his folk music, especially Bob Dylan, and got great joy in talking tunes to those who'd listen.

    An accomplished author and editor, Bill operated the Acme Writing Company in Columbus for many years. He wrote the book As Individual as a Thumbprint: The Custom-Bilt Pipe Story. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pam, dog, Stanley, and more friends than can ever be imagined.

    Rest well Bill, and give our regards to Tracy Mincer.

    The North American Society of Pipe Collector's
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