Calebash pipe on show

28 October 2021

Calebash pipe on show

In anticipation of the Amsterdam Museum Night at the beginning of next month, posters for this event are being pasted on the publicity signs. We are proud that Sherlock Holmes' famous calabash pipe is clearly on display. It is special that such a daily consumer item like the gourd has become an icon for pipe smoking. Though it's not entirely clear whether the younger generation still has this association. In any case, a nice advertisement for the Amsterdam Pipe Museum. Let's hope that the N8 will be well visited in these uncertain Corona times.

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End of a pipe guild

22 October 2021

End of a pipe guild

Since about 1900 there has been a flourishing club life in the Netherlands of pipe smokers who meet each other monthly to smother a pipe. But times are changing, so where can pipe smokers gather these days? In your own garden, yes, but further? As a result, some clubs, named guilds in the south of our country, have gradually disappeared into thin air. The Brabant Pipe Smokers Guild is one of them. Ruud van Scheijndel, former Guild Master, was kind enough to donate his club archive and personal smoking accessories to the museum. During the transfer he turned out to be full of memories and stories, which we shared pleasantly. Thank you for this special donation! In future the competition pipes and other objects will be proof of a pleasant guild life that unfortunately perished in the anti-smoking campaign.

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Visit to the new Big Ben factory

17 October 2021

Visit to the new Big Ben factory

The Gubbels company, known for the Big Ben pipes, moved again last year. In current times when the pipe is no longer a common thing you see daily in the streets, it is logical that a pipe factory reorientates itself. Koninklijke Pijpenfabriek Elbert Gubbels from Roermond has moved into a new location where all activities fit perfectly. After forays into electronic smoking and other by-products, the focus is now completely back to basics: designing and making good quality briar pipes, just like it started three generations ago. Director Elbert Gubbels welcomed us with justifiable pride in his new business premises near Roermond (the German border) with an area of no less than three thousand square meters. A building with sufficient space for the production line, storage of goods and a fine show room.

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