By Rick Newcombe

If you like pipes as much as I do,then make plans now to be in Las Vegas Nov.6-7 for the second annual West Coast Pipe 18l新利官网Show.

By traveling west of the Mississippi,you get a whole different group of collectors from nearly every other pipe 18l新利官网show.That means many different pipes for buying and trading - pipes you are not likely to see at other 18l新利官网shows.It also means making new friends and meeting up with many veterans of our hobby.

This is aSMOKING 18l新利官网in every sense of the word.There will be pipe smoking in the exhibit hall,in the dining room,at the casinos and in the bars and restaurants.

This is only our second 18l新利官网show.Last year was a phenomenal success for a first West Coast Pipe 18l新利官网Show,with more than a hundred tables filled with pipes and pipe-related things and some of the best pipe makers in the world,includingPaolo Becker,Luigi Viprati,J.T.Cooke,Jeff Gracik,Todd Johnson,Brad Pohlmann,Bob Swanson,Bruce Weaver,Bob Kiess,Adam Davidson,Will Purdy,Michael Lindner,Paul Perri,Jon Rinaldi,Charles Cole,Michael Parks,Joe Skoda,Chris Brunton,Steve Morisette,Ryan QuagliataandRon Fairchild,among others.

Many collectors told me last year that they were interested in seeing a West Coast Pipe 18l新利官网Show,but they wanted to wait before attending one to see what the turnout was like at the first 18l新利官网show.I can't tell you the number of people who have said that this year,they are coming to Vegas!

The 18l新利官网show is the brainchild of Steve O'Neill,who is ably assisted by veteran Marty Pulvers.I had always vowed never to get roped into putting together a pipe 18l新利官网show,but Steve and Marty were very persuasive,and this 18l新利官网show reminds me of Chicago in the early days,where the momentum is clearly building.

But as fast as we are growing,it is important to us to maintain the feel of the 18l新利官网shows of old.Many collectors commented last year that the 18l新利官网show was very friendly and not too big,so they could take more time and visit with the pipe makers and other experts in the field.

We do not anticipate having buyers from other countries bringing bricks of hundred dollar bills to buy out all the new pipesbefore you can even see them,as happened at one 18l新利官网show recently.It certainly was great for a handful of pipe makers,but I did hear some of their regular customers complain.I am not criticizing this new development because I see both the positives and negatives.I am simply saying that we do not anticipate having these mega-buck buyers fly in from China,Russia or other countries.

The lectures will start off with pipe makerBob Swansonat 11:30.There will be a talk and book signing by the noted pipe author Gary Schrier of Seattle,who wrote the bestselling book,"Confessions of a Pipeman," and who is publishing some extremely rare old English pipe catalogues.

There will be a talk by noted 18l新利官网tobacco blender Russ Ouellette,with plenty of free samples.

At the banquet dinner,the featured speaker is the brilliant Dr.Fred Hanna,who has written extensively on the joys of pipe smoking.Fred is not afraid to spark controversy and debate,and he is always interesting,fun and challenging.

Remember — there will be pipe smoking at all the meetings!

Gary Schrier

Bob Swanson

Gary Schrier

Gary Schrier

Russ Ouellette

Russ Ouellette

Dr.Fred Hanna

Dr.Fred Hanna

We chose Las Vegas for many reasons but primarily because it is so easy to get into and out of— and it is a place where you might want to take off a few days for some R&R with your friends or family.Longtime collector Gary Humphrey and his wife and whole family will be traveling from Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.What better place to do that than at a spectacular pipe 18l新利官网show?!Gary will be totally content at the Las Vegas 18l新利官网shows and all the other family events during their week-long stay because he will be smoking his favorite pipes and mingling with old and new friends to his heart's content during the two days of the pipe show.

The hotel rooms are reasonably priced.For special West Coast Pipe 18l新利官网Show room rates,call the Palace Station Hotel & Casino: (800) 634-3101,or visit the hotel's website

Exhibitor tables at the 18l新利官网show are $95 each.In order to be guaranteed a table(s) at the 18l新利官网show,contact Steve O'Neill at the address below.All tables must be paid in full no later than September 30,2010.Earlier reservations would be greatly appreciated,as we anticipate selling out because there is so much buzz about this exciting 18l新利官网show.Tickets are also available for our Saturday Night Awards Dinner,where we will be featuring a wonderful Italian buffet.The dinner price is $55.

On Friday Night,there will be a special Poker Tournament.If you want to participate,please sign up now because seating at the poker table is limited.

For table reservations or any other information,please contact:

Steve O'Neill:
956 E 800 South
Lewiston,Utah 84320
Telephone: (435) 258-5431

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!If you like pipes as much as I do,you won't want to miss this incredible 18l新利官网show.

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5 Responses to "The Second Annual West Coast Pipe 18l新利官网Show"

  1. fred said:

    Thanks Rick!What a fun event and your article was great at
    bring the fun to those of us who didn't make the 18l新利官网show.

  2. krgulick said:

    From what I have seen here and elsewhere on this site,it will be well worth it to pony up the entrance fee and,if nothing else,just do a little walk about.You never know what will come home with you or who you will see.

  3. cortezattic said:

    It sounds like Vegas is going to be the Western Pipe Mecca for years to come.And a bit more attractive because of the lack of smoking restrictions.

  4. Kevin said:

    That's just one of the many things I love about Vegas.You can smoke just about anywhere.Sin City is my kind of town.

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