The Pipe Club of Lebanon
18/2/2017: The 10th International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) Celebration at the PCoLeb
Warm greetings to all pipesmokers from the co-creators of the IPSD!
20/2/2016: The 9th International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) Celebration at the PCoLeb
A warm salute to all pipesmokers of the world from the co-creators of the IPSD!
21/2/2015: The 8th International
Pipe Smoking Day celebration at the PCoLeb
As co-creators of the IPSD in 2008, we are proud, once again, to raise our pipes in honour of the noble art of pipesmoking.
A friendly salute to all pipesmokers of the world!
12/10/2014: The PCoLeb participates in the 13th World Championship in Pipesmoking in Cologne, Germany
Patrick, Fares, Paul, and Salim at the 13th World Championship in Pipesmoking in Cologne, Germany, October 12, 2014
The competition's pipe, made by
Gigi, and the tobacco, Germains
The competition hall
22/2/2014: The 7th International Pipe Smoking Day celebration at the PCoLeb
From left to right,
standing: Marc, Tarek, Issam, Mohamad, Harvey, Paul, George,
Patrick, Fares; sitting: Peter, Antoine, Oliver
With the ladies
23/2/2013: The 6th IPSD celebration at the PCoLeb
Lots of food, drink, and smoke, as usual!
18/2/2012: The PCoLeb celebrates the fifth International Pipe Smoking Day
19/2/2011: The PCoLeb celebrates the fourth International Pipe Smoking Day!
This year's IPSD was held
at Paul's house. Snacks and refreshments were served, and the club
members, as they were savouring prime tobacco in their pipes, went
over the year's achievements and brainstormed about things to do
26/9/2010: Pedro Romero-Auyanet's stamps for the Pipe Club of Lebanon
Another welcome goodie from Pedro, our dear member from Canarias:
25/9/2010: The Formosa Pipe Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is holding its 3rd anniversary
Details in this poster:
20/2/2010: The PCoLeb celebrates the third International Pipe Smoking Day!
11/10/2009: The PCoLeb participates in the World Cup in Pipe Smoking in Debrecen, Hungary
Paul Jahshan, Salim Khoury, Marc Haddad, and Richard Chammas represented the Pipe Club of Lebanon in Debrecen, Hungary, at the World Cup in Pipe Smoking organized by the CIPC (Comité International des Pipe Clubs) along with more than 250 participants from all over the world. Although the scores were below what we expected to do (Paul: 24 mins, Richard: 25 mins, Marc: 34 mins, and Salim: 40 mins), we were told by the organizers that, since 1969, we are the first and only club from the Middle East/North Africa to participate, so that's an honour enough, regardless of our times! Below are some photos of the event.
Competitors get ready in the Golden Bull Hotel's lobby
A fellow participant from Denmark was kind enough to allow us to take his photo in full regalia
The Four Musketeers!
The competition room a few minutes before the start
9/10/2009: The PCoLeb participates in the Académie Internationale de la Pipe's annual conference at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest
Paul Jahshan, as a new member of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe, was invited to participate in an academic conference on pipes (the history, excavations, and design of clay, meerschaum, and briar pipes) to be held at the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest, October 7-10. Other members of the PCoLeb registered for the conference: Salim Khoury, Marc Haddad, and Richard Chammas, along with Paul's wife, Raymonda. The conference included the presentation of papers (Paul's paper was entitled "The Changing Representations of Tobacco and Pipe Smoking in the Old and New Worlds between the 17th and 19th Centuries"), visits to museums, a guided tour of Blaskovitch Museum, about 100 kms from Budapest, and a trip to Debrecen, 200 kms from Budapest, to attend the opening of the World Cup in Pipe Smoking on October 11. Our host and conference organizer, Dr Anna Ridovics from the National Museum, did a wonderful job, and made everybody's stay so much more fruitful and enjoyable.
On a bridge above the Duna (Danube) with Pest on the right, and Buda on the left (hence, Buda-Pest!)
A view of the Palace in Buda
The Parliament in Pest
A street in Buda
Pipes in the Blaskovitch Museum
Pipes in the Debrecen Museum
Paul being formally accepted as a member of the AIP at the Hungarian National Museum along with other new members
In a restaurant in Budapest
Same as above, with members of the AIP
The Hungarian National Museum, where the conference was held
One of hundreds of meerschaum pipes on display in the Hungarian National Museum
Paul reading his paper at the conference, with Dr Ridovics seated on the left
Outside the conference room
Enjoying giants mugs of beer in Budapest!
20/2/2009: The PCoLeb celebrates the second International Pipe Smoking Day!
On this second year of the IPSD, the meeting and dinner were held at Fares' place. After a presentation on Peterson pipes and a discussion of the coming publications and activities of the PCoLeb, pipes were lit and various fragrant aromas quickly filled the place. When, much later, visibility was regained, food was promptly ordered and voraciously taken care of. Then time came for another round of discussions on sundry matters, punctuated by the cracking of matches as pipes were relighted. All present raised their pipes to their overseas brethren and sisters and wished the best to all lovers of the briar.
(from left to right: Harout, Tarek, Elie, Oliver, Paul, Marc, Salim, Fares, and Jihad)
23/2/2008: The PCoLeb celebrates the first International Pipe Smoking Day!
Drinks and dinner were served at Paul's house on Saturday, February 23, in celebration of the first-ever IPSD. Pipes were then promptly removed from their boxes and leather cases, and heavy tobacco smoke, ranging from English mixtures to sweet aromatics, soon filled the sitting room. A brand new box of W. O. Larsen's "Old Fashioned Pipe Tobacco" was opened by Elie Seif and went the round of appreciative comments. Pipes were raised (see photo #2 below) to the pipesmoking brother/sisterhood, wherever they may be, and new projects were discussed, among them a book (details are still kept secret!) and upcoming brochures. All members wish their best to all pipesmokers and are looking forward to next year's celebration!
(from left to right: Fares, Elie, Salim, Oliver, Jihad, Rick, Paul, Gihad, Tarek, and Marc)
20/1/2008: The International Pipe Smoking
Day is officially part of every
After months of hard work, the Pipe Club of Lebanon, the
Forum (http://www.smokersforums.org/), the
Other than having a day in the year "just for us," the International Pipe Smoking Day (IPSD) will also be the occasion when the ancestral and much-revered traditions of pipe raising and tobacco exchanging are practiced.
Indeed, we are asking that all pipesmokers raise their pipes on February 20th in a symbolic gesture of brotherhood and sisterhood with all other pipesmokers in the world, thus expressing the peaceful, pacifist, generous, and tolerant principles of true pipesmoking. We are also asking that pipesmokers kindly send, within their abilities, a symbolic token consisting of a few pinches of tobacco to other pipesmokers or other pipe clubs in the world. In order to strengthen the bonds between pipesmokers, we encourage this symbolic gesture to be directed at as distant or less-known clubs as possible. Finally, we are asking that pipesmokers use February 20th to meet with like-minded persons and engage in discussions related to the lore of pipesmoking. In a word, let this be our day!
A webpage has been created for the IPSD at http://www.ipsd.eu/ and the pdf version of the announcement can be found below.
The International Pipe Smoking Day Brochure
New! Pedro Romero-Auyanet has just created the following wallpapers in commemoration of the IPSD. Click here to download the full set!