The Pipe Club of Lebanon
Publications of the Pipe Club of Lebanon
The Pipe Club of Lebanon publishes a biannual journal and brochures
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon
A Biannual Publication
Click on the journal issue to read (or right-click, Save Target As, to download).
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon, 3:1, August 9, 2009
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon, 2:2, September 15, 2008
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon, 2:1, May 25, 2007
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon, 1:2, September 30, 2006
The Journal of the Pipe Club of Lebanon, 1:1, May 15, 2006
Submissions should be
between 500 and 1500 words in length, in Word or text format,
original (i.e., not published elsewhere), and may contain
illustrations/photos (three illustrations/photos maximum, each
not larger than 50 Kb). Please send submissions to
(info at pipecluboflebanon dot org).
Click on the titles of the brochures to read (or right-click, Save Target As, to download).
► The Pipe Club of Lebanon's Pipesmoker Ranking System
From the Preamble: "There are ranking scales in all sports, be they physical or purely intellectual (chess and go, for example), and in almost all human endeavours (academic degrees, medieval artisan guilds, etc.) which govern the ways in which proficiency is measured for a particular skill or knowledge.
Similarly, a ranking system for pipesmokers will be seen as a fair estimate of the smoker’s abilities relative to others and, like all systems of skills and knowledge, will be indicative of a scale of experience, theory, and know-how.
Though all serious pipesmokers are equal as brethren of the briar, not all of them are born equal in smoking skills, knowledge, and history; in brief, not all of them are born equal in the lore of pipesmoking. This is natural and common to all acquired arts, and provides a personal incentive for learning more, for surpassing one’s own limitations and will ultimately lead to a richer enjoyment of pipe smoking.
Ranking systems will obviously vary across cultures and ages and, when following the general guidelines presented here, flexibility is to not only expected but also encouraged as it mirrors the true spirit governing the art of the pipe."
► The Pipe Club of Lebanon's Tobacco Sampling Sheet
After years of pipe tobacco smoking, and years of individual and communal sampling of new tobacco, the PCoLeb's members have issued what they think is a very complete, very clear, and very handy tobacco sampling sheet that covers a full smoking session from the moment the tobacco is between your hands until your pipe is finished and taking a well-deserved rest. All pre-smoking, smoking, and post-smoking stages are meticulously covered and preset options are provided for your convenience (note: this publication supersedes the old "Tobacco Testing" file found under "Tools." Please use the publication above instead).
NEW!! The Pipe Club of Lebanon's Tobacco Sampling Sheet in German and Romanian, along with the English version. Get the Microsoft Excel file here (courtesy of Christian Schneider and Stefan Dinescu-Craciun)
► The Pipe Club of Lebanon's Complete Pipe Mouthpiece Treatment
El Tratamiento Completo Para la Boquilla de la Pipa (courtesy of Pedro Romero-Auyanet)
This PCoLeb exclusive brochure will tell you everything you want to know about cleaning and restoring your mouthpieces using easily-available equipment. No more yellowish and greenish marks on your beautiful pipes! The Spanish version, courtesy of Pedro Romero-Auyanet, is also available.
► The Book of Shapes
The Book of Shapes is an exclusive creation of the Pipe Club of Lebanon; discover accurate artistic renderings of the most famous pipe shapes!
► The Way of the Pipe
El Camino de la Pipa (courtesy of Pedro Romero-Auyanet)
PCoLeb members have gathered what we think is the beginning of a "Way" of the pipe, a "lore" of pipe smoking. Pipe smoking is undoubtedly an art, and as such is more than just the mechanics of taking a pipe, filling it, lighting it, and puffing (see our tips section for this). While the mechanics are essential to good pipe smoking, we feel that "something more" is there, something waiting to be discovered and used. Taking our inspiration from the Maîtres Pipiers' initiation ceremonies at St Claude, France, and wanting to put down some thoughts on the art of pipe smoking, we offer this brochure to our readers. The Spanish version, courtesy of Pedro Romero-Auyanet, is also available.