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Welcome and thank you for visiting The Seattle Pipe Club

Where smoking isn't just allowed . . . it's mandatory !


The Seattle Pipe Club meets in Smokey Joe's Cigar Lounge in little ol' Fife.  Second Wednesday of every month.  So join your fellow pipe smokers!

Sure there's a statewide ban on smoking in public places! But the intrepid Seattle Pipe Club legally enjoys our tobacco on Puyallup Tribal land in the town of Fife.  Hey, did you know Fife in German means pipe?   Smokey Joe's provides a welcoming & relaxing atmosphere, with an excellent tobacco lounge, comfy leather chairs & sofas, tasty food, a gorgeous mahogany bar and refreshing beverages of your preference--including a grand selection of single malt Scotch.  Its Beautiful, baby!

Next Club Meeting:    Slow Smoke Contest SOLD OUT!  Get ready for the 14th Annual SPC Slow Smoke Competition Wednesday November 12th at the newly remodeled Smokey Joe's!  This is the Official US Western Division Championship Slow Smoke Competition.  Have you registered?  Sorry, too late.  Sign up early next year.   But you can be there to cheer for your favorite competitors as they slowly smoke to glory.  14th Annual Slow Smoke Competition 2014 - 11/12/2014   

And have you seen the spectacular & comfy remodel they did?  It's awesome.  More room than ever for the Club.  So mark your calendar!  Smokey Joe's welcomes the SPC's return with open arms, comfy seating, cold beverages and clean ashtrays.  Plus their legendary hospitality.  So join us if you are born to smoke a pipe.

December: The amazing Jim Lissner will celebrate his 93rd birthday at the December meeting.  Happy Birthday Jim.

About the Slow Smoke: November 12th is our fourteenth Annual Slow Smoke Competition.  The SPC's competition is the Western Regional contest for UPCA.  Winner goes to the Chicago Pipe Show to represent the Club and there are lots of terrific prizes.  So you can't lose.  And best of all, the Top 5 slow smoke times get engraved on the Club Trophy to be Immortalized for all Time.  Every competitor gets a competition pipe from Italian carver Molina valued at $75.  Only 15 places.   Check it out : 14th Annual Slow Smoke Competition 2014 - 11/12/2014

 2014 SPC Pipe of The Year by master carver Jack Howell.   Pipe orders are complete and will delivered at the November meeting.  What's this fabulous pipe like?   Says Chairman Rick Willoughby, "Stupendous."  Check it out for yourself - click here   SPC 2014 Pipe of the Year 
Bertrand Russell, the amazing Nobel Prize winner, a lifelong pipe smoker lived to 98 years old.  Indeed, he claimed he owed his very life to pipe smoking.  Listen to him and soak it in a bit.
Thank you Eric Boehm for this suggestion!
ANNUAL DINNER & AUCTION EVENT AMAZING!!!!  Its hard to think we can top ourselves each year but this was one for the record books.  It was truly a celebration of the club and our members.  Steve Fallon was outstanding and we are extremely appreciative to have this warm, Texas gentleman join us today.  The auctions were a stellar success...we humbly thank our generous donors and bidders.  Photos and comments coming soon!  Didn't make it?  Sorry friend, you missed the event of the year -- just ask anyone who attended. 
~~ANNUAL SLOW SMOKE NEW CHAMPION !   A new champion was crowned at the November 13th Slow Smoke.  Jim Westmoreland joins the Pantheon Of The Immortals as the winner of the 2013 Western Regional Slow Smoke competition.  This was Jim's first Slow Smoke but true greatness will prevail.  Jim bested 14 other smokers with an impressive time of 52 minutes 20 seconds.  Jim will represent the Club in Chicago next May and his name above the next 4 top place finishers on the Club's magnificent Trophy.  The next 4 finishers were Tom Wolfe (45:37), Roxi Willoughby (41:59), Rick Willoughby (41:45) and Jim Lissner (41:15).  Congratulations to Jim Westmoreland and all our competitors!   

Read All About It!   Have you taken a gander at the new Briar Meditations online periodical?  Written and Edited by SPC member Tom Spithaler, you'll find the stories, features and perspective refreshing.  The most recent article is on the newly announced SPC Pipe Of The Year from master carver Jack Howell.  Check out Briar Meditations - you'll be glad you did! 

Our champion went to the World Cup in Poland.

  Roxy and Rick Willoughby went to Poland to represent the Seattle Pipe Club in the International Slow Smoke Competition.   It has been one of our proudest moments to send our 2012 Slow Smoke Club Champion to the World Cup Slow Smoke in Poland.
Here are the results:
Roxy Willoughby placed 160th out of 293 with a time of 47:43.  Amazingly good!  She beat 133 other smokers.  Rick Willoughby scored a time of 40:36!  Also great!  This year was the first time UPCA was able to present 2 teams.  Team 1 placed 14th out of 77.  Team 2 placed 43 out of 77.  Overall winner:
  • Hans Sonderman of the Netherlands his time?  An astounding 3 hours, 5 minutes 56 seconds.  Our hats are off to Mr Sonderman!
  • Winning Team Corsellini Pipa Club Firenze with a team time of 7:16:14
UPCA results - our Fellow Americans!:
  • Chris Karas 1:36:38
  • Doc Garr 1:26:24
  • Andy Hamilton 1:10:57
  • Raymond Lykins 1:00:07
  • Roxy Willoughby 47:43
  • Rick Willoughby 40:36
So there you have it.  We came to play and our champions performed remarkably.  Jet lagged and their first competition overseas.  The SPC is simply proud of them for this historic event.  Thanks to Rick, Roxy, UPCA and of course to the donors who helped make this possible. 



  Announcing the RESULTS of the 2012 John Cotton Throwdown Sponsored by the Sutliff Tobacco Company   It was down to the wire in Chicago but Dick Silverman of Chief Catoonah Tobacconists took home the Grand Prize with his winning recreation of this 28 year old blend.  Our friend Steve Books, House of Calabash, finished a strong second and Leonard Wortzel of Lane Limited won the People's Choice award.  Read all about it on   And you can also read about it on Neill Roan's wonderful blog, A Passion For Pipes




Save 10% on our fantastic SPC blends now available locally at the Tacoma TinderboxStore owner Jeff Packer is stocking our blends in economical bulk.  Buy as much or as little as you want.  Plum Pudding & Mississippi River is in stock!  Tins are available by special order.  Visit the Tinderbox today and get your SPC tobacco.  And be sure to look at the Tinderbox's great selection of pipes, tobaccos, accessories and cigars!  SPC members get 10% OFF your purchases!!

And in the not too distant past...

Have you met the inimitable Clive Dunhill?  See his SPC presentation from 2011  click here to see SPC 2011 dinner videos  CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS 





Gary Schrier's latest books are 





New Feature:  KAPLAN'S POETRY KORNER.  100 year olde verse on tobacianna!  Delightful! 

Monthly Meetings

  • WHAT: Seattle Pipe Club -- regular meetings
  • WHERE: Smokey Joe's Cigar Lounge (high atop BJ's Casino)
    4411 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA 98424   tel (253) 922-0430
  • DIRECTIONS: Google Maps
  • WHEN: 7-9pm, 2nd Wednesday of the month (come early for good seats and enjoy the hospitality)


Join the club!
Membership dues: a paltry $25 per year. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings -- the dues are voluntary. But hey, c'mon! Show your love for the club and become a member!  Paid members support our club and get price breaks on pipes, tobacco and club events. Just show your card at the Tacoma Tinder Box, Kirsten's Pipes in the Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard or any of our online associates listed below.  All will discount merchandise to card-carrying members.

    For more information about membership in the Seattle Pipe Club click on Benefits in the main menu, on the right.

      The Seattle Pipe Club truly thanks these generous & talented donors for our annual auction.  We would not be half the club without friends like these.   Please support them and tell them the SPC sent you. 

      P. Zhan Pipes


      Peter Zhan is a noted custom pipemaker in China, software engineer, and photographer.

      Exotic Pipe Stands by Neal Yarm


      Exquisite craftsmanship designed pipe stands. 

      Talbert Pipes


      Artisan pipes representing the artistic creation of Trever & Emily Talbert.

      Old Nellie Pipes


      Handmade pipes by Joe Nelson

      Skoda Pipes


      ...where nature and design meet.

      Jopp Pipes


      Handmade pipes from Saxony, Germany

      Howell Fine Handmade Pipes


      Jack Howell is a custom pipemaker, father, university teacher, and clarinet player.

      Armentrout Pipes


      Pursuing the beauty and precision of classical shapes while adding touches of a modern and artistic aesthetic.

      Briar Blues


      Where service is not a luxury.

      Von Erck Classics


      Hand crafted pipes by carving legend Lee Von Erck


      Only the finest tobacco pipes and accessories

      The Pipe Tart


      Featuring pipe artists from around the world.



      Steve Fallon, "Largest Ebay pipe seller"  easy to deal with and gets the most for your pipe

      Kirsten Pipe Company


      Kirsten Pipe Company and FK Kirsten Tobacconist



      New pipes often hand picked and used always cleaned, reconditioned, and ready for you to smoke upon arrival.



      fresh pipes served daily

      Kramers Pipe & Tobacco Shop


      Tobacco Blended To the Individual Taste
      Since 1919, Beverly Hills

      Sutliff Tobacco


      America's Oldest Pipe Tobacco Company
      Setting the standard since 1849

      McClelland Tobacco Company


      A Tradition of Fine Craftsmanship in Tobaccos for the Pipe

      Missouri Meerschaum Company


      There's Nothing Quite Like
      A Genuine Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe



      The Best Thing To Happen To Cigars Since Fire



      Nashville's Premier Smoke Shop Since 1985


      Bottleworks in Seattle

      Distinguished Beers From Around the World



      Tobacconist Since 1979


      PIpe Tobacco, accessories & excellent service

      Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane Ltd.


      Discover their fine pipe tobaccos and little cigars.

      Tobacco Pipe Exports, LLC

      Retail and Wholesale Sales of Premium Quality Tobacco Pipes

      Cornell & Diehl


      Hand Blended Pipe Tobacco
      Made In the Carolinas

      Arango Cigar

      Arango imports and distributes cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco
      and other smoking accessories from around the world.

      Preferred Vendors

      Smokey Joe's Cigar Lounge in Fife

      Our own Gary Schrier's  latest books are available
      for your tobacciana library!!

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      SPC Blends Now In Stock! 
      10% Discount for SPC Members

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