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!
He won by a single puff!
Craig Watness, once again, wins the UPCA NW Regional Smoking contest, but this time he had real competition.
In what has to be the closest finish in a slow smoke, Craig Watness (6-time winner) beat out UPCA President, Tom Wolfe, by only 4 seconds. It was down to just one puff between first and second place.
It set out to be a great contest. Each contestant paid only $40 to enter, but went home with the contest pipe, a Salvatore Amorelli pipe worth $225. Then we had the prizes, which were the best we have ever had, including custom-made pipes, fancy pipe rests, and tobacco, all made by our own members. Every contestant went home with several prizes. (Thanks go to Lennea Wolfe for organizing the contest.)
Then we had the tobacco, SPC's own Potlatch, which was created by Joe Lankford. This year's batch was on the dry side, which made for very interesting times. Alex Hidalgo was first out, but nevertheless scored a respectable time of 26 minutes and 44 seconds. That's right, nobody went out in the first 25 minutes of the contest!
By the 44 minute mark, it was down to just three contestants, Craig Watness, Rick Willoughby, and Tom Wolfe. All three were at a small table back against a wall. As the clock showed 49 minutes, Rick sucked hard on his pipe, but went out 16 seconds later. It was down to just Tom and Craig.
Craig wasn't showing much smoke, so monitor George Bieda put a flashlight next to Craig's lips. There was still a trickle of smoke. Then it was Tom's turn. Monitor Richard Lawton asked Tom if he was still smoking. Tom produced one puff, but not a second one. All eyes turned to Craig, who managed a single puff and then was out. Craig had won!
Photos from the contest are available in our Photo Albums section.
Official contest times are listed in our Documents Section.
|Times for the top five contestants
| Craig Watness
| Tom Wolfe
| Rick Willoughby
| Jake Casberg
| Joe Irby
Broken Pipe. It is with a heavy heart and real sadness that I have to tell you our friend Milt Strasburg has died. Milt was part of the Seattle Pipe Club from the first days nearly 18 years ago. And what a great spirit and true pipeman he was. He was a friend to all of us and if anyone loved this club it was Milt. He was a fantastic guy to hang out with, share a bowl and talk all things pipe. He was a pillar of the club.
So many memories of our friend. Although Milt dearly loved Joe's SPC blends, I remember him as a guy never to let a tin of tobacco go to waste. At the Chicago shows he would sweep up any blends left on the Friday night dinner tables and was delighted to have bags full of free tobacco! He wasn't a snob and enjoyed almost every tobacco & pipe for whatever it had to offer. Milt was a fervent supporter of the SPC and fixture at every meeting, slow smoke, annual dinner, picnic and all club gatherings. Of course, he will be missed as I know he is right now by all who knew him. As you may know Milt has had a very rough road regarding his health for the past several years. God bless him and keep him.
DID YOU SEE THE AMAZING ARTICLE ABOUT SEATTLE PIPE CLUB BLENDS IN PIPESMAGAZINE.COM? Featuring Joe, the Club and all the fantastic SPC blends in Parts 1 & 2. PipesMagazine.com Article on SPC Blends
- 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)
Next Club Meeting: Thursday December 14th
First off, YES the meeting date is Thursday 12/14. You are not hallucinating. It is only changed this month because of a schedule conflict. All will be back to normal next month. You won't want to miss the December meeting of our Great Pipe Club. It's our annual Meerschaum Night. So bring your favorite Meerschaum and show it off as we celebrate the Christmas Season (oh yeah, we said Christmas!) We'll have a special Holiday beverage for all club members to enjoy. See and hang out with the most awesome pipe smokers in the USA (that would be us: the SPC!) We're just a bunch of folks who love our pipes & tobacco and the pleasure of being together. It's a winning formula. Come to Smokey Joe's as we enjoy Christmas season with Pipe Club! SPC tobaccos to sample (& purchase), maybe some nice snuff, pipes to buy or sell, a frosty cold adult beverage...what could be nicer? See you there!
2016 SPC Slow Smoke Contest Results
(Watch for the 2017 SLOW SMOKE to be held on November 8th!)
Slowest of All, our new champion is Rick Willoughby with a time of 1 hour 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Rick won the UPCA trophy, his choice of prizes and his name engraved for all eternity on the perpetual SPC slow smoke trophy. But let us not forget, he also receives an travel honorarium to represent us at the 2017 National Slow Smoke Championship during next year's Chicago Pipe Show.
We have the full results and more pictures in our News Section.
Join the club! Membership dues: still only 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, get to participate in the Club Pipe Of The Year and all Members Only club events.
For more information about membership in the Seattle Pipe Club click on Benefits in the main menu, on the right.
Pipe Club of London
The Seattle Pipe Club is proud to announce our affiliation with the renowned Pipe Club of London. Stay tuned for how you can join as an associate of this esteemed world famous pipe club!
The Seattle Pipe Club truly thanks the generous & talented donors to our annual auction and Slow Smoke contest. We would not be half the club without friends like these. Please support them and tell them the SPC sent you.