Downtown Toronto Pipe Club

September 19th, 2014 by Eric

September Closer

The DTPC smoking season officially closed up with our September Smoker! It was nice to see such a big crowd — and we were certainly lucky with the weather: I think it was nicer and warmer than our meetings in July or August.

Mike Parks was kind enough to make the trek up from Bowmanville to present one of the raffle pipes to Jack DePoe. Below are some pictures of the pipes in their early stages:

The pipes in their original state.

After being blasted by various members of the DTPC.

Finally, the blasting having been finished and the pipes stained and stamped with "DTPC&LSPC".

If the weather forecast appears nice enough in October I’ll put out an email for a “flash mob” Smoker — but no promises!

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks Art Deco Set

In the last of our series, pipe maker Michael Parks spends a few minutes talking about something not directly pipe-related: the process of creating an Art Deco inspired seven-day set of cigar holders.

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks Tsunami

In the second installation of our Parks in the Workshop series (I just made that up now) we hear about the process of making the “tsunami pipe” for the Pipes and Tobacco Magazine museum.

September 9th, 2014 by Eric

Parks on Calabashes

In this video, recorded at our September BBQ, pipe maker Michael Parks discusses the art and technical challenges of the making of calabash pipes.


September 8th, 2014 by Eric

September BBQ: Recap

A whole lot of pipe smokers descended into Bowmanville for a smoke and food-filled event. We started the morning with coffee, traded pipes and tobacco, chatted, and listened to pipe maker Michael Parks talk about some past projects and the art and craftsmanship of pipe making.

A highlight was several of us trying our hand at sandblasting three pipes that were donated and raffled off. Mike will be finishing them off — including staining and stamping — and presenting them at our next smoker.

Thanks to everyone who came out, and especially the Lakeshore Smokestacks for all their work in helping to make this happen. Also a big thanks to Kevin and Julian from Victory Cigars and Mike Gluckler of Briar Blues who provided some great items towards the raffle!


September 2nd, 2014 by Eric

September Smoker

Our next Smoker is slated for Wednesday, September 17th at 7:30pm at The Raq(This could be our last one depending on how things look in October.) Look forward to seeing everyone there!

August 24th, 2014 by Eric

DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks Fall BBQ with Michael Parks

DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks would like to invite you to join us at the workshop of pipe maker Michael Parks for an event-filled day of smoking, eating and many other sandtastic activities. It will be a blast! (Okay, I’m done with the puns. Promise.)


10am – Meet and Greet + Buy, Trade or Sell (Coffee provided by us—you provide the greetings as well as the stuff you want to trade or sell. Bringing money is also a good idea from a buying perspective.)

Noon – Free BBQ Lunch catered by Buster Rhinos.

1pm – Presentation on the art of pipe making by Michael Parks.

2 pm – Blast and Raffle – Pay 10 bucks to get a turn at blasting a pipe for 5-10 minutes. We’ll raffle off the pipes and the winners will get a pipe that will be finished, stained (to your choice of colour) and stamped by Mike.

4 pm – Party is over. Get the heck out!

Note: If you want to ensure a place to park your posterior, we suggest bringing along a folding chair as we cannot guarantee an adequate amount of seats.


We will only be providing lunch to those who have done us the courtesy of signing up for the event in advance. (Lunch is free.)

To sign-up for this event and view location, please use the link below:

July 20th, 2014 by Eric

August Smoker

Egad. It’s almost August already. That means only about 3 smokers left for the season! On that mildly depressing note: Our next Smoker is slated for Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30pm at The RaqLook forward to seeing everyone there!

July 13th, 2014 by Eric

September BBQ

Mark a special spot on your calendars on Saturday, September 6th for an extra-special event: The DTPC and Lakeshore Smokestacks will be jointly-hosting a special BBQ at the workshop of the esteemed pipe maker Michael Parks. On the agenda will be the opportunity to listen to Mike talk about the art of making pipes, a BBQ lunch, a buy-sell-and-swap, and (in case you weren’t sure) the chance to hang-out, eat, drink and smoke with a myriad of like-minded pipe smokers.

All of this for the cost of merely showing up. More details to follow!

June 23rd, 2014 by Eric

July Smoker

So far this year the weather has been a bit fickle — it rained during the last two smokers (May and June) until about 7:45pm despite the forecast telling us “blue skies” or some otherwise woefully inaccurate information. But, then, luck ended up on our side: the remainder of the evenings stayed dry!

And despite the inclement weather we’ve managed to have more than a dozen people in attendance each time. So I doff my imaginary hat to the hardy souls who thumb their nose at the rain gods and come out for a smoke and good company.

Furthermore, we have now raised $730 for charity and the club. (I guess I’m gonna have to start planning a special DTPC Event to blow some of that dough!) There are only 3 pipes left up for grabs but still plenty of good tobacco that I’ll continue to bring out.

And on that note: Our next Smoker is slated for Wednesday, July 16th at 7:30pm at The RaqLook forward to seeing everyone there!