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Local Connoisseur Appreciates Art Of Good Pipes

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RALEIGH, N.C. — What do Sherlock Holmes, Clark Gable and Gen. Douglas MacArthur have in common? They were all deeply attached to smoking pipes. One local collector says he enjoys the art of a good pipe.

Dayton Matlick has so much admiration for pipes that he publishes a magazine about them. His magazine,

Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

, includes features on the famous people who smoke pipes.

"They come from all roads of life," he said.

Matlick has a vast collection of pipes, many from places around the world. He also has a pipe that commemmorates the events of Sept. 11.

"[It] typifies the two towers and the destruction," he said.

Matlick, who is not even a smoker, said while all of his pipes can be smokes, he said none of them ever will be used.

"These pipes won't get smoked. These are very special," he said.

Pipes can sell for between $20 and $10,000. Pipes, cigars, humidors and other smoker accessories will be available at the Pipe and Cigar Expo. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Holshouser Building at the State Fairgrounds. Custom blended tobaccos from around the world, pipe makers and pipe trading will be available.


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