Association of the Czech Republic pipe clubs
Name: Jakub Rolčík
Phone private: +420-734-331-321
List of Pipeclubs here
Czech Republic has a long and rich history in pipe smoking and everything associated with it, and the Czech pipe culture is on the rise ! In organized pipe smoking, the leading entity – and current representative in CIPC – is the Association of the Czech Republic pipe clubs (“Asociace dýmkařských klubů České repubiky”).
Czech pipe making history
Leaving aside pipe “prehistory”, the beginning of Czech pipe tradition is usually dated to 17th century, after the Thirty Years’ War, when the Habans (western Anabaptists seeking safety in Moravia and Slovakia) brought the art of making glazed clay pipes. Since 18th century, porcelain pipes were produced in high numbers, mostly in western parts of Czech kingdom. Wooden pipes were produced as well, mostly made of the various kinds of fruit wood – until the briar era. Best known production area of briar pipes is town Proseč u Skutče and its surroundings. At the end of the WW I, at least 200 pipe makers produced wooden pipes there, in workshops or small manufactures. In 1945, the production was centralized to a large factory, which (despite changes of names, as well as political regimes) still exists and produces and exports pipes in large numbers as BPK s.r.o. After the Velvet revolution, smaller producers began their enterprises. Of the manufactures, brands Jan Pipes (Jan Klouček) and Jirsa pipes (Oldřich Jirsa) are known worldwide. Other remarkable Czech pipe makers are Karel Krška, Pavel Hodula, Přemysl Omrt or Pavel Háp. Mostly thanks to the pipe making “workshops”, organized by Jan Klouček, many amazing pipe makers appeared after year 2007. Well known are Michal Novák, Petr Vobořil, Radek Jůza, Petr Libora, Petr Pohludka or Petr Kučera, but other promising pipe makers produce great pipes as well.
Tobacco growing and trade in Czech Republic
First significant tobacco farming in Czech lands is usually dated to the 17th century, as the tobacco became popular during and after the Thirty Years’ War. Since 1701, the tobacco production was monopolized, until the end of 1990, when the tobacco production was privatized again. Well-known factory Phillip Morris still exists in Kutná Hora, although it produces mostly cigarettes. Despite several temporary tobacco growing bans, tobacco farming endured in Czech Republic until 1994. Czech pipe tobacco market is surprisingly rich in selection; mostly thanks to the Czech based international pipe and tobacco import-export company Mostex. Thus the pipe smoking remains popular, despite extreme price increase related to the entry into EU in 2004.
Pipe clubs in Czech Republic
Despite the modest population of circa 10 million, there are dozens of pipe clubs in Czech Republic, big and small, uniting hundreds of pipe smokers, in two national associations. Most of them are members of the Association of the Czech Republic pipe clubs (current representative of Czech Republic in CIPC) with circa 37 member clubs, including the largest Czech club – “pipE-club Dýmka.net” with circa 265 members by itself. Czech pipe clubs are very active in the pipe smoking competitions, home and abroad alike. In Czech Republic, there are circa 10 annual competitions organized by the members of Association, two of them with average participation around 100 competitors. Several other competition are organized by the members of the second Czech pipe association – Czech Republic Pipe Club. Czech pipe smokers regularly attend the events organized by CIPC, although until recently, most of them had to participate under the Slovakian registration and patronage, because of the rivalry between two Czech pipe club associations. Mercifully, and thanks to the involvement of CIPC, this problem was resolved and Czech pipe smokers from all Czech pipe clubs represent the Czech republic for several years now. And with a great success! Association of the Czech Republic pipe clubs and Pipe Club of Czech Republic started cooperation even on the domestic field, and in 2016, both major national competitions – Czech Crown contest and Czech Republic championship – were held together as one peak event for the first time in history. The same synthesis is planned for year 2017 as well, and pipe smokers from the entire world are welcome in city of Brno.