Once upon a time there was a Dallas Pipe Club. Hopefully there will be again. But, like a lot of clubs in the late 90s and early 2000s, it fizzled and died out. In 2006, one of the members of the now-defunct Dallas club asked pipe maker Colin Rigsby if he’d be willing to spearhead starting a new pipe club in Lewisville. Colin was game and The North Texas Briar Club was born. For the next 7 years, the NTBC met once a month in Lewisville. In 2017, a change in shop ownership prompted a move from Lewisville to Cigar Frog’s in Denton.
In 2014, Chris Dumoulin moved from Nashville, TN to Fort Worth, TX for work. Having gone to pipe club meetups in Nashville, he figured it wouldn’t matter that he didn’t know anyone in Fort Worth – he’d just find the local pipe club and start meeting folks. Much to his surprise, there wasn’t a club in Fort Worth. So he decided to start one. The Lone Star Pipe Club grew and flourished for the next 5 years, meeting at shops all over Fort Worth before finding a home at Pop’s Safari Room.
In 2015, at a pipe show hosted by the wonderful folks at Tobacco Cabana in Cedar Hill, Chris and Colin finally met each other and, over the next few years, became good friends. The clubs grew closer too, with several members moving between clubs and meetings on a month-to-month basis.
Eventually, Colin and Chris decided that having two separate clubs so close to each other didn’t make a whole lot of sense. If they combined their efforts and pooled their resources, they could accomplish so much more. In 2019, the Lone Star Pipe Club and the North Texas Briar Club merged under the NTBC banner to better serve pipe smokers across North Texas.