WHO WE ARE
At our core, we’re a diverse group of pipe smokers and collectors, of all ages and levels of experience and from all walks of life – blue collar, white collar, no collar, religious, political, both and neither – in the Dallas/Ft Worth Metroplex area of North Texas. We welcome anyone who enjoys the pipe as much as we do! Our club is relaxed, so there are no expectations as far as dues, or other duties. The main goal of the club is to have fun and give anyone looking for a group to share their love of pipes and tobaccos a place for fellowship. This group has been going since 2006 and we are as strong as ever. So if you live in the area or just passing through, we hope to meet you at a future meeting!
The North Texas Briar Club meets twice a month, on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday of the month. The first meeting (on the 2nd Thursday) meets in Fort Worth at Pop’s Safari Room in the West 7th area. The second meeting (on the 4th Tuesday) meets at Denton Cigar Co. in Denton.
Our meetings start around 7pm and go until around 10 or so but there is no reason that members can’t come late or leave early. We’re informal and flexible. If there is a change in venue or date for some reason, we will let the group know via Facebook as soon as possible.
Our Story: The Evolution of Two Clubs
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.