Broken Pipe: Huub Hendrikx – 1940-2021

This week the sad news reached me that fellow pipe-smoker and Dutch/Belgian Pijprokersforum member Huub Hendrikx passed away. I have had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Huub a number of times at pijprokersforum meetings, in addition to occasional contact through the forum of course. Almost no one there knew more about tobacco pipes than Huub, a walking encyclopedia. And also a real and true gentleman, very friendly, very generous. He was for example a great help to me when I wrote my “Vintage Dunhill tobacco made in… Germany!?” blogpost because of his pipe-smoking connections in Germany.

Huub started pipe-smoking at the early age of 22, inspired by his grandfather, a passionate pipe smoker. It was he who gave Huub his first pipe, a Stanwell shape #89 (designed by the late Sixten Ivarsson), and tobacco, which was Albion Mixture. His grandfather was a true latakia lover, he smoked all the well known English blends like Balkan Sobranie and John Cotton’s. But Huub didn’t like it, he discovered he was more of a Virginia, VaPer person. The only blend containing the dark leaf he ever smoked was Davidoff Royalty.

From the moment Huub got a computer the pipe smoking hobby transitioned to a pipe smoking passion. Since that time he could buy pipes and pipe tobacco from all over the world. He came into touch with pipe makers, resulting in such nice contacts that he even visited them, under the condition that the distance could be covered by car. He had his pipes handmade, telling what he wanted for the mouthpieces, colours and shapes. Huub was a man of details and that was also evident in his pipes. He preferred really short ones which he always showed off on the forum. Those kind of pipes are now called “Huubjes” on the pijprokersforum.

I would like to extend my condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Huub, maybe some clouds I see in the sky are now made by you.

Broken pipe: Hans

Hans †

Today I heard the shocking news that fellow Dutch/Belgium pipe-smokers forum member Hans (nickname TweeTakt) had died.

Hans became a forum member at the beginning of 2011. He had smoked cigarettes for 30 years, got tired of them and decided to pick up the pipe. His nickname was TweeTakt (two-stroke) because of his love for the engine. In general Hans had a passion for engineering. In his younger years he participated in speedway racing and later he owned several (pretty old) motorcycles which he constantly tinkered with in his garage. Fortunately Hans was a man who made a living from his passion. In his daily life he was a BMW motorcycle mechanic. Further he also was very resourceful in fixing damaged and broken pipes. A couple of forum members had their smoking gear repaired by him with nice, shiny aluminium parts. Other hobbies of Hans were cars, his mobile home and his dog Keano.

Hans almost always smiled and had a great sense of humour. Being a modest man he never put himself on the fore on meetings. Instead he liked to relax, smoke his pipe and chat to whoever who was near him. I still vividly remember talking to him on one of the Heukelum meetings. The two of us sat outside for quite a while and talked deeply about him, his mother and taking responsibilities in life.

Sadly life was something that was not given to him any longer. After having survived stomach cancer Hans got bad news: liver cancer. And it already had spread throughout his entire body. In the end the decision was made for euthanasia to stop his suffering. He died at the relatively young age of 52.

I like to pay my respects to the close family and dear friends of Hans and wish them lots of strength.

Here are some pictures:


Hans (3rd from the right) BBQ-ing at the Heukelum meeting


Hans at the pipe-smokers meeting in Antwerpen

Tweetakt special (oude bigben)

The “TweeTakt special”. A Big Ben pipe with a metal shank made by Hans


Hans (far right) at the Heukelum meeting


Heukelum meeting group-picture with Hans on the far right


Motorcycles of Hans


Hans together with Elbert Gubbels at the BigBen factory


Hans his almost self-made pipe cabinet


A repair job


Part of Hans his pipe collection


Hans his self-made automatic pipe tamper


Leerdam meeting group-picture with Hans 4th from the right


Hans at the pipe-smokers meeting in Antwerpen