Welcome to the online home of Teipen Handmade Briar Pipes.
Each Teipen (pronounced typin) Handmade Briar Pipe is hand crafted by me, Wayne Teipen, in the small town of Cloverdale, Indiana. My work hours afford me a lot of free time for my hobbies and part time endeavors. I took up pipe smoking and collecting in 2006.
In 2008, I decided to try to fashion my own pipe out of a predrilled block from PIMO mostly out of curiousity and the inner desire to create. The only tools I had at the time was a Dremel, a couple files and rasps, and some sandpaper. To my surprise and delight, my first pipe actually resembled something smokeable. Despite my limited knowledge and tooling at the time, I fell in love with the process and found an outlet for my creative side.
Like most things I commit myself to, I immersed myself in researching anything I could find related to pipemaking and absorbed it like a sponge. With the information gleened from the internet like Tyler Lane Beard’s website and pipemakersforum.com I began upgrading my tools and taught myself the skills necessary to make quality handmade pipes.
I currently make around 30 to 40 pipes per year, focusing on quality rather than quantity.