On Quality, Style, and Design
I’m fascinated with the engineering of a well made pipe. That fascination is represented in the smoking quality of my pipes. I have a wide spectrum of interest in pipe forms from traditional shapes to Danish inspired shapes. I enjoy exploring these well established shapes, giving them my own interpretations. I believe that the dryness of well cured briar is key to a superior smoking experience. For that reason my pipes are made from the finest Mediterranean briar available that I allow to season in my shop after purchase for a minimum of three years. I also believe that a properly engineered, smooth airway is equally important. I take great care and pride in the construction of my pipes paying particular attention and detail to airway construction. I hand carve my pipe stems from German ebonite, Cumberland, and, on occasion, lucite (acrylic) rod stock. Many of my pipes include accents made from exotic woods, ivory, antler, acrylic, and other materials to enhance the aesthetics of each piece and make them one of a kind.
Philosphy On Bowl Coating
I realize this is a very polarizing aspect of our hobby. As such, I feel it necessary to express my philosophy. I believe that a pre-carbon coated chamber offers some protection in the break-in stages, offers a good base for cake build-up, and is more aesthetically pleasing. The downside is that you may not get that “briar taste” that you sometimes get in the first few bowls of a bare chamber. To me, the benefits for the life of the pipe outweigh the cons experienced in the first few bowls. A bowl coating is not a guarantee against abuse, improper technique, or the extremely rare hidden natural flaw in the briar. With my bowl coating, the unpleasantness often associated with breaking in a new pipe is minimized if not completely eliminated. I have been told by folks who have purchased and smoked my pipes and it has been my personal experience that Teipen pipes are a pleasure to smoke from the very first bowl.
I coat my tobacco chambers with a food grade carbon coating that consists of unflavored gelatin, honey, water, and finely ground activated charcoal powder. I find this recipe to be neutral yet effective. It is easily removed with warm water and a little elbow grease. If you do decide to remove the bowl coating from a pipe you purchase from me, doing so may void my guarantee against burnout. I will omit bowl coatings on request with commissioned pipes but will not guarantee the pipe against burnouts unless it can be determined at my discretion that the burnout was due to an unforeseen natural flaw in the briar. Finally, I believe my bowl coating is so superior that I use it on all pipes that I make, keep, and smoke for myself.