Handmade Briar Pipes

Spring 2014

It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything to my workbench section so I thought I’d post some photos of pipes in the works for the Midwest Pipe Maker’s Meet-up at Smoker’s Haven and the upcoming Chicago Pipe Show.  Enjoy.

 

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September 2012 Pipe in Progress

At the NASPC Pipe Show this year, I received a request to make a pipe.  It was the type of commission request I really like because the parameters where pretty vague.  He showed me a few of his pipes to give me an idea of what he liked in a pipe and told me he… Continue Reading

December 2011

Here’s what’s lined up for December. Bent Dublin: Bent Poker: Bent Dublin: Bent Bulldog: A Danish styled Apple: A Bent Apple: Bent Billiard: Another Dublin:… Continue Reading

November 2011

Here’s what’s in the works this month: These are all drilled and rough shaped. The bottom left hand bent billiard is nearly complete. The only thing left is to stamp and give it a final buff then snap some photos. I ended up sandblasting it and giving it a Cumberland stem with matching stain. I… Continue Reading

May 2011

I recently received a request to make a pipe similar to Tom Eltang’s Tubos with the calabash-esque air chamber. Aesthetically speaking, the style isn’t quite my style but I’m deeply intrigued by the inner engineering concepts. With that in mind I decided to put together my take on the design and with a prototype completed… Continue Reading

October 2010

1/4 Bent Billiard This 1/4 bent billiard is going to be sandblasted tomorrow. It has a silver band and a cumberland stem. It has nice straight grain but as you can see it just has too many tiny sandpits to keep smooth. I think it will make an outstanding blast…. Continue Reading

September 2010

How is a raven like a writing desk? Here’s a design I’m working on now: I call this one “The Mad Hatter.” It’s whimsical design and almost nonsensical feel reminds me of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. It’s also quite a departure for me from my tendencies toward more traditional shapes. I’ve got… Continue Reading

Repairs and Refurbs

It’s seems I’m getting more and more pipe repair requests lately so I thought I would post some of my work here. I have very little experience doing this kind of work so I really appreciate the fellas that have entrusted their pipes to me. I really enjoy the work and am learning a lot…. Continue Reading

September 2008

I hope to get a handful done here at the start of the month because the end of the month doesn’t look like I’ll get much time in the workshop. We’ll see. Here’s one I’m currently working on:… Continue Reading

August 2008

This is a straight bulldog I’m working on as a commission. It’s in pretty rough form now but is going pretty well. The drilling couldn’t have gone better. Here’s the airway hole dead center in the bottom of the chamber: This Dublin is either going to be a straight Dublin or a Zulu. I haven’t… Continue Reading