At Pipe & Pint

Here are a couple of pics taken back in 2000 at Pipe & Pint, the NC shop I have often referred to. This is a great shot of the counter, with a full case of pipes and a wide selection of pipe tobaccos in both tins and open humidors for sampling. The other pic is of me and my friend Paul Tatum at the store on the day of an Read more…

The Kraken

Here is a sketch I did for a pipe back in 2001. This has become a ongoing struggle, the “pipe that keeps getting away” because of the difficulty of the design and the engineering hassles it would entail. I actually have a large stummel set aside for this pipe, which has been drilled and waiting to be finished since 2002, but I keep avoiding the thing and it keeps lurking. Read more…

Tobacco Stem

The pipe in today’s pics was made as an experiment back in 2001 when I was doing a lot of acrylic casting. It was one of those nutty-yet-intriguing ideas – since I could cast just about anything in with the acrylic mix, what would it be like to cast a stem with tobacco? The stem is simply pure clear acrylic poured into a chopped blend of fine tobacco and stirred. Read more…

The Silliest Pipe I Ever Made

Before I go further I should apologize for the lateness in getting the new updates posted for this page and for “American Pipemaker in Brittany”. The last several days have seen me working non-stop and round-the-clock to finish the most complex Halloween pipe I’ve done thus far, Grendel’s Mother, seen here. After finishing that horrific creation, I felt like posting something whimsical, so here is (in my opinion) THE silliest Read more…

The Gaffer

Back in the late 90’s I made a number of pipes based on Lord of the Rings characters. This was long before the Tolkein mania that the movies kicked off – back in those innocent days I was just making hobbit pipes because I liked the stories, and they were an unusual novelty. I did a number of what I felt were hobbit-themed pipes (thick, round, and short for thick, Read more…

LB Yule pipes and more Dimiters info

I’m pleased to say that yesterday’s post about Juris Dimiters brought in some more accurate and current information on him. He was NOT, as I previously reported, Russian – he is Latvian (I know, I know, I’m American… all those “foreign” countries are the same anyway…;) ) He is also still painting, and still painting pipes. His website is:http://dimiters.com/Fascinating artwork. I wish I could paint like that! Today’s picture is Read more…

Pipe Art, literally

Back in the late 90’s, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a Russian artist named Juris Dimiters. I am not certain on the first name – I think it was spelled differently, but I can’t remember the exact spelling. At the time, he had a very nice website displaying JPGs of his original oil paintings. He had a wide range of subjects but one entire part of his Read more…

A photo re-post

Apologies for reposting something that’s already been seen, but I wanted to show this again because this new format allows the pictures to be viewed full-size (just click the pic) and this is one which benefits greatly from being able to see it larger. The old 500-pixel-wide limit made a lot of photos unworkable. I also thought this would be a good post for the new archives. To reiterate what Read more…

Original Sketch for Grendel’s Mother

And here is the original sketch for the pipe below. I dropped the idea of the skull on the back because I thought it clashed with the organic and living look of the fingers, so it has become the toothed mouth of a blind worm, with the stem working as an extended tongue. As one might imagine, my work is particularly challenging to talk about in polite conversation…

Grendel’s Mother – sneak preview

I probably shouldn’t post sneak previews but here is one. People keep asking me when I’ll post the next Halloween pipe, and my only answer is, “As soon as I can finish sanding this thing smooth”. This pipe is the mother of Grendel, from the Beowulf story, based on some sketches I did back in 2000 when I did the orignal Grendel pipe. I had meant to do them together Read more…