Meet the Gnomes!

Back when we were readying to leave Brittany to return to the US, we had to choose what we brought and what we left behind.  We brought all of our morta stock, all of our briar stock, and roughly 20,000 rough-turned Ligne Bretagne stummels in medium and larger sizes.  What Read more…

“But I won’t do that”

I thought I might talk about the rules that individual pipemakers work by, in terms of form vs function.  I’ve seen a lot of beautifully sculptural pipe shapes in the past few years, and I love the looks of them and admire their originality and would make similar work myself, Read more…

An Experiment in Tenon Repair

A while back, I accidentally dropped one of my favorite pipes on our hardwood floor.  This is not a thing that I normally do, and I was annoyed with myself.  Further, the stem snapped neatly off, with the tenon breaking in the middle.  It left me with half a tenon Read more…

Making a freehand

This is going to be a long post, but I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum and let the photos do most of the talking.  Basically, this is how I make a freehand, and when I say “freehand”, I mean a pipe with no advance planning as far Read more…

2016 and Onwards!

Whoah.  I just discovered to my surprise that I haven’t written a pipe blog article since February of 2015, when I introduced the Morta Collectors.  I haven’t exactly been active with this blog for a few years now, but that’s quite a gap between posting, even for me.  By way Read more…

The Ligne Bretagne Morta Collector

Two blog posts in two weeks!  Will wonders never cease…  But I had two things worth saying, a rare event in itself.  I’m back this time to introduce (or re-introduce) the Ligne Bretagne Morta Collector: I had a great time working on all those Ligne Bretagne Dukes and Dons recently. Read more…

Making the New Ligne Bretagnes

It’s possible this may be too technical (AKA “boring”) to write on, but what the hell… I thought I would make a quick post on the process behind the creation of the new Ligne Bretagne Duke & Don shapes.  I’ve been wanting to do something like this for some time Read more…