What is Patreon?

Those of sharp eye may have noticed an unusual link in our menu at the top – “Our Patreon“. What the heck is Patreon, you ask? Patreon is essentially a private social club where fans, collectors, and trainees can interact with artists and creators of their choice, at the cost Read more…

We can rebuild him

Another trip down memory lane with another 1998 pipe donation needing some work.  This pipe, which I informally dubbed the Marlowe after a certain PI, was one of the most difficult things I’d tried at the time, though looking at it now it’s a terribly clunky thing – To my Read more…

Reworking the flashback

Very recently, I’ve gotten my hands on a small treasure trove of my older work which I’ll be cleaning up and selling in order to raise funds to help pay for my wife’s cancer surgery.  It’s been a fascinating trip down memory lane, particularly in regard to the oldest pipes Read more…

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…

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…