Good morta, bad morta

I’m currently in the process of working through the last of our larger-sized blocks of Breton morta.  I’ve got plenty of small blocks, but they’re good for thimble-size bowls only – The last of the bigger bowls will be turning into pipes through the rest of this summer, most likely Read more…

Building a Buffing Station

We’ve just finished assembling a buffing workstation for the new workshop. Like everything else here, it’s a bit cobbled together due to our total lack of funds, but need breeds ingenuity, as they say, and I believe this creation will do a fine job for us. There are still two Read more…

Phillippe Bargiel Video

I found the link to this on French site FumeursdePipe, and thought it was well worth passing along as it isn’t often that videos on meerschaum pipemaking surface. The thing that interests me about this video is that he works the meerschaum dry, while I was taught to work with Read more…

Pipemaking without a Net

There are many different ways to approach making a pipe. There is the safest way, to pick a popular shape profile, sketch it on the block, and cut that shape out of the wood. You know going in that, assuming some unseen briar flaw doesn’t cause the pipe to be Read more…