The Long, Extra Strange Trip

So, it’s been quite a while since I updated our Pipe Blog, but with good reason. As those who follow our Twitter/Instagram/Facebook pages know, we’ve moved! We’ve relocated our home and workshop from our place in Greensboro to a new, exceedingly 1970’s home in Winston Salem, NC. The increased space Read more…

The Virus Post

So, here we are in Very Strange Times indeed! I write this on April 4th, with the impact of Covid-19 well and truly beginning to settle in, and I felt it was important to provide a little explanation of what the Talbert Pipes Workshop will be doing to cope with Read more…

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…

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…

The Livescribe Smartpen

Note – This is a product review of a new toy I’m using.  If this review gets you all wildly fired up to buy one of these things, you can buy one from this link and I’ll get a few bucks of credit and you’ll get 15% off, which is nice savings on a Read more…

Finishing up

What a long, strange…. and often horrifying… trip it has been.  I write this today having just completed the setup of the last workshop lathe that we need for pipemaking, making this our semi-official “Workshop Finished” day.  There are still things lacking (workstation lighting being the main one, as I Read more…

1840’s Village

Yesterday we took our first day off in a very long time, and rode with my parents to see the 1840’s Village in Hickory, NC.  It was a full-scale recreation of a settler town, complete with blacksmith, shoemaker, saddle-maker, woodwright, etc, with all crafts and tools on display and in Read more…

Making Sanding Pads

Here’s a quick little pictorial showing how my padded sanding discs and fitted together. Anyone with some threaded rod and a wood lathe could turn something similar, with work.