I created my first pipe - a Churchwarden model (Gandalf pipe) - in summer 2011 in my mountain village home, inspired by childhood memories of my grandfather, who used to enjoy smoking his pipe while sitting on the porch and gazing at the mountain. I still remember the sweet smell of his smoke and how fascinated I used to be from his pipe smoking ritual.
Studying CNC machine operation helped me a lot with the engineering and the tools I use - I even create some on my own. I enjoy the wood working process while making smoking pipes, because it is challenging both from a technical as well as an aesthetic aspect. Handmade smoking pipes are not only pieces of creative and artistic work, but also a piece of the artist's soul.
One of the things I like most about making smoking pipes is that I experience living in the present moment, and therefore I enjoy each of the many stages in the procces of creating an artistic smoking instrument.
For my pipes I use exclusively briar- and olive wood, because they are the most durable, tastier and purest types of wood for smoking pipes. The hand-cut stems are made from German ebonite, acrylic and cumberland rods stock. The tenons are intergrated to the same stock as the stem, except some occasions when the design needs the tenon to be made by delrin or telfon. I use a secret recipe oil for the finishing technique, in order to preserve the wood better. All of my smoking pipes meet the required standards for pipe collectors.
Creating smoking pipes is like smoking them: I take the time and enjoy it!