My name is Domagoj Telisman and I'm the person behind Dotterpipes pipe brand.
The name Dotter was coined from the first letters of my name and surname, and it is sort of a nickname that has been with me for a long time. Lots of people know me by that name so it seemed only natural to attach it to my handmade pipes.
I have always been very passionate about pipes and it soon became more than just a hobby to me. Ever since I started smoking my dad's old pipes in 1997., I felt there is something more to it than simple pipe smoking.
I started with handmade pipes in 2006., after an amazing beach encounter with a German pipe maker Norbert Riemer. I stumbled across Norbert while he was working on one of his pipes on the beach. He was more than friendly as he spoke to me about pipes, pipe making, briar, about shapes, etc... Those 2 hours with him simply flew by in most interesting conversation. That experience changed my view about pipes, pipe making, pipe smoking and so I became deeply interested in making my own pipes. Just to mention it, I got the pipe Norbert was making during our conversation as a gift from my wife for the following Christmas. It has been one of my dearest pipes in the collection, and certainly the pipe with the most interesting story!
Immediately after that summer vacation ended I started learning and soaking up every bit of information from the articles I'd found on the Internet. I had spent many hours looking at workshop photos from other pipe makers, trying to see what kind of tools they use, what kind of machines they work on and how they make certain things on their pipes. I am self-taught, having learnt mostly from my own mistakes and successes at first, and later from the correspondence with senior pipe makers, who have become dear colleagues and friends to me.
After I had made my first 30 pipes, which have been smoked only by me, I started stamping my pipes with the DOTTER stamp.
Lots of my pipes were gifts to my dear pipe smoking friends, mostly from the Piperson Pipe Club, which I'm also a member of. Their comments on my pipes have been valuable, as much as their advice on design and engineering.
Shortly after, I started selling my own handmade briar and olivewood pipes.
Being a graphic designer, I've always loved doing creative stuff, and I've always tried to express myself through different materials and media. I've learnt that expressing my creativity through pipe making is something that relaxes and fulfills me.
Nowadays, I have a small workshop in Zagreb - the capital of Croatia. I am constantly trying to improve my work place with new tools and new creative solutions.
Nowadays, I use mostly briar, morta and olivewood in making pipes, sometimes strawberry tree or some other materials. My pipes come in smooth, sandblasted or rustic finishes.
For the time being, I don't grade my pipes, each one only has my name on it. Being a great perfectionist, I wouldn't put my name onto something that I'm not completely satisfied with. For that reason, I don't have a grading system and I guarantee that every pipe with a DOTTER stamp on it is a pipe made of excellent material and best possible artisanal work.
Pricing has been set individually per each pipe, depending on the material quality, finish, rarity of materials used, etc.
Dotter's pipes have found their satisfied owners all over the world.
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