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Another Pipe by Lee von Erck

Always a pleasure to own a pipe by Lee von Erck; here’s another masterpiece:  

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2,000-year-old Morta Pipes by Rattrays

Charles Rattray opened his pipe and tobacco store in Perth, Scotland in 1903. The company is now owned by Kohlhase & Kopp of Germany. Rattrays pipes are made in England, France and Italy. These two pipes pictured above, made from 2,000-year old … Continue reading

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A New Ropp

Ropp Pipes was started way back by Eugène-Léon Ropp (1830 – 1907) to make cherrywood pipes in 1869. Then probably in 1917 a workshop was acquired by the company in Saint-Claude in the Rue du Plan du Moulin 8 to … Continue reading

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A Meerschaum by Tekin

Tekin Gok is a Turkish meerschaum pipe carver, born in 1974. He learned pipe carving from master carver Sevket Gezer as well as from his uncle, the award-winning artisan carver, Salim Sener. Meerschaum is a German word for a mineral … Continue reading

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A Ferndown

Leslie “Les” John Wood worked for Dunhill for 25 years. His last position was master silver smith, but till December 2011 he still did all of Dunhill’s silver work. In 1978, he started L & JS Briars to craft his … Continue reading

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A Pipe by Michael Parks

Michael Parks is a Canadian pipe maker who doesn’t make a lot of pipes but he does bring extra-high level to each one that is made. Working with solid vulcanite or acrylic rod for stems, he crafts mouthpieces to as … Continue reading

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Ascorti Natural Bent Billiard

The history of Ascorti pipes started back in 1986 when Giuseppe “Peppino” Ascorti started making pipes. Today, the company is helmed by son, Roberto Ascorti. Roberto personally selects the best briar, ages it for two years, and then starts carving … Continue reading

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A Jeff Gracik Pipe

I learned pipe making from Lee von Erck and two of the nicest people I’ve known – Ernst Markle and Jeff Gracik. Ernie’s educational background is in Philosophy and Spanish, yet previous to becoming a full-time pipe maker he worked … Continue reading

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Another Insanus!

Yup, it gets crazier – the Insanus range of Ser Jacopo. How in the world do they drill a drafthole along a continuous curve? Really off-the-wall.

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Another Anthony Harris Pipe

Anthony Harris is a talented woodturner who has applied his skills to making some extraordinary pipes that smoke so great! Read about him here. I already own two of his pipes and acquired another one at the annual show of … Continue reading

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