From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes'
Paradis Pipes is the Canadian brand of the brothers Gilles and Fernand Paradis. In 1922 the Paradis family moved to the USA, when Lucien Paradis (1906-1979) was 16 years old. It was at this age that he started as an apprentice at his uncle's pipe factory, Joseph B. Desjardins (JD), in Fort River, Massachusetts, an important company, which employed 60 workers at one stage.
In 1930, due to the Great Depressions, Luvien lost his job and returned to Quebec to work in the agricultural machine industry. In his spare time, be made pipes, selling them door to door. Three years later the rest of the family joined him and Lucien founded a pipe factory with two of his brothers. The company eventually employed 18 workers and in the 60s produced over 50 thousand pipes a year, under brads like JBL, Dr. Thomas, Fernand Gignac, S.C. Pipes, New London Golfer, and Jo Thomassin.
Paradis was founded in 1978, at the Salon of Quebec Astisans' and is available in tobacconists all over the country today. The brand produces 8000 pipes a year (400 "handmade"), with Greek brair.
The pair, Gilles and Fernand, sell their pipes through PipesWorld.com
PO BOX 22 Lefaivre , ON Canada K0B 1J0