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sitdellit The scope of Pipedia will ultimately be defined by its contributors. Our hope in setting it up is that it will become an extensive repository of information on tobacco pipes and their makers. Knowledgeable enthusiasts, collectors, pipe makers, and tobacconists are welcome and encouraged to contribute to Pipedia. Please click the "discussion" tab above if you'd like to dialog with the contributors about the project. Main subsections are now linked in the navigation bar on the left. Pipe smoking is allowed, encouraged, and facilitated on this site.

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Materials and Construction

The material and shape of a pipe has a profound influence upon the aesthetics and smoking qualities. Tobacco pipes come in many shapes and styles. For an excellent chart showing classic pipe shapes, see the chart by Bill Burney: Pipe Shapes. To see an excellent chart showing pipe parts along with their names, also by Bill Burney, see Pipe Parts.

The basis for this section is from the Wikipedia entry Smoking Pipe (tobacco).

A Comprehensive list of Pipemaker materials suppliers can be found here: Materials and Supplies


Briar

Castello Old Antiquari GG, courtesy of pipes2smoke.com

The majority of pipes sold today, whether hand made or machine made, are fashioned from briar. Briar is a particularly good wood for pipe making for a number of reasons. The first and most important is its natural resistance to fire. The second is its inherent ability to absorb moisture. The burl absorbs water in nature to supply the tree in the dry times and likewise will absorb the moisture that is a byproduct of combustion. Briar is cut from the root burl of the heath tree (Erica arborea), which is native to the rocky and sandy soils of the Mediterranean region. Briar burls are cut into two types of blocks; ebauchon and plateaux. Ebauchon is taken from the heart of the burl while plateaux is taken from the outer part of the burl. While both types of blocks can produce pipes of the highest quality, most artisan pipe makers prefer to use plateaux because of its superior graining.


Alternative Woods Used For Pipemaking

Although briar pipes are by far the most popular, various other woods are also used by pipe makers. See Alternative Woods Used For Pipemaking for a list of the many wood types and examples of pipes made with these woods. Many thanks to pipemaker Elie for suggesting this section. Also see Pipes in Other Woods an article written for The Collector by Tim Fuller


Meerschaum

Meerschaum Pipes

Meerschaum (hydrated magnesium silicate), a mineral found in small shallow deposits mainly around the city of Eskişehir in central Turkey, is prized for its plasticity which allows it to be carved into many decorative and figural shapes. It was used as early as the 17th century in Turkey in the production of various utilitarian articles, but the first use as a pipe was not earlier than, according to translated documents, about 1725-1750. Along with clay, meerschaum represented the other common medium for pipes before the introduction of briar as the material of choice in the mid-19th century. See Antique Meerschaum Pipes.

The word "meerschaum" means "sea foam" in German, alluding to its natural white color and its surprisingly low weight. Meerschaum is a very porous mineral that absorbs elements of the tobacco during the smoking process, and gradually changes color to a golden brown. Old, well-smoked meerschaum pipes are prized for their distinctive coloring.

In selecting a meerschaum pipe it is advisable to determine if the pipe is indeed carved from a block of meerschaum, and is not made from meerschaum dust collected after carving and mixed with an emulsifier then pressed into a pipe shape. These products are not absorbent, do not color, and lack the smoking quality of the block carved pipe. It is not always obvious. Some collectors believe that some pipes marked "solid block meerschaum" may not be genuine. With no uniform grading authority, it is difficult to be sure in the case of an unknown maker, unless you are purchasing it from a trusted, well informed tobacconist. Be wary of inexpensive pipes from untrusted sources. Also look for the quality of the carving. Better carvers are unlikely to waste time carving composite meerschaum.


Clay

Fox & Grapes, Pollock Clay Pipes

Clay in this case is almost always a very fine white clay. Low-quality "clay" pipes are actually made from porcelain forming techniques known as slip, and poured into a mold. These are porous, of very low quality, and impart unwanted flavors to a smoke. Top-notch clays, on the other hand are made in a labor-intensive process that requires beating all air out of the clay, hand-rolling each pipe before molding it, piercing with a fine wire, and careful firing. Traditionally, clay pipes are un-glazed. Clays burn "hot" in comparison to other types of pipes, so they are often difficult for most pipe-smokers to use. Their proponents claim that, unlike other materials, a well-made clay pipe gives a "pure" smoke, with no flavor addition from the pipe bowl. In addition to aficionados, reproductions of historical clay styles are used by some Historical re-enactors. Clay pipes were once considered disposable items and the large quantities discarded in the past are often used as an aid in dating by industrial archaeologists.

For additional information see, A Short History Of Clay Pipes, by Heather Coleman


Calabash

Calabash Gourd Pipe With Meerschaum Bowl Insert & Removable Bamboo Stem Extension Courtesy of Frank

Calabash gourds (usually with meerschaum or porcelain bowls set inside them) have long made prized pipes, but they are labour-intensive and nowadays quite expensive. Because of this expense, pipes with bodies made of wood (usually mahogany) instead of gourd, but the same classic shape are sold as calabashes. Both wood and gourd pipes are functionally the same. They both have an air chamber beneath the bowl which serves to cool, dry, and mellow the smoke. There are also briar pipes being sold as calabashes. These typically do not have an air chamber and are named only because of their external shape.

The construction of a calabash pipe generally consists of a downward curve that ends with an upcurve where the bowl sits. This low center of gravity allows for the user to easily hold the pipe by the mouth alone, leaving his hands free. This advantage was often used by actors who wanted to depict their character smoking while permitting them to do other business simultaneously. That is why the character Sherlock Holmes, who never used this kind of pipe in the stories, is stereotypically depicted as favoring it because early dramatic productions, especially those starring William Gillette and Basil Rathbone, made this artistic decision. In fact, Holmes, who preferred very harsh tobacco, would probably have disliked the calabash because of the above-mentioned mellowing effect.

Gourds specifically intended for pipemaking are usually "hand trained" while they are still green & growing. Every few days, after the fruit has begun to develop, the grower will bend the "neck" of the gourd, until it has formed into a near semi-circle. These are mainly grown in South Africa.

Family:  Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ay);
Genus:   Lagenaria (lag-en-AR-ee-uh);
Species: Siceraria (sy-ker-AR-ee-uh); 
Cultivar: Dipper(?)

Calabash Interpretations: Also popular with some collectors are Calabash shaped briar pipes, or Calabash interpretations. Fred Heim has written an interesting article on collecting these called Calabash, Calabash, Wherefore Art Thou Calabash?, The Genesis of a Collecting Motif By Fred Heim, with photography by Joe Harb.


Corncob

Corncob Pipes

On the other end of the scale, "corncob" pipes made from maize cobs are cheap and effective, even if some regard them as inelegant. The cobs are first dried for two years. Then they are hollowed out to make a bowl shape. The bowls are dipped in a plaster-based mixture and varnished or lacquered on the outside. Shanks made from pine wood are then inserted into the bowls. The first and largest manufacturer of corncob pipes is Missouri Meerschaum, located in Washington, Missouri in the United States.[1]. Missouri Meerschaum has produced the pipes since 1869. General Douglas MacArthur and George Lincoln Rockwell were perhaps the most famous smokers of this type of pipe, along with the cartoon characters Popeye and Frosty the Snowman.

Corncob pipes remain popular today because they are inexpensive and require no "break-in" period like briar pipes. For these two reasons, corncob pipes are often recommended as a "Beginners pipe." But, their enjoyment is by no means limited to beginners. Corncob pipes are equally valued by both learners, and experienced smokers who simply desire a cool, clean smoke. Pipesmokers who wish to sample a wide variety of different tobaccos and blends also might keep a stock of corncobs on hand to permit them to try new flavors without "carryover" from an already-used pipe, or to keep a potentially bad tasting tobacco from adding its flavor to a more expensive or favored pipe.


Metal Pipes

Image Courtesy Tony Pringle of Smoking Metal
Vintage Falcon Shillelagh Pipe (Manufactured Ca. 1968)
Image Courtesy K. A. Worth

An excellent website devoted to metal pipes: Smoking Metal.
Includes various Falcon aluminum-stem pipes, plus Kirsten, Yello Bole, Dr. Grabow (Viking) and many others.


An interesting book on the subject: Back From The Ashes, Uncovering The Lost History Of G. L. Hunt and the Falcon Pipe, by K. A. Worth ~ available from the author: Worthy Works Press and at Amazon: Amazon.com(For more info. see Books/Publications page.)


Build your own custom Kirsten Metal Pipe at Kirsten Pipe Company

Kirsten Pipe Company - An article by Dave Whitney



Pipe makers by location

It would be great to see an overview and history of pipe making heading up each region. Please feel free to contribute information to the individual sections. Pipe makers in red still need bios (just click on them and add any information you have), and the others linked in blue could be expanded on. Feel free to add other pipe makers you've a particular interest in or knowledge of. Please let me know if you need any help managing the wiki: mailto:sethile.pipes@gmail.com

We use the term Broken Pipe coined by Tom Dunn, and also used by Jan Andersson, to denote Pipe Makers who have passed on.


Argentina

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Bambi Pipes (Gustavo Miguel Gonzalez) | D'Capo (Pablo Minotti & Diego Docetti) | Luigi Pipes (Luis Arbotto) | Pablo A. Piombo (Pipas Piombo)


Austria

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Ludwig Lorenz | Peter Matzhold | Josef Prammer | Martin Steinthaler (Tine Pipes) | Christoph Stiegler | David Wagner (Baff)


Canada

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Robert Blatter | Wolfgang Blazejewski (Pipes by Wolfgang) | Brigham Pipes | John Calich (J.Calich) | Cats Paw Pipes (Bill & Terri Weist) | Stephen Downie | MacQueen Pipes | Colm Magner | Michael Parks | John Rocheleau | Stefan Seles | Phillip Trypis | Julius Vesz

Canadian pipe making is very individual. Some styles are very traditional, showing definite Old World roots, while others are heavily influenced by the Danish freehand movement.


Czech Republic

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Oldrich Jirsa | Pavel Háp | Pavel Hodula | Jan Klouček - JanPipes | Karel Krška | Martin Vlasak (now Australia)


Denmark

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Danish pipe makers (alphabetical by last name)

A-B: Aalbørg | Finn Meyan Andersen | Mr. Andersen | Søren Eric Andersen | Anne Julie | Antique | Kurt Balleby | S. Bang (Per Hansen & Ulf Noltensmeier) | Knud Bech | Benner | K. Bertran | BMH | Leo Børgart | Peter Brakner (Broken Pipe) | Hans Brandt

C-G: Svend Axel Celius | Champ of Denmark | Emil Chonowitsch | Jess Chonowitsch | Lars Christensen | Crown | Danbark | Danish Sovereign | Danmore | Danske Club | Dantonian Pipe Works | Dybsø | Sven Egholm | Tom Eltang | Eminent | Eriksen | Former | Nils Frederiksen | Ingo Garbe

H: Jan Hansen | Kurt Balleby Hansen | Per Hansen (S. Bang) | Poul Hansen | Hans Hartmann | Peter Hedegaard (Broken Pipe) | Peter Heding | Peter Heeschen | Gert Holbek | Preben Holm (Broken Pipe) (needs more editing) | Jens Holmgaard (Broken Pipe) | P. Holtorp

I-J: Poul Ilsted | Lars Ivarsson | Nanna Ivarsson | Sixten Ivarsson (Broken Pipe, Sweden/Denmark) | Georg Jensen | Peder Christian Jeppesen (Neerup) | Jesper of Danmark | Mogens Johansen (Johs) | Benni Jørgensen | H.A. Jørgensen | Lasse Skovgaard Jørgensen |

K-M: Karl Erik | Kong Christian | Teddy Knudsen | Sven Knudsen | Johan Kock | Kriswill | KS Piben | Largo | Lars of Denmark | Else Larsen | Jørgen Larsen | Jørn Larsen | W.Ø. Larsen | Ib Loran | Mathiasen | Jørn Micke

N: Neerup | Bent Nielsen | Bjarne Nielsen | Erik Nielsen | Hans Nielsen | Ivan Holst Nielsen | Jens Tao Nielsen | Jørgen Nielsen | Kai Nielsen | Tonni Nielsen (Denmark/United States) | Viggo Nielsen | Ulf Noltensmeier (S. Bang) | Erik Nørding

O-S: Karl Kristian Olsen (Outrup Pibeservice) | Poul Olsen | Ib Olson | Karl Erik Ottendahl (Karl Erik) | P.U.G. | Partout | Flemming Petersen | Anne Julie Rasmussen | John E. Rasmussen | Kent Rasmussen | Poul Rasmussen (Broken Pipe) | Søren Refbjerg Rasmussen | Red Hat Pipes (Kjeld Sørensen) | Manduela Riger-Kusk | Soborg | Kjeld Sørensen (Red Hat Pipes) | Stanwell

T-Z: Tao | Karsten Tarp | Helmer Thomsen | Bjørn Thurmann | Arne Urup | Ph. Vigen | Ole Walther (Walther Pipes) | Poul Winslow | York Deluxe

We highly recommend the following article on the history of Danish pipe making by Jakob Groth. More Pipe maker articles coming soon to this section. Those in red still need articles. Please dive in if you'd like to help. Very thankfully there exists an excellent site dedicated to Scandinavian pipe makers. We highly recommend danishpipemakers.com


France

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Alain Albuisson | Chacom (Bayard) | Butz Choquin (Claude Romain) | Charles Courrieu | David Enrique (needs more editing) | EWA | Jeantet | Paul Lanier | Pascal Piazzolla | Trever Talbert (France/United States) | Roger Vincent | Vuillard | Melan Pipe

Germany

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A-D: Reiner Apelt (Baiano) | Frank Axmacher | Rainer Barbi | Hasso Baudis | Paul Becker | Wolfgang Becker | Volker Bier | Klaus-Dieter Billerbeck | Reiner Thilo Bindschädel | Max Brandt | Oliver Brandt | Andreas Bricks | Werner Bürmann | Oliver Camphausen | Ken Dederichs |

E-K: Horst Fuchs | Norbert Gerharz | Axel Glasner | Holger Haettich (Hh-Pipes) | Klaus Hahn | Volker Hahn | Klaus Hedwig | Gerrit Heyl | Olaf Höppe (Olis Pfeifen) | Jarugski | Werner Johst | Uwe Jopp | Karl-Heinz Joura | Günter Kittner | Peter Klein | Reiner Klein

L-Q: Olaf Langner | Peter Lehmann | Cornelius Mänz | Tom Richard Mehret | Robert Mewis | Markus Meyer (MM Pfeifen-Design) | Jürgen Moritz | Werner Mummert | Heiner Nonnenbroich (hn handmade pipes) | Hans Günter Noske | Otto Pollner (broken pipe) | Gerhart Priewe | Andreas Püttmann |

R-Z: Axel Reichert | Pit Rohrbach | Bertram Safferling | Julian Schäfer (JULS) | Jürgen Schmitt (JÜSCH-Pipes) | Roland Schwarz (Roland-Briars) | Jan Harry Seiffert | Manuel Shaabi (Ex Lebanon) | Bernd Sticklun | Eckhard Stöhr | Frank Stollenwerk (Frank-Pfeifen) | Karl-Heinz Syring | Nils Thomsen | VAUEN | Reinhardt Volz | René Wähner | Roger Wallenstein | Gerhard Wilhelm | Hans Wormit (snahti)

More pipe maker articles coming soon. There exists an excellent site dedicated to German pipe makers. We highly recommend German Pipemakers

German resources:

  • Berlin Tobacco College: The Berlin Tobacco College is open to the public and meets Thursday evenings at 8:00 in a local Berlin cafe. Sharing ideas, experiences, and good tobacco, the Berlin Tobacco College members welcome anyone interested in pipe smoking. In addition to pipe club evenings, the Berlin Tobacco College organizes the Berlin Pipe show and participates in the annual Berlin Christmas Charity event organized by Frank Zander. Website
  • East German Pipe Smokers Association: Under the Direction of the German Pipe Smokers Association, we are working in conjunction with other pipe clubs to build the East German Pipe Smokers Association. Website
  • Support of d.a.f.t home page: Nils Thomsen Pipes is an active member and supporter of the d.a.f.t home page and forum. Website
  • Pipe Making Workshop: On Saturdays it is possible to spend the day making your own pipe form start to finish. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with a coffee and a Briar block and ends in the evening in a cafe and your finished self-made pipe. These appointments are typically one to one and do not require previous wood-working experience. Participants pay approximately 200.00 € which includes the material. Website
  • Pipe smoking class for beginners: Every second Thursday evening of each month at 7:00 in the store, you are invited to join a beginners class in pipe smoking. Website

Great Britain

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Ashton | Astley's | Barling | Blakemar Briars (Michael Billington) | Castleford | Charatan | Comoy's | Dunhill | Ferndown (L. & J.S. Briars)(Ellwood) | GBD | Hardcastle (became Parker-Hardcastle) (needs more editing) | Larrysson Pipes (Paul Hubarrt) | London Castle Pipes (G. Huybrecht) | Millville (Dennis and John Marshall) | Parker | Sasieni | Upshall (also makes Tilshead)| Ben Wade | Ian Walker (Northern Briar Pipes) |


Italy

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A-B: Amorelli | Ardor | Mauro Armellini | Ascorti | Alberto Bonfiglioli | Baldo Baldi | Bartoli | Paolo Becker | Brebbia

C-F: Calabria Pipe | Caminetto | Castello | Claudio Cavicchi | Luciano Cerrato | Cesare | Corrado | Gabriele Dal Fiume (DG Pipe) | Del Grano | Don Carlos | Fe-Ro

G-L: Gasparini | Mauro Gilli | Il Ceppo | Il Duca Pipe (Massimiliano) | Tonino Jacono | La Bitta | L'Anatra | Le Nuvole | Lorenzetti | Lorenzo

M-Q: Mastro Beraldi | Mastro de Paja | Giorgio Micheli | Moretti | Al Pascià | Enrico Passoni | Pipa Croci

R-Z: Radice | Richichi | Rinaldo | Domenico Romeo | Rossi | Stefano Santambrogio | Amorelli Salvatore | Savinelli | Ser Jacopo | Tommaso Spanu | Cesare Talamona | Aldo Velani | Luigi Viprati

More pipe maker articles coming soon. Very thankfully there exists an excellent site dedicated to Italian pipe makers. We highly recommend italianpipemakers.com


Japan

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Shizuo Arita | Takeo Arita (needs more editing)| Tsutomu Fukashiro | Kei'Ichi Gotoh | Seiji Hachiro | Jun'ichiro Higuchi | Ichi Kitahara | saci (Yukio Okamura) | Kenichiro Sakurai | Smio Satou | Hiroyuki Tokutomi | Yuki Tokutomi | Tsuge

  • See Beyond Tsuge - Martin Ferrent interviews Sykes Wilford about Japanese pipes, originally published at PFEIFENBOX

Poland

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Bartlomiej Antoniewski | Zbigniew Bednarczyk (BRÓG) | Robert Gruszczynski (Rogrus) | Ryszard Kulpinski | Henryk Worobiec


Russia

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Sergey Ailarov | Sergey Dyomin | Alexey Fyodorov | Vladimir Grechukhin | Valentin Kiselyov | Alexey Kharlamov | Evgeniy Lushin (Eugeni Looshin) | Misha Revyagin (Mr. Pipes) | Alexandr Saharov | Viktor Yashtylov


South Africa

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Ebenhart Botha | Leon du Preez | JOBERT (Johan Slabbert) | Kiko


Spain

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Segimon Baulenas (Pipas Sigmund) | Bruken | Rafa Martín (Pipes Martin) | Jean P. Soler | Joan Saladich


Sweden

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Swedish pipe makers (Alphabetical by last name)

Björn Bengtsson | Bengt Carlson | Love Geiger | Gurra - Lars-Göran Markunger | Sixten Ivarsson (Broken Pipe) (Sweden/Denmark) | Arne Ljung | Bo Nordh (Broken Pipe) | Dura Semjaniv | Ronny Thunér | Vollmer & Nilsson

Although much deserved credit has been given to Danish pipemakers & the "Danish Freehand" style, a lot of credit has to go to a handful of brilliant and innovative Swedish pipemakers, not the least of whom were Sixten Ivarsson & Bo Nordh (may they smoke & rest in peace).

More pipe maker articles coming soon. Very thankfully there exists an excellent site dedicated to Swedish pipe makers. We highly recommend Svenska Pipklubben (Swedish Pipe Club) and extend many thanks to Jan Andersson, club secretary (and pipe smoker, of course).


Switzerland

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Peter Fischer | Thomas Habermacher | Daniel Jud | Franz von Matt

We urgently need Helvetians (Swiss) to contribute info for the above pipemakers.


Ukraine

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Golden Gate | Alexander Ponomarchuk | Konstantin Shekita | Valeriy Rizhenko


United States

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A - B: P. A. Anderson | Scott Anderson | Steve and Roswitha Anderson | E. Andrews (Ed Jurkiewicz) | Anima pipes (Brian McNulty)| Tom Bahder (Renaissance Pipes) | Al Baier | Bolas De Fuego | Paul Bonaquisti | Kirk Bosi | J.M. Boswell | Bill Braddock (Art That Smokes) | Briar Art (Brian Ruthenberg) | Mike Brissett | Ed Burak | Mike Butera |

C - D: W. Cannoy | Dominic Cazzetta | Cellini | Darius (Christian) Dah (GRC Pipes) | Eric Christie | Robert Cipolla | Bill Collins (Jost) | Larry Comeaux | Joe Cortigiano (Broken Pipe) | Russ Cook | Tom Cook | J.T. Cooke | Joseph Crable | John Crosby | Custom-Bilt (needs photos) | Jody Davis (J. Davis) | Rad Davis | Horace DeJarnett | William Demuth Company (WDC) (see also S. M. Frank & Co. Inc.) | Diane Doerr

E - H: John Eells | Skip Elliott | Lee von Erck | Ron Fairchild | Michael Fauscette (Delta Pipes) | Tony Fillenwarth | Alex Florov (Ex Russia) | Wally Frank | Mike Frey | Don Fuhr | Tim Fuller | Frederick Garlinghouse (Frederick G Pipes) (Broken Pipe) | Robert Gebbie (R.G.Freehand) | Ralph T. Gibson (Okie Pipes) | Andrew Glamp | Jeff Gracik (J. Alan Pipes) | Gray Mountain Pipes (Mark Gradberg) | Jake Hackert | Jack Hamburg Jr. (Jack's Handmade Pipes) | Jaden Hew Len (Hew Len Pipes) | Paul Hildebrand | Jack Howell | Dr. Grabow | Kurt Huhn

I - K: Ideal Mfg. | Imperati | Leo Irrera | Michael Jacobson-Hardy | Jelling | Jorg Jemelka | David Johnson (Ozark Mountain Briars) | Richard C. Johnson | Stephen Johnson (Alpine Briars) | Steve Johnson | Todd Johnson (STOA Briars) | Tom Johnson (Luna Pipes] | David Jones (Regency) | Yern "Bo" Jorgenson | Ed Jurkiewicz (E. Andrews) | (Michael Kabik | Mitch Kaufman | Kaywoodie (KBB, Currently made by S. M. Frank & Co. Inc.) | Kim Kendall (Penguin Briar) | Bob Kiess | Kirsten Pipe Company (Metal Pipes) | J. Andrew Kovacs (Jandrew) |

L - M: Tyler Lane | Samuel Learned | LHS (L & H Stern Pipe Making Company) (needs editing & photos)| Michael Lindner | Loscalzo Pipes (Pipes by CAL) | Luna Pipes (Tom Johnson) | Brian McNulty (Anima) | Marchetti Pipes | James Margroum (Mr.Groum) | Joe Mariner | Andrew Marks | Marxman | Mastercraft | Medico (S. M. Frank & Co. Inc.) | Tracy Mincer

N - P: Elliott Nachwalter | Rolando Negoita (US/ex Romania) | Tonni Nielsen (Denmark/United States) | Ozark Mountain Briars ( David Johnson) | Scott Parfumi | Penguin Briar (Kim Kendall) | Perry White Pipes (Bob Swanson) | Brad Pohlmann | Robert Peretti | Paul Perri | Will Purdy

Q - T: Ryan Que | Tony Rodriguez | Curt Rollar | Larry Roush | Brian Ruthenberg (Briar Art) | Jerry Sands | R.C. Sands | Joel Shapiro (JS Pipes) | Ben Scofield | Max Schulte | Joe Skoda | Denny Souers | Vic Steinhart | Robert Story | Ken Sturgill | Bob Swanson (Perry White Pipes) | Trever Talbert (France/United States) | Tatum's Workshop (Paul Tatum) | Scott Thile | Mark Tinsky

U - Z: Randolph Ubben | Robert Ward | Robert Waughtel | B.A.Weaver | Tim West | Jack H. Weinberger | Steve Weiner (Broken Pipe) | Randy Wiley | Yello-Bole see also (S. M. Frank & Co. Inc.)

American pipe making is heavily influenced by the European schools, although Asian aesthetics, at least as they play out in pipes, have also become a notable influence. In particular, the Italian, English, and French schools, with their traditional shapes, have formed the basis for the work of many American pipe makers who have pored over collections of old Dunhills, Barlings, GBDs, Costellos, Savinelli's, etc. Many of these shapes were well established by the 1920s. Others are heavily influenced by the makers of Danish high grade pipes, who have likewise been influenced by their mentors, the fathers of the Danish freehand movement of the 1950's and '60s.

"Go West" is a fascinating look at high grade American pipe makers from across the pond. Written By: Erwin Van Hove and originally published in the French magazine, Pipe Mag.

Among other interesting developments in US pipe making has been Sandblasting. Fred Hanna wrote an interesting article for The Pipe Collector called, The Best Sandblasted Pipes are Being Made By Americans, where he writes, "Now and then, someone will point to a particular country, such as Denmark or Italy, and remark upon the quality of their pipe makers as a group. This may be in terms of design, finish, mouthpieces, engineering, or what have you. Let's add another such assessment. I have been watching the quality of sandblasting by Americans for the last couple of years, and I don't think there can be any doubt about it. The best sandblasted pipes OVERALL are now coming out of the USA."

Suffice it to say that a new generation of American pipe makers have emerged. Many have made the trek to high grade pipe mecca to study with the master carvers. They have brought back an entire school of technique and aesthetic and made it their own. Others combine the traditional and freehand styles in a unique combination. Regardless of their influences, many of these American pipe makers are pursuing pipe making with a tremendous passion and energy, and an individual spirit, not unlike the one that molded the country.


Others

Belgium: Hilson

Bulgaria: George Boyadjiev (GB Pipes) | Georgi Todorov - Getz

Brazil: Bertoldi

Chile: Leonardo Herrera

China: Leslie Ng (Gloredo) | Zhishan & Mindong Pipe

Greece: Alexander Pipes (Alexandros Zavvos) | Amadeus Pipes

Ireland: Peterson

Mexico: Roberto González González (Pipas de Cochera)

Netherlands: P.G.C. Hajenius | Koninklijke Fabriek van Tabakspijpen (Royal Dutch Pipe Factory) Elbert Gubbels (Brands: Amphora, Big Ben, Hilson, Royal Dutch) | Bernard Myburgh (Don Bernard Pipes)

New Zealand: Don Speden (now Japan) | Jan Zeman

Norway: BÃ¥rd Hansen (Tabago)

Portugal: Elie (also living in Belgium) | Joao Reis

Romania: Gabos Costin Iuliu (Gabos Pipes)

Slovenia: Gregor Lobnik

Uruguay: Pedro Ferrizzo

Off site links (related to pipe smoking)

BPipaClub.com (La pagina del Barcelona Pipa Club sobre pipas y tabacos más activa para toda la comunidad de habla hispana )

Smokers Forums (an active international online pipe-smoking community committed to a civil tone)

Pipes.org (lots of great links and a wealth of information)

NASPC.org (North American Society of Pipe Collectors)

A.S.P (the web home of alt.smokers.pipes, a very active and interesting newsgroup)

TobaccoReviews.com (a fantastic site to research tobaccos you might enjoy)

Smoking pipe (tobacco) article on Wikipedia

PipeMakersForum.com (Great information on pipe making and fellowship with pipe makers)

WikiPipa. Enciclopedia Virtual de la Pipa

La Pipa. La página en castellano sobre la pipa y el tabaco

Gray Fox Online Forum (General pipe smoking forum with an emphasis on old and new Kaywoodies)

The French pipes and tobacco discussion group

Pipes et tabacs :http://groups.google.fr/group/Pipes-et-tabacs/topics?hl=fr

Groupe Fumeurs de Pipe (The first French group about pipes, pipe makers, and tobaccos)

Fumeurs de Pipe (A French site dedicated to pipes, pipe makers, and so on...)

Christian Pipe Smokers (An active group of pipe smokers that also discuss theology)

"Toward a Theology of Pipesmoking," (a humorous tract by the Rev. Arthur D. Yunker; permission granted by author)

Club de Pipafumadores del Uruguay 2001 (since 2001 - en internet desde el 10/8/2001)

PipeClub.info (Russian Speaking Pipesmokers Association)

Pipe Village (The portal for worldwide Chinese pipe smokers, dealers and makers, since 2001)