Michael does not make a large number of pipes each year, 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 high a degree as he does bowls. Hand picking much of his briar blocks, his pipes end up smooth, elegantly and ruggedly blasted, or delicately rusticated. One may also find horn, bamboo, or other exotic materials to accent the pieces. On Michael's best pipes, the stems have an ornate inlay consisting of pieces of abalone shell. Courtesy SmokingPipes.com
From Michael's website: A Synopsis - of who I am and what I do:
My name is Michael Parks and I am an avid outdoorsman.
Predominantly I am a Virginia Leaf smoker, specifically Red Virginia Ribbon.
Regarding the craft of pipemaking I have a particular interest in utilizing exotic materials like Fossilized Mammoth Tusk, Bog Oak(Morta), Mokume or Amber, for example. Often my work explores new artistic progressions that unify natural, architectural and antique elements.
On the other hand, however, I also have a deep appreciation for and enjoy creating English 'Classic' pipes. These designs require a focus on balance and symmetry that is refreshing.
Producing fine craft and your appreciation of it is rewarding, and this is what compels me to make tobacco pipes.
Michael Parks, 41 Temperance Street, PO Box 314, Station Main, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3L1, Canada. Phone: 905.244.0591 Email: mailto:Michael@ParksPipes.com Website: Parks Pipes