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[[Image:Michael_Parks.jpg|left|thumb|300|Michael Parks]][[File:Giant Whirlwind.jpg|thumb|300px|Giant Whirlwind]]'''From Michael's [http://www.parkspipes.com/ website]: A Synopsis - of who I am and what I do''':
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[[Image:Michael_Parks.jpg|left|thumb|Michael Parks]][[File:Giant Whirlwind.jpg|thumb|300px|Giant Whirlwind]][[File:MichaelPark&AdamDavidson.jpg|thumb|300px|Michael Parks (left) with [[Adam Davidson]]]]Michael Parks is a high-grade pipe maker from Canada, and fits the stereotype of a very friendly, kind, and generous person. He's been crafting pipes for about a decade, and gained a lot of attention early on, not only making terrific classic designs, but by bringing new life back to old designs inspired by Charatan mixed with his own aesthetic and extra level of craftsmanship. Producing not only large, voluptuous pipes, many of his creations can border fragility in either their individual weight, or nearly unheard of attention to detail, be they multi-faceted or enrobed with ribbons of briar. He is one of the few artisans that a collector might strongly consider never letting a certain creation come anywhere near flame. Boxed sets, amazing sculptures, and mirror finishes are a few of the things this man approaches with confidence.
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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 [http://www.smokingpipes.com/pipes/new/michael-parks/index.cfm SmokingPipes.com]
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'''From Michael's [http://www.parkspipes.com/ website]: A Synopsis - of who I am and what I do''':
  
 
My name is '''Michael Parks''' and I am an avid outdoorsman.
 
My name is '''Michael Parks''' and I am an avid outdoorsman.
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  Phone: 905.244.0591
 
  Phone: 905.244.0591
 
  Email: mailto:Michael@ParksPipes.com Website: [http://www.parkspipes.com/ Parks Pipes]
 
  Email: mailto:Michael@ParksPipes.com Website: [http://www.parkspipes.com/ Parks Pipes]
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You might also enjoy listening to Brian Levine's interview with Michael on the [http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/radio-talk-show/the-pipes-magazine-radio-show-episode-2/ Pipes Magazine Radio Show]
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*Brian Levine's interview with Michael on the [http://pipesmagazine.com/blog/radio-talk-show/the-pipes-magazine-radio-show-episode-2/ Pipes Magazine Radio Show]
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*A blog post about Michael visiting with pipemaker, Adam Davidsion at [http://www.smokingpipes.com/blog/index.cfm?mode=cat&category_id=F3E59F54-4040-2C66-2D9B5F038FF94778 Smokingpipes.com]
 
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Latest revision as of 20:02, 30 June 2014

Michael Parks
Giant Whirlwind
Michael Parks (left) with Adam Davidson

Michael Parks is a high-grade pipe maker from Canada, and fits the stereotype of a very friendly, kind, and generous person. He's been crafting pipes for about a decade, and gained a lot of attention early on, not only making terrific classic designs, but by bringing new life back to old designs inspired by Charatan mixed with his own aesthetic and extra level of craftsmanship. Producing not only large, voluptuous pipes, many of his creations can border fragility in either their individual weight, or nearly unheard of attention to detail, be they multi-faceted or enrobed with ribbons of briar. He is one of the few artisans that a collector might strongly consider never letting a certain creation come anywhere near flame. Boxed sets, amazing sculptures, and mirror finishes are a few of the things this man approaches with confidence.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Off Site Links