Mark Price is a part time pipe maker from Springfield, MO. When Mark’s friend and fellow pipe maker, Matt Roussell, started making pipes, it piqued Mark’s interest in the hobby as a whole.
Soon Mark had acquired several estate pipes, tobacco, and was intrigued by the pipe making process. A long time wood worker, it was inevitable that he try his hand at it.
Influenced by Todd M. Johnson, Jody Davis, Tyler Beard and Jeff Gracik, Mark began applying his skill to the craft. Early on it was clear that Mark had natural talent when it came to capturing the essentials of design. In a short amount of time, and with tutelage from other high profile American carvers, Mark began to produce pieces that are quite impressive. Flowing curves, lines, and well sculpted panels are all characteristics of Mark’s work. Mark’s production is currently low, however you can be sure that every piece is exceptional, the work of a gifted craftsman. Courtesy, Smoker's Haven
Mark, who is only on his 37th pipe, is focusing his time & energy not on the business side but rather on the subtle & minute details related to pipe design.
Mark will literally spend several hours scratching his head about how to make this or that line on a pipe. As Mark says it himself: “Its a very slow process for me but I do want to stop & think about it at every step. I don’t like making mistakes. I want it done right. If there is a better way to finish a pipe I am working on right now, I want to learn that new method.” Do you think Mark is a perfectionist? Mark is creative design soul searching & with each pipe he is trying to figure out how to make it better before he even starts on it.
With that kind of mind set, Mark is not ready to make this a full time business because he wont be able to make enough pipes per month to survive. Soon though, he will get into his comfort zone and start producing faster. I imagine that Mark’s personality will always be pushing the design envelope in one way or another. Watch out for this guy. With less than 40 pipes under his belt he has great potential to become one of the best in the US. Courtesy, Tobaccodays.com:
- Brian Levine did a wonderful interview with Mark on the Pipes Magazine Radio Show
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