I was born in 1963 in Leningrad. I graduated from the Medical Institute. When I was a student I began to study the restoration of furniture and drawing. This was my hobby. I also started my experiments in pipe making because the aesthetics of pipe smoking interested me since childhood, and in those days pipes for sale were scarce. I only seriously began pipe production recently, when both information and materials became accessible in Russia.
All pipes are completely hand made. Machine tools are only used for drilling and slitting the mouthpieces. I do not use any templates; therefore the duplication of shapes does not occur. I think that the nonrepeatability of shapes is one of the key advantages of hand made pipes. You can be assured that you will never meet someone else with the same pipe made by me. The similarities will only be in the shape, but the versions of form, size and finishing will be different.
I proceed from the fact that the pipe, first of all, is a smoker's tool; therefore I pay much attention to the things that are important to me as a smoker: to the quality of briar, to the absence of defects in the tobacco chamber, the polishing of the bowl, the correct drilling, to comfort of the mouthpiece. Each pipe passes the pipe cleaner test. Finish is traditional - buffing, polishing and carnauba wax. I don't use varnish.
The pipes are made from Corsican and Algerian briar, which are considered by the experts to be the best. Materials for the mouthpieces come from Italy and Germany. The Teflon tenons, which ensure the ease of dismantling and assembling without the risk of damage, are installed on the majority of mouthpieces.
It is possible to make pipes to order, to your design or my own.