Alden Pipes

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Ryan Alden

From the Alden Pipes Website

Alden Pipes are made by hand in Rowlett Texas. The pipes are made of Italian or Algerian Briar. I also offer Morta, Strawberrywood and Olivewood pipes. I am fascinated by the endless beauty of natural materials, and offer accents of Ivory, Horn, Antler and a wide selection of native and exotic wood.

Born in Texas in 1979, I spent my childhood roaming the woods and creeks near the Sabine River in North Texas. Perhaps nothing in life shaped me as much as the quiet solitude of scrub oaks, cracked clay and long summer days. I have spent the rest of my life in and around the city of Dallas, but that love of nature and quiet has never left my soul. Texas schools are strong in arts and vocational training, and over the years I studied Ceramics, Sculpting, Drawing, Painting, Horticulture, Leatherworking, and Wood Turning. I never considered this a foundation, but I find myself drawing on all of these experiences as I move forward and grow as a Pipemaker.

The Alden name crossed the sea from Plymouth England in 1620. John Alden was a Ships Carpenter in England, hired to repair the Mayflower while she lay off Southampton. Hiring on as the ships Cooper, John crossed the Atlantic with the Puritans and joined them as they landed at Plymouth Rock and established the colony of Plymouth Massachusetts. His long list of descendants include Presidents, Inventors, Artists and Writers. The actress Marilyn Monroe, the poet Henry Longfellow and the director Orson Wells all trace their heritage to the marriage of John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and I am proud to carry that name.

You might also enjoy listening to Brian Levine's interview with Ryan on the Pipes Magazine Radio Show.

Contact Information:

Rowlett, TX, 75088
Phone: (214) 537-5267 (between 8am and 10pm Central Standard Time ( GMT -6 ) Monday through Friday)