Creative Briar Pipes
From Al's website Creativebriarpipes.com:
For the pipe enthusiast that may find the history of Creative Briar Pipes interesting, I would be happy to give you a brief narrative of past events.
Creative Briar Pipes was established in 1972. I purchased my first pipe in 1970, and as any pipe smoker knows, you need more than one pipe. I located a pipe shop that manufactured their own pipes, Malaga Pipes in Royal Oak Michigan. After talking to the owner Manny Khoubesser about pipe making, I purchased one of his pipes and mentioned to him I would like to try making a pipe for myself, that was the beginning of a great friendship. After two years of questions that Manny was always willing to give me the time to answer, and a lot of plateau briar blocks, I began to acquire a sense of style and technique that produced a pipe that was appealing to the eye, and also enjoyable to smoke. It was then when I felt accomplished enough to manufacture my freehand pipes to sell. I began selling pipes to friends and acquaintance. Soon after, I started to sell pipes to pipe shops in the area. I continued making freehand pipes for about ten years. As my family grew and my job as a wood model maker for the automotive industry required more of my time, I found less time to spend on pipe making. I eventually had to set my pipe business aside.
I am now retired as a wood model maker, and my three children are grown and on their own. I have found myself with all the time I need to devote to making freehand pipes, and I am enjoying it more than ever. As a model maker for 38 years, I acquired an eye for symmetry and a style for smooth flowing lines, that I apply to my pipes, creating a unique and artistic quality. My pipes are drilled on a fixture I developed to insure perfect alignment and accuracy on every pipe. My pipe making today is a true labor of love.
Sincerely Yours Al Perkowski
Al Perkowski 40383 Capitol Drive Sterling Heights, MI 48313 Phone: (586) 247-4073 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org