"buzzjack" John Allen about himself:
"I have been in the pipe repair business for 23 years with Epiperepairs.com, and just recently started making my own pipes. (In 2007.) I start with quality aged briar (the same briar that Tim West and other well known pipe carvers use). I carve, drill, bore, sand, stain, buff, and polish the briar, and i fit it with a custom made stem. Most pipe makers who create their own pipes spend 80% of the work time on just the sanding (i know because they would send them to me to install a stem). Because of all the hours spent on sanding, the retail of their pipes would be $200.00 to $300.00. I have decided to spend less time on sanding to keep the prices down. My pipes will smoke as well as a more expensive pipe, but at much less of a cost, especially for a hand made pipe. My shop has all the tools as the well known carvers: Band Saw, Belt Sanders, Flat Sander, 1/4 Rounded Lathe Sander, plus all of the hand held tools needed to get the job done. Even though i have the machinery to get the pipes done, i still do most of the work with my hands and eyes. I feel this gives my work a true hand made result."
John Allen offered his first pipes as "Roughriders". More recently they get stamped "Allen".
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John Allen 144 Linebrook Road Ipswich, MA 01938 USA Phone: 978 500 7704 E-mail: email@example.com