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Courtesy, [http://www.smokershaven.com/ SmokersHaven.com]
[[Image:65thkiess.jpg|thumb|300px|Pebbled Brandy Lovat by Bob Kiess, courtesy, [http://www.smokershaven.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=3748 Smokers Haven, 65th Anniversary set]]]Dr. Robert C. Kiess was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and first discovered the joys of pipe smoking while attending Medical School in New York at Columbia University. He now resides in Massachusetts running his practice in Family Medicine and making pipes.
Several years ago, Dr. Kiess discovered a pipemaking book, and then attended Al Bair's two-day apprentice course. A pipemaker was born! After attending a few pipeshows and pipe club meetings, Dr. Kiess wanted to learn more. He spent several days in [[J.M. Boswell]]'s workshop experiencing another valuable lesson. The only skill he was missing now was silver work. Fortunately, he was able to chat with another great pipe maker, [[Rolando Negoita]], and was able to learn the skills necessary to make and fit Silver Bands to his pipes.
He moved to Vermont recently.