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I am '''Elie''', living and working in '''Portugal''' and in '''Belgium'''.
There's not that much to be told about me. I'm a mostly self taught pipe maker who is passionate about this art. As you will notice from the images: I don't stick to one style, one material. I love to work with briar (at this moment Algerian), but even more with '''olive'''- and '''strawberry'''-wood, that I harvest, cut, select and dry myself in Portugal. So: from the tree to the customer, it all passes through my hands. The mark on my pipes says: '''"Handmade by Elie Belgium"'''. But your pipe may have travelled a lot. From Portugal to Belgium where it was roughly cut and drilled, back to Portugal to make the pipe until almost finished, and than back to Belgium where it is polished, and than to the pipe smoker. Or just "all done in Belgium" (except for the material preparation).
Olive wood isn't used that much in pipes, and I never saw one made of strawberry wood, Medronheiro. But I like the waves that are completely different from briar grain. There are a lot of myths hanging around in the pipe-world around olive-wood pipes. They would burn through rapidly, would turn fast to a bitter taste, etc. None of this is true. Any pipe that is misused as a furnace might burn through. And my own olive-wood pipe still smokes without bitterness.

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