This is a pipe. At least if you're viewing these in person anyway. While mounted here for display, every one of these works of art is also a functional pipe. Whether to remove it for use or to leave it for viewing is up to the individual.


My approach to pipe making is to start imagining the shapes that I might get out of the rough chunk of wood I have in my hand. I try to find the shape that will best showcase the natural characteristics. At times this is a traditional pipe maker's shape. Other times, it's very much the opposite. If I do have a particular shape in mind, I search for the block of wood that is going to best match the picture in my head. I allow for adjustments and make complete course changes based on what the wood reveals as I carve and sand. I also use dyes and finishes to further accentuate or exaggerate the wood's inherent qualities. This collection also contains a few fun experiments in shape.


Each of these pipes is hand-made from a wood species, such as briar, that is traditional to pipe making. The stems are hand-carved and bent from either acrylic or polyurethane. An internal nylon tenon holds the stem and wood together. The briar used in this set is from Greece. It is cut from the ground-level roots of the Erica arborea bush, which is grown for a minimum of 40 years before being dug up. These blocks were then dried for several years before I turned them into what you see before you.


The specific materials used are listed next to each pipe's name.