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Handmade briar smoking pipes

Hi! My name is Alexander Bondarev. I live and work in St Petersburg, Russia. I specialize at making handmade pipes from briar which is a burl of a small Mediterranean tree called Erica Arborea. Once being a hobby now it’s evolved into my beloved job.

My pipes mean materials of exceptional quality, painstaking performance, and the most crucially, perfect engineering and a perfectionistic eye for details.

sold
Bamboo Pickaxe
2016-08-22
19x38mm 170mm 47g
29 389 rur $458 400 euros
Smooth Cherrywood With Boxtree
2016-08-19
21x35mm 133mm 44g
sold
Rusticated Poker
2016-08-18
20x39mm 150mm 65g
sold
Bent Brandy
2016-08-08
20x38mm 144mm 48g
29 389 rur $458 400 euros
Sandblasted Canadian
2016-08-02
20x40mm 160mm 40g
sold
Large Billiard
2016-08-01
20x40mm 156mm 54g
32 328 rur $504 440 euros
Smooth Horn
2016-07-29
20x37mm 156mm 68g
sold
Bent Apple
2016-07-28
20x35mm 150mm 57g
sold
Black Rusticated Poker
2016-07-27
22x37mm 143mm 66g
sold
Large Smooth Dublin
2016-07-18
21x40mm 165mm 75g
sold
Smooth Straight Apple
2016-07-17
20x40mm 140mm 49g
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Smooth Canadian
2016-07-16
20x40mm 148mm 46g
sold
Sandblasted Tomato
2016-07-12
20x36mm 141mm 82g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2016-07-11
19x35mm 134mm 30g
sold
Smooth Bent Egg
2016-07-08
19x39mm 151mm 59g

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Video

I have made a 50 minutes video with full process of pipe making. Hope my english is understandable enough.

Pipe making video


About pipes I make

It takes several days to make each smoking pipe. Most of the time is spent on internal unnoticed but very important works that are the keystone of getting pleasure from the process of smoking a pipe. It’s a fine length adjustment of a mouthpiece tenon, removing drilling burrs, sanding of pipe shank and mouthpiece channels, polishing of mouthpiece channel, wide and deep lip bore chambering.

Although these trivia are often ignored by pipe manufacturers I believe they are of the very last importance. The pipe with a smooth channel without burrs and dramatic narrowing and widening makes tobacco smoke drier, doesn’t gurgle and can be easily cleaned to dryness with a brush. A correct lip bore directs the smoke as a wide flat slow stream, not a thin fast jet that blisters a tongue.

From a great variety of smoking pipe types and shapes I prefer classical straight models. From time to time I make freehand ones. I especially like long-bowled pipes. But my favourite type is a so-called Canadian smoking pipe. I make them more often than other types. They are best-sellers. A modern nosewarmer pipes trend is a sealed book to me. My pipes are always of full length. Even if I am tasked to make a light pipe to smoke “between teeth” I usually prefer to reduce the weight rather than shorten the pipe.

Considering that I make only a few smoking pipes a month I use the manufacture date as a marking. Each pipe has a special stamp showing the year, month and day of birth next to my maker’s mark.


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How to choose a smoking pipe?

How to choose a smoking pipe?

I you are just are going to start pipe smoking, read this article first. It will help you not to make mistakes while choosing your first pipe.

Smoking pipes shapes

Smoking pipes shapes

In this article I will tell you about main pipe shapes. About straight and bent pipes, classical pipes and freehands, about advantages, disadvantages and features of different shapes.

My Favorite Pipe Tobaccos

My Favorite Pipe Tobaccos

The list os tobaccos I smoke the most often. I love full- and medium-bodied virginias.

Canadian, Lumberman, Lovat, Liverpool

Canadian, Lumberman, Lovat, Liverpool

These four classical shapes are very similar and often confused. They all have straight long shank, short stem and billiard bowl. The differences are in the shapes of shank and stem.