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.
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.
I have made a 50 minutes video with full process of pipe making. Hope my english is understandable enough.
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.
Articles about pipe smoking
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.
The list os tobaccos I smoke the most often. I love full- and medium-bodied virginias.
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.