Located in the American southwest, I have been a wood worker for many years and even made a living as a custom cabinet and furniture maker for a short time. I am also a Civil War re-enactor. While watching Civil War re-enactment films, it occurred to me that many of the soldiers were smoking pipes or cigars. I had smoked a pipe as a young man in the service and I decided to see if I would enjoy it after a thirty five year hiatus. When an old meerschaum fell apart as I was smoking it and a recently purchased estate pipe burned through on the third bowl of tobacco, I decided that I could make pipes that lasted longer than that. As a result, I began carving pipes out of maple and cherry hardwoods before adding Briar and Morta (Bog Oak). I often use Deer Antler to accentuate the unique character of the pipe.
I am excited by the constant challenge to improve my pipe making skills and learning new techniques such as sandblast finishing. I also carve custom pipes on commission.
As an artisan pipemaker, I have been able to combine my love of woodworking with the pleasure of pipe smoking. I enjoy creating functional hand crafted pipes that express the beauty of the material I am using. Working with my hands relaxes and rejuvenates me.
I traveled around the country and various parts of the world while I was in the service and still treasure those cultural experiences.
Some of my other interests are bicycling, camping, canoeing and socializing with friends.
Member of the North American Society of Pipe Collectors (NASPC)>