Tidying Up an Elliot Nachwalter Briar Workshop Florida Freehand Horn

The history of Elliott Nachwalter’s career as a pipemaker and designer is in many ways the history of the American hand-made pipemaking tradition. In 1976 he formed The Briar Workshop with Jorg Jemelka in Vermont. Jemelka was fascinated with automated production, and the company acquired some turn of the century pipe-making equipment from Erlich’s of Boston, which Jemelka modified to be able to produce true … Continue reading Tidying Up an Elliot Nachwalter Briar Workshop Florida Freehand Horn

Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

I’ve had the parts of this pipe in a ziplock bag in my refurb box for some time, and decided to pull it out for a look a few days ago. Despite a layer of dust and a crust of lava on the rim, this Peter Stokkebye Volcano had the undeniable appeal of a most capable Danish pipe-maker. I liked the overall lines of the … Continue reading Stem Repairs and a New Tenon for a Peter Stokkebye 911 Volcano

A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand

This large pipe came to me for refurbishment in the latest lot from a fellow piper living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. I’ve worked on quite a few pipes for him over the last year, and this particular Blatter proved to be quite a challenge. To begin with, as you can see in the pics below, the pipe was in dire need of a good cleaning when … Continue reading A Thorough Scouring and a New Tenon for a Robert Blatter Signature Select Dublin Freehand