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What's your view...

The questions… How do you see the pipe and tobacco scene trough your eyes? Is the pipe just a vessel to burn tobacco, or are you also interested in a pipe as a collectible item or perhaps even art form? Is pipe smoking and pipe collecting hobby or life style for you, or do you just need the nicotine intake?

My view…Well I certainly love my pipe and everything associated with it. I don’t think I would smoke if the pipe would not be around, and I would have to roll my own smokes, even using the same tobacco. The pipe for me has feelings which do change with my moods, sometimes warm and cuddly, sometimes cool and bit distant, allowing me to explore my thoughts, but always available and friendly. Trusted friend on which I can call at any time need arises.

I love the different shapes of pipes, and I enjoy my pipe collection. I love to spent time few times a year to clean them all, and say hello to some which I had no time to smoke in my latest rotation, just to assure them I know they are there and that they are loved as much as the others. I love the smell of well maintained pipe, to feel and see nice patina developing over time, and pipe developing character of its own. And every pipe is so different.

I love to collect and read all the books and magazines on the subject, and being one who also carve pipes for living, I must say that I can’t honestly imagine my life without the pipe, good tobacco, book or magazine. There is something almost magical in our world of pipes, and you my friends are part of it as well…and I would hate to be without your company and without warm pipe in my pocket…but that’s me, what’s your view...?



Blast from the past...

This is a first "Old Sea Dog" which I've sand blasted just last week, to see if I would like the blast finish, and to find out what the clients reaction would be like.

I must say I like it, but the overall look and feel is bit smoother and more gentleman like, rather then like the old sailor look of havy rusticated pipe...so perhaps the sand blast would feel more welcome in today's captain hand then 100 year's ago :-)







Fun and Latitude...

Some of you commented on "Latitude's" being available only in sand blast finish. It got me thinking what else I can do with them, so I had a little play, and this is a result.

I realy got heavy handed and must say that the rustication have nice character to it and it did recieved some positive feed back on one of the forums.

It certainly changes the look of the pipe in dramatic way and I think there might be an opening for this finish in the "Latitude" line after all.

I will call this rough finish "Sea Rock" and will still work on the finish color combination. So far this is a first pipe which I've carved and it is available from me site...




Nerita Green
New Sea Shell shape sandblast, hand cut stem...
One again available...

The first lot of "Sea Shells" sold rather fast and I just had no time to carve any more of them until now. The "Pupurangi" is allready spoken for but lovely "Nerita" is still awaiting for new home.

It is a nice pipe with great sand blast grain and finish and long hand cut Ebonite stem for cooler smoke. You realy have to hold one in your hand to fully appreciate the fine shape and balance. It is hard to photograph, but you can see shots from all side at my site...




Ripley "Superia"
Classic in straight grain and hand cut stem...
Fine Classic...

"Superia" class Signature pipe in classic shape with bit of a Danish streak and hand cut Cumberland stem is a nice pipe indeed.

Very light with beautiful straight grain and in one of my favorite shapes. I think this is again matter of seeing the pipe in real life, as against looking at the photos on my site. It is a little gem and still looking for friendly home to go to...




Bonita
Great freehand pipe, with shape and grain working together, real looker...
You want straight grain...here you have it...

This freehand pipe was carved to show off the fine straight grain to full its potential. Right from the start, I've followed the grain all around the bowl, hence the shape, in an attempt to create pipe which will scream THE straight grain all over and over again.

Nothing will show off the strait grain like flat surface, but for it to work the grain must be good. Well you can have a look at "Bonita" from all sides and decide for yourself if I was right to follow my instinct and to resist the temtation to round it up :-)





Few Hodula's still here...

There are still few very nice pipes from Pavel Hodula available on my site and this halve rusticated bent bulldog is only one of them.

If you are after affordable pipe, please take time and check Pavel's range. I am sure you'll find one or two for you. They are all great smokers at great prices...


Smoke in peace.

Jan Zeman
Pipe Maker


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