Home About Me Pipes Tampers Videos Newsletter Guestbook Links




Masters of the North
Masters of the North !!!

After bit of a delay, I did finished editing my second pipe DVD called "Masters of the North". As it was the case with the first one, I did enjoyed both parts, the filming and editing it.

Join me on the trip around north of Europe, starting with pipe show in Cuxhaven. We continue our travel stopping at well known master craftsmen such as Rainer Barbi in Germany, Hans (Former) Neilsen and Tom Eltang in Denmark and finally Bo Nordh in Sweden.

See how the famous hand crafted pipes are created by these very individual artisans, and along the way visit the famous W.O.Larsen pipes shop, and museum in Copemhagen, and witness the finish of the Tall Ship race in Cuxhaven as an extra bonus.

This 52 min DVD is a joy to watch and if you own pipe or two crafted by the above artists you will have an even better understanding and appreciation of it.

You can order your copy of this unique DVD from the videos section.

You may ask why do I go to all the trouble of making these DVD's? Well there are two reasons for it, first is that I do enjoy meeting the people involved in pipe making and the second is that I do feel it is important to record today's activity for further reference.

The first DVD was filmed in 2001 and the second one in 2004 and even in such a short time there events which can not be recorded today and are already part of our pipe history. Less and less people harvest the briar, more shops are closing and our great hobby is for ever more threatened by "politically correct" individuals, forcing us more and more into obscurity.

Since my last visit to Copenhagen, the unique pipe store and museum of W.O.Larsen closed its door and master pipe maker Bo Nordh passed away. As I can not afford to write a book, making a DVD is within my capability and I hope that this way I can pass on and make our great hobby available to wider audience and to record some of it for our younger generations...

I think every one of us, being pipe maker or pipe smoker who firmly believe in our hobby, have responsibility to educate and inform as wide audience as possible, that what we are involved in is not a criminal activity to be outlawed at the earlier opportunity. That pipe smoking can be and is beneficial to our health being if practise in moderation and that in our high stressed society the pipe smoking has a unique place as a relaxation tool and should be treated with respect it deserves.

So if you own one or more pipes from carver mentioned in "Masters of the North" and would like to find out how and what went into creating pipe like yours, please buy one or both copies from me, and you can be sure you'll enjoy them both and at the same time your contribution will help me to carry on and keep filming and recording our unique history of pipes and tobacco, thank you...






La Luna "Extra"
Straight grain, hand cut stem, beautiful pipe...
It's all in the lines !!!

As you know I like fine lines and I enjoyed myself in creating "La Luna" and its flowing shape.

This is very nice medium size Freehand pipe in "Signature Extra" class with natural Plateaux top. Straight grain is very tight on the right hand side where I flattened the bowl and the pipe is fitted with hand cut stem cut from high quality German Ebonite. The pipe has generous bowl capacity and yet is very light and well balanced...very elegant pipe indeed...






La Pirana
Stunning Blowfish with hand cut Acrylic stem...
Colour or Plain !!!

Most of my hand cut stems are made from high quality German Ebonite or Cumberland, well almost all in fact until now, that is.

I don't know why, whether I just got bored with the plain black color, or if I received another request for Acrylic stem, something in me said, lets try Acrylic. And while at it let's see if introduction of color would make it bit more exiting, hence few pipes with hand cut Acrylic stems of unusual visual characteristics...

I love Blowfish shapes and "La Pirana" is certainly stunning pipe with plenty of birds eyes and nice cross grain. "La Pirana" is fitted with one of my new design, hand cut Acrylic stem, black with fine red and yellow line running trough it. I must say I like the result and I hope it will strike a note with some of you as well. There are couple of tiny sand pits which have been stabilized and they are almost invisible, however I did place this pipe in a lower class to reflect this. This is very nice pipe, light, well balanced and will smoke like a dream...with a new colourful twist...




Trilobite
Large Bulgog shaped grooved freehand...
Pipe with a twist !!!

Another pipe with a new colourful Acrylic stem...

This pipe is a large freehand almost Buldog shaped, and is fitted with hand cut Acrylic stem in dark blue with white line running trough it and white Delrin tenon.I did enjoyed carving this pipe and had a hard time at the same time as number of pits appeared at various stages of carving. Being large grooved pipe, once you start cutting the grooves there is very little space to avoid sand pits and at the end I gave up on the spotless clean pipe and accepted the fact that they are there. I did stabilize them with glue and in my opinion they do not distract the attention from the pipe, the shape and hand cut Acrylic stem will take your eyes elsewhere. But if you are the person who just can not stand sand pits, do not buy this pipe. I did adjust the price accordingly and I hope someone there will appreciate my two days of work which I've spent on this pipe...Well someone did as this pipe have a new owner at the I am writing this...


Few

Another Classic, 1/2 bent with top of the bowl smooth and the bottom halve rusticated. Nice elegant pipe...


Check out this beauty !!!

I love this pipe, the shape grain and color. It is very nice madiom size apple bulldog shape pipe with square Vulcanite stem. The grain is possibly the best I've seen on any Pavel's pipe and there is only one small fill on the bottom of the shank. Great pipe at a great price...


Smoke in peace.

Jan Zeman
Pipe Maker


Past Newsletters
News from the workbench...
Special offerings...
Season's Greetings !!!
Introducing Jan Kloucek
Been fishing...
Season's Greetings...
New Hodula's
New Pipes
New stems...
New DVD
Briar...does it breathe
What's your view...