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Independent Pipe Maker

el_mustango

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Hey all,

It’s been a while since I’ve been active on these forums so I hope everyone is doing well. Truth is, I haven’t really been smoking much these days (cigars or pipes). But, I recently discovered that my grandfather ran a local pipe shop - Vottis Pipe Shop in Amsterdam, NY. I inherited a piece of briarwood from him and I’d like to get it made into a usable pipe. I think it would be a nice tribute to him.

So my question is this: does anyone active on these forums make pipes or does anyone have any suggestions for independent pipe makers who might be willing to make a single pipe for me?

Thanks,
Dan
 

Bostoneo

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Welcome home! Reaching out to one of the many of the independent pipemakers sounds like a stellar idea. Maybe theres a certain one whos styles you like, of course cutting into the briar you never know what flaws there may be of course.
 

ak2000

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Assuming you're in the USA, I would think a pipemaker in the states would be the most economical. I would suggest reaching out to Mark Tinsky, Tim West, Dave Neeb, and Neal Monier to see if any would consider your project. Good luck

P.S. that looks like a hobby block, hopefully the Briar is quality all the way through.
 
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el_mustango

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I just wanted to follow up. Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions on indie pipe makers. As I mentioned above, I spoke with Neil Monier, and he made me an absolutely fantastic pipe that has exceeded my expectations in every way. On top of that, Neil seems like a tremendous human being and was a delight to work with. I highly recommend him and his pipes.

With that out of the way, and without further ado, here is the pipe:

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mitetak

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I just wanted to follow up. Thanks to those of you who offered suggestions on indie pipe makers. As I mentioned above, I spoke with Neil Monier, and he made me an absolutely fantastic pipe that has exceeded my expectations in every way. On top of that, Neil seems like a tremendous human being and was a delight to work with. I highly recommend him and his pipes.

With that out of the way, and without further ado, here is the pipe:

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gorgeous!
 
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