Pipe smokers enjoy a privilege that others can only dream of – they have a personal tool: their pipe. For some, it is an extension of themselves and they go to great efforts to find the perfect pipe in terms of smoking experience and looks. To other more prosaic-minded people, it is merely a tool for tobacco consumption.
This book investigates the properties of pipes in general, mainly the most prized of them all: the briar pipe. How it is made; what differentiates a good pipe from a mediocre pipe; and why some people are prepared to pay thousands of dollars for a pipe?
Furthermore, this book portrays some of the Danish pipe masters who produce the “Stradivariuses” of pipes. Their craftsmanship and love of pipes jumps off the pages and the photos will make even non-smokers long for a pipe of their own. The process, from where the briar is dug up, to the moment when a skilled pipe master creates a beautiful pipe from the humble burl, is all portrayed. Pipe masters are truly producing functional works of art.