Hello, I am Elie. I'm a pipe carver, making hand made, freehand tobacco pipes. I'm living and working in France.
There's not that much to be told about me. I'm a mostly self taught pipe maker who is passionate about this art of carving freehands out of briar and strawberry tree wood. As you will notice from the images: I don't stick to one style, one material. Not traditional, not standard. I like to stretch the boundaries of traditional handmade pipes. My aim is to create beauty on a few square inches.
As you will also notice: my prices are moderate. 'Wholesale' prices, due to direct sale from pipe maker to pipe smoker. Considering most pipe retailers sell for double and more than they bought from the artisan: double my prices, and you will know the 'retail-value'.
About quality : I have 4 grades.
A: Best quality. Collector's grade.
B: Small flaws, hardly noticeable, like a small sandpit.
C: Something went wrong, but it is perfectly smokeable. Maybe the flaw won't mind to you. Merely esthetically.
R: Reject. In this case, something went horribly wrong, but I hate to throw away a perfectly smokable pipe. I won't forget the times, when I couldn't afford myself a freehand. Today there are still a lot of people in that situation, and theire number is growing. I will loose money on this grade, but I don't mind.
I hope you will enjoy my pipes and my site. Thank you for visiting and bookmark me please.
"I wasn't born to follow"