After making several tobacco pipes for friends and acquaintances, I decided to make one for myself. I hardly ever smoke, but I keep getting requests for custom pipes and I want to have at least one of my own to show to prospective customers.
I’m playing with a simple light box setup for photo shoots, and I’m also experimenting with the photo-editing features on my computer.
This is my maker’s mark, cut with a single gouge.
I was a Tolkien fan before the movies came out, but I rather like the long-stem pipes (traditionally called “churchwardens”) featured in the movies to date. I’ve taken to calling this one my “Shire pipe.”