About

About me and my pipes

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I was born in 1972 and am living with my wife, Kicki, and my two sons in the city of Halmstad, situated at the west coast of Sweden. Since childhood I have had a great interest in woodwork—perhaps it is in my blood as many of my ancestors have been cabinetmakers. For many years I tried my hands at a variety of professions, until I in 2004 decided to become a teacher in woodwork.

I took a great interest in making knives and actually it was a Swedish knifemaker, Börje Thelberg, who got me interested in pipe-making, as he himself had a desire to make pipes. But there was a problem—I had not been smoking a pipe since in my youth, and back then it was mainly corncobs. So at a visit to Gothenburg I bought a pipe (it was a Chacom) and a tin of tobacco and in the beautiful surroundings of the local botanical gardens I smoked my first pipe for many years. And I was caught—it was great.

I searched the net and found that there actually were quite a lot of pipemakers in Sweden. I was especially happy to find that one of them, Gurra Markunger, was living in my own town. I paid Gurra a visit and then the ball started to roll quickly. I visited Ronny Thunér, Bengt Carlson, Anders Nilsson and Martin Vollmer, Love&Sara Geiger and was astonished by the openness and helpfulness all of them showed me. They willingly shared all their knowledge, gave advice and helped me to find necessary tools and material so that I could start building a workshop in the basement of our house. That workshop was ready in 2010.

It was a great experience for me to visit the Pipe Show in Chicago in May 2012 and I was really happy about the great interest in my pipes. Hopefully I will be back at that show for many years to come.

About my pipes
All my pipes are made from Mediterranean briar of the best quality and the stems are handcut from ebonite. The pipes are available in a smooth or sandblasted finish, sometimes a combination of both, and they are stamped with my initials and the country of origin. Adornments from different kinds of wood, horn, bamboo and other materials may sometimes be used.

 I also make ashtrays, pipe-stands, tampers and other things connected to pipe-smoking in various local and domestic kinds of wood.  
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