Though guitar making is my primary passion, I do spend some time making other wood projects in order to widen my skill set as well as learn new things that can make me better at guitar making and wood working in general. My love of "Hobbit" pipes stems from a long time love of the Lord of the Rings, where the churchwarden style of pipe was brought back into the mainstream. The style and design of these pieces is elegant, tasteful, and because of the long stem they have a cool smoke that is pleasing to any pipe smoker. I make my pipes and stems from a variety of wood species including Maple (Acer), Walnut, Liptus, Mahogany, and Spanish Cedar. I have not done any work with Briar due to the expense, which greatly increases how much I have to charge for a hand-made pipe. Though Briar is the most common pipe material, many great pipes have been made from other wood species like Maple, Cherry, and Walnut. My stems are also made completely from wood, meaning they have a natural feel and taste which is sometimes preferred over the plastic pipe stems available on commercial churchwardens. There are pictures and a gallery here where you can see some of the different styles and lengths that are available, and all pipes are made as they are ordered so they can be fully customized by the client at that time.
My pipes are designed so that the angle where the stem meets the bowl is 45 degrees or steeper, allowing them to be held at a lower angle, and the owner have a more comfortable smoke. Most long stem pipes out there don't have such a steep angle which means the pipe has to be held out further to keep the bowl level. This is not a comfortable position to be in for very long. I designed my pipes to be true to the images seen in the movies where the pipes are angled lower, and held around chest level in a comfortable and natural position. Prices start at $50