bariMy love of pipes goes back to when I was a lad. It was a time when smoking, in general, was more accepted.  The use of pipes and cigars was more prevalent in society, overall. I can recall many a time being entranced by a particular aroma emanating from some gent’s pipe. I also found that these men were generally very content and happy people.

My experience with pipes has been long and storied. I’ve been fixing and maintaining them almost as long as I’ve smoked one.  My friendship and business dealings with Barry Levin and his “estate” pipes long before I became a pipe maker, was a wonderful experience.  His untimely passing was truly unfortunate and the pipe world owes him a debt of gratitude for his contributions to our hobby. Seems like I caught his and Jim Cooke’s bug for resurrecting old briar.

Today I still rescue and restore old pipes to be enjoyed and I often think if this old briar could talk, it would relate wonderful memories of the solace it  brought  its owner . They guide me to lovingly bring them back to near new to be enjoyed for hopefully another lifetime.

Part of my enjoyable duties here at P&C is to do just that. If you’re interested in restoration or have questions , feel free to write me here at: