Creation of Heinemann Freehand Pipes
There are several approaches to create outstanding tobacco pipes.
Let me show you how I make them.
It all starts with selecting high-quality materials
I get my briar plateaus directly from briar cutters from Italy, Spain or Greece.
High quality stem and application materials
All my stems are hand made of German Ebonite. For applications and inlays I use beautiful woods, bone or horn. Mostly, I add fine detailed spacer made of different layers of veneer.
Outlining the design
Often, I draw quick sketches to develop my design ideas. Also, each Heinemann Pipe is shipped with a sealed drawing of the final pipe's design.
Briar bowl & shank
Carving out the pipe's wooden body from the briar ebauchon. Starting point is the design sketch, but the final shape follows the character of the wood to bring out the beauty of the grain as clearly as possible.
If you want to see the whole process in motion, please watch the video on the homepage:
All stems are handmade from high-quality German ebonite. I spend a lot of time and effort to get smooth transition from briar to stem, good smoking characteristics and a pleasant feeling to the mouth.
Staining and finish
Pipes with perfect or near-perfect wood receive a smooth and polished, high-contrast finish. Other pipes are sandblast, with a beautiful feeling to the hands.
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