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Creation of Heinemann Freehand Pipes

There are several approaches to create outstanding tobacco pipes.
Let me show you how I make them.

The Ingredients

It all starts with selecting high-quality materials

Aged briar

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.

After roughly sketching the shape on the ebauchon, I use an old band saw for first cutting

…a very old band saw, indeed

Further shaping on a self-made grinder

This step is quite fast, but you have to be careful not to ruin the shape

The shape is slowly braking out of the briar ebauchon

Further shaping is done with a belt sander

…allowing for more detailed work

Now you see the briar’s quality and grain

Next step is to prepare for drilling

…using cutting-edge “laser” technology 🙂

Ready for drilling. Maybe I should call this shape “little dragon”?

I use a seasoned but accurate turning lathe for drilling

If you want to see the whole process in motion, please watch the video on the homepage:

Handmade stem

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.

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