Handmade briar smoking pipes

Hi! My name is Alexander Bondarev. I live and work in St Petersburg, Russia. I specialize at making handmade pipes from briar which is a burl of a small Mediterranean tree called Erica Arborea. Once being a hobby now it’s evolved into my beloved job.

My pipes mean materials of exceptional quality, painstaking performance, and the most crucially, perfect engineering and a perfectionistic eye for details.

35 306 rur $619 515 euros
Bamboo Blowfish
2017-09-17
18x36mm 180mm 49g
27 765 rur $487 405 euros
Smooth Billiard
2017-09-16
20x39mm 143mm 39g
sold
Smooth Bent
2017-09-09
20x41mm 131mm 44g
sold
Apple With Buddha Bamboo
2017-09-04
20x35mm 121mm 57g
sold
Bamboo Pipe
2017-09-05
19x38mm 139mm 29g
sold
Smooth Pot
2017-07-29
20x34mm 149mm 37g
sold
Smooth Bamboo Apple
2017-06-19
20x36mm 157mm 34g
25 023 22 520 rur 439 $395 365 328 euros
Smooth Plateaux Dublin
2017-07-30
19x38mm 131mm 33g
sold
Huge Dublin With Buddha Bamboo
2017-06-14
19x32mm 152mm
sold
Smooth Horn
2017-06-15
19x40mm 168mm
sold
Smooth Lovat
2017-05-20
19x36mm 140mm 27g
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Smooth Billiard
2017-05-19
22x39mm 141mm 33g
sold
Smooth Loverpool
2017-05-05
18x36mm 155mm 34g
sold
Elephant Foot
2017-05-04
19x40mm 135mm 59g
sold
Stump
2017-04-13
20x37mm 165mm 64g
sold
Smooth Billiard
2017-05-22
20x38mm 140mm 41g
sold
Sandblasted Bamboo Pipe
2017-04-03
20x34mm 160mm 28g
sold
Smooth Bent Dublin
2017-03-31
20x34mm 141mm 58g

About pipes I make

It takes several days to make each smoking pipe. Most of the time is spent on internal unnoticed but very important works that are the keystone of getting pleasure from the process of smoking a pipe. It’s a fine length adjustment of a mouthpiece tenon, removing drilling burrs, sanding of pipe shank and mouthpiece channels, polishing of mouthpiece channel, wide and deep lip bore chambering.

Although these trivia are often ignored by pipe manufacturers I believe they are of the very last importance. The pipe with a smooth channel without burrs and dramatic narrowing and widening makes tobacco smoke drier, doesn’t gurgle and can be easily cleaned to dryness with a brush. A correct lip bore directs the smoke as a wide flat slow stream, not a thin fast jet that blisters a tongue.

From a great variety of smoking pipe types and shapes I prefer classical straight models. From time to time I make freehand ones. I especially like long-bowled pipes. But my favourite type is a so-called Canadian smoking pipe. I make them more often than other types. They are best-sellers. A modern nosewarmer pipes trend is a sealed book to me. My pipes are always of full length. Even if I am tasked to make a light pipe to smoke “between teeth” I usually prefer to reduce the weight rather than shorten the pipe.

Considering that I make only a few smoking pipes a month I use the manufacture date as a marking. Each pipe has a special stamp showing the year, month and day of birth next to my maker’s mark.


Articles about pipe smoking

How to choose a smoking pipe?

How to choose a smoking pipe?

I you are just are going to start pipe smoking, read this article first. It will help you not to make mistakes while choosing your first pipe.

Smoking pipes shapes

Smoking pipes shapes

In this article I will tell you about main pipe shapes. About straight and bent pipes, classical pipes and freehands, about advantages, disadvantages and features of different shapes.

My Favorite Pipe Tobaccos

My Favorite Pipe Tobaccos

The list os tobaccos I smoke the most often. I love full- and medium-bodied virginias.

Canadian, Lumberman, Lovat, Liverpool

Canadian, Lumberman, Lovat, Liverpool

These four classical shapes are very similar and often confused. They all have straight long shank, short stem and billiard bowl. The differences are in the shapes of shank and stem.


Video

I have made a 50 minutes video with full process of pipe making. Hope my english is understandable enough.

Pipe making video


Pipes Archive

Year: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
Finish: smooth, sandblasted, rusticated
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