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In 1997 Pipes & Tobaccos magazine held its first pipecarving contest. I struggled a bit but managed to get an entry finished by working on weekends during the summer, and was astonished to learn that my pipe had beaten out 120+ other entries to win first-place. Suddenly I was getting email from people wanting to buy pipes, so I tried making a few pipes that were worth selling. At this point I was still working on a 2x4 nailed to a pair of sawing braces in the corner of my garage, and the only tools I had were a bench grinder motor and a Dremel.

  • The Winner
    The Winner
  • The Saruman
    The Saruman
  • The Manta
    The Manta