Believe it or not, I actually like cleaning pipes!
Now, I am studying pipe making, but am not new to carving. As a former maker of Native American flutes, I am inspired
by ritual, nature, and find comfort in pipe tobacco, slight asymmetry, and minor imperfection.
And although I may never attain it, I do strive for perfection as I practice my craft, growing personally and professionally.
I think of each pipe I carve like a growth ring in a tree, each one dependent even on the first. (first pipe pictured
Be a part of the process
Join the Thos. Martin's Growth Ring.(buy a pipe.) As my skills improve, of course so too will my pipes. You can
keep you original purchase, smoke it and enjoy. Or you can trade up. (second pipe pictured below- NFS)
Buy a pipe. I’ll make more! That‘s the point. I will invest 100% of the purchase price
into more briar, for more pipes. If you have briar and want me to carve you a pipe, I can do that too.
If you would
like pictures of pipes not yet sold, or if you
have information for me, write to email@example.com
Be a part of history! You can read more about every pipe crafted and see pictures of the process and problems from
Pipe 4 on at:
Shaping The Stummels
How It Works
With each new quarterly offering, going in order of pipes purchased, each member of the Growth Ring will receive an email
and the right of first refusal in the order. Should you decide to ”trade up,” return it for full credit toward
your new pipe.
Or become a collector. Keep your prior purchase and buy a new one at a discount. If you pass on that offer,
the next customer on the list gets their chance (via email) at a new Thos. Martin pipe.
Think of it as a deposit; an
investment in the future. Think of each and every purchase as a loan, and the pipe a loaner. Or don’t think at all;
strike a match and relax.
(Foreground: my third pipe- NFS) The pipe pictured was carved of White Ash as I had no briar. It has become
my favorite smoker and is my “workshop pipe.” (Background) Five pipes, on the rack during the cleaning
process. Behind them is the buffing wheel which in another life served as a coffee grinder in Brooklyn. To the right is a
treadle lathe retrofitted with a motor. As you can see, I am blessed with Yankee ingenuity thrift, but am not blessed with
By joining Thos. Martin's Growth Ring, which means buying one of my early pipes, you can help me grow my business. Its
Thos. Martin, Pipemaker
Beverly, Massachusetts- USA