Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pipes by Pierre Morel: a Touch of Class



Pierre Morel (junior) was born a few years after the end of the second world war in 1949 in a family whose association with pipe making was going back generations...His great great grandmother was a polisher of pipes at the Jeantet-David factory in the 19th century...



He started in his father's workshop in 1971 carving pipes free hand.

One of his first creations was conceived and realized with Sixten Ivarsson.

In 1978, Morel, working as an independent, designed and realized the first of many Chacom Grand Cru, top of the line handmade pipes.



Courtesy Chacom




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He also authored the Chacom Pipe de l'Année...



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In 2007 he was awarded the highest distinction that can be bestowed upon a pipe maker, Meilleur Ouvrier de France ("MOF") for an Ulm shaped masterpiece.



see MOF 2007: The Making of a Masterpiece



Still in activity Pierre Morel can look back at a career of excellence as a free hand carver of unequaled talent.














Here is a model he holds especially dear...




and a few additional examples of his talent now held in private collections.

































































Monday, March 14, 2016

Carved Wooden Pipe Of A Campfire by Lester Garlow


A 15" long  Lester C. Garlow briar executed in April 1953.






Three frontiersmen around a campfire.














This pipe was purchased for $600 in 1978.






Sunday, March 6, 2016

Catalog Vve. Hasslauer, succ. Gambier, 1868



In 1868, Veuve Hasslauer successor of Gambier employed 600 workers in the town of Givet, France. This was the highest recorded workforce in the lifetime of the famous French clay pipe manufacturer.

That same year Gambier published its second catalog, giving us some insight in the models that appealed to the French clay pipe smoker in the second half of the nineteenth century. 

































L'Empereur Napoleon III, N. 840


L'Empereur Napoleon III, N. 842




























































































































Musicien,  N 1093





Paganini, N 1157



































































































































































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