Walker Briar Works - Dave Wolff of Walker Briar Works does great work. Most notably, he has developed a ‘No-Scuff’ process that allows him to replace a stem without ever having to lay a tool on the shank of your pipe. You can even follow the progress of your repair work on his website. He is also selling a Vulcanite Stem Restoration Kit for those who don’t own a buffer. Forum reviews are excellent.
Von Erck Classics - Lee Erck is one of America's great artisan pipe makers. His style is instantly recognizable and his pipes are beautifully designed and executed.Â Lee has developed a sandblasting style that rivals that of J.T. Cooke in its intricacy and beauty. I have been fortunate enough to have been trained by Lee in the art and craft of pipe making.
PIPE REFERENCE SITES
Pipes, Logos and Markings - This is an amazing site! If you’re trying to learn more about that mystery pipe you bought on Ebay, this is a good place to start. There are good photos of nomenclature and stem logos of hundreds of different brands. Don’t miss the special sections on Dunhill and Sasieni.
John Loring’s Pipe Pages - John Loring is one of the world’s authorities on Dunhill pipes and history and has written extensively on the subject. This link will get you to his several websites, including one with photos of his personal collection.
Pipes & Tobaccos Magazine - is a wonderful reference tool and even if you are already a subscriber, their website is a valuable tool. There’s a link to an index of all of their issues which will help you locate that elusive article. In the future, according to the site, subscribers will be able to access all issues online.
Chris’ Pipe Pages - this site can be either a wonderful reference source or just plain fun to surf within the site. There are fascinating old catalogues of dozens of pipe brands reproduced in full, tobacconists catalogues and other fun stuff.
Pipedia - is a terrific site for the new pipesmoker or the old hand. It’s a beautifully maintained wiki addressing every aspect of our hobby.
English Silver Hallmarks – 1736-1975 is nothing short of a magic decoder ring. For Irish Silver Hallmarks through 1920, see http://www.925-1000.com/dlDublin.html
The Organization of Online Pipe Smokers - The OOOPS site contains reference material relating to logos and lots of other useful information.
The New York Pipe Club - This is one of more active clubs in the U.S. and has a nice, well maintained website. The Club meets monthly, usually on the second Tuesday, and welcomes visitors at their meetings and non-Yankee fans as members.
The North American Society of Pipe Collectors - publishes a quarterly newsletter that is always interesting and sometimes controversial.
ONLINE PIPE SELLERS
RareMemories - is the online rotating Pipe Collection of Bruce Plumb. Estate and UnSmoked Pipes available at discounted prices.
Uhle's Pipe Shop - Uhle's has been a fixture in Milwaukee since 1939. They've been selling their fine tobaccos all over the midwest for years. Hand blended at the shop, many are highly rated in Tobacco Reviews and well worth your attention. The Tobacco tab on their website will take you to a description of their many blends. I've been smoking one Uhle's blend or another for over 30 years and highly recommend them.
Tobacco Reviews - has grown from a small web project to a very large database consisting of over 2,000 reviewers, 2,500 plus tobacco blends, and more than 20,000 individual reviews.
PIPE BULLETIN BOARDS
Alt.smokers.pipes - is always good for lively discussion.
pipes.org - Forums section on www.pipes.org
Pipe Makers Forum - is the only online chat site for pipe makers
Smokers Forum - is a very popular board.
PIPE MAKING SUPPLIES
Pimo - has been selling pipe making tools, supplies and a how-to book on pipe making since 1972.
Pipe Makers Emporium - Another great source for tools and supplies.
Ken Lamb - makes and sells specialized tooling for pipe making such as two jaw chucks and pipe chamber drills.
Briar Pipe Tooling - makes two jaw chucks and tobacco chamber drills.
J.H. Lowe - Great source for stems, rod and pipe repair accessories.