I had to sit this year’s Chicago Pipe show out. I am still at home in California.
That still didn’t stop me from doing some type of reporting and I was able to get the pictures of pipes brought by some pipe makers from around the world who are attending this years show. Some of these pipes may still be available for purchase by the way so if your at the show and see something you like…..
Side-Note on Bamboo
My goodness. What is going on with bamboo? We are seeing a bamboo explosion right now, not just in the US but worldwide. It’s always been around but it seems like these days, 1 out of 4 pipes is using the material. With that being said & now myself owning 4 such pipes in my collection, I am taking a hiatus from the material. Specifically though the yellow color. If it is a black bamboo pipe, I may buy it. Yellow however, I am personally saturated with it. Although I have to admit that two of the most recent pipes I bought (past few days) were yellow bamboo so clearly there is a connection.
All pipe pictures are below.
A brief summary of who we are looking at.
Relatively young new pipe maker & very skilled. As I look at Abe’s work today & imagine him growing & learning more, I see him as the future Brad Pohlmann, five to 10 years from now.
Adam is not at this year’s show for the same reasons as me. Adam’s pipes are there however.
The American master brought another great selection of blasted pipes. One rather amazing smooth Acorn & actually a rarely seen out of his shop bamboo pipe.
Our newest Rising Star from Greece brought a fantastic selection with him to Chicago. A wide variety of shapes. A wide variety of design range. Chris is doing some special stuff.
If you look at last year’s (2014) Chicago Pipe Show Report Click Here and see the pictures I took of Clark’s work & compare them to this year’s, you will be amazed at the level of growth he has undergone. In just one year he has taken a giant leap forward. I am highlighting this because this will be a new trend we will all be seeing. Pipe makers will be evolving at a much higher rate. If you step away for a moment and don’t follow them, you won’t even know who you are looking at any more.
Ernie brought some great pieces with him this year. Most especially that beautiful squashed Tomato and that asymmetrical bent brandy. As well as an assortment of great small blasts.
Jeff Gracik of J. Alan Pipes
What can you say about Jeff that hasn’t been said already. One of the youngest American masters who can pick up any piece of briar and turn it into something extremely special.
We see most of what the Danish Master brought with him to this years show below. Some spectacular pieces.
This young american maker has made less than 30 pipes. Think about that as you look at his work below. Less than 30 pipes.
Micah Cryder of Yeti Pipe
Micah is one of the youngest & most talented pipe makers today. He is 22 years old. Last years Chicago show was Micah’s 1st. In my pipe show report my comments on him were something along the lines of: “This kid can carve! Watch out for his future work!” Well, as you briefly glance at his show output below, decide for yourself. Same comments as with Clark Layton above. The level of growth on pipe makers today is occurring at an astronomical pace. Add in some smart tutelage (Premal Chedda), add in some additional design wisdom and some smart analytical thought and the sky is the limit for so many of these new & very talented pipe makers.
My favorite sandblasting pipe maker from Canada. Michael always delivers the goods.
From steampunk to robotics to ultra craggy good blasts. Nate is currently exploring several areas. My favorites of his are the craggy blasts.
One of the best part-time pipe makers in the US today.
Another of the new crop of US pipe makers making solid, absolutely full of all the fundamentals good work. Priced below $300, his pipes are a great bargain.
Coming from China, Sam is very new but I see something special in him. Can’t quite put my finger on it completely yet but he has a way of understanding a lot of different shape design styles and he merges them together very well.
Scott brought a lot of pipes with him to the show. Some amazing show stopper bamboo pipes. Some unique collaboration pipes as well.
The only female pipe maker whose work we are showing. Thankfully Silver brings us the different perspective sorely missing from our hobby today.
The first German pipe maker to make lederhosen look good is known for his abstract pipes. He works closely with Wallenstein, Wolfsteiner, Maier and Hansen. Their ‘Abstract’ collective focuses on artistic & sculptural pipes.
Steve is about to go full time as a pipe maker. Looking at this set of pipes from him and thinking about the first sentence, yes, it should make you excited if you enjoy his work.
I was not able to be at the show however during the past few days I was able to directly connect with a lot of the goings on at the event. With so many friends there & our internetZ, Facebook, Instagram and other smartphone technologies. All of that helped. It made it easier not being there. I wish I could have brought Chicago to Southern California for a few days but this turned out to be the next best thing.
I hope everyone at the show is having a blast. It looks like it is the most well attended show in CPCC history? Yes? No? Anybody have any confirmation on the numbers?