It was almost ten years ago, I think, that I noticed that there was a need for content for young pipe makers. When I first began making pipes there was really only one media source for learning about pipes, an old book that influenced a generation of hobbyists and not a few professional pipe makers. PIMO’s Guide to Pipe Crafting at Home was the only game in town, both the primary and final source for anyone who wanted to read about the craft of pipe making.
Sometime in the early 2000s, Trevor Talbert introduced an updated guide published on his website. This attracted the attention of the ravenous bunch of us who had already worn out the pages of the PIMO book. Then Tyler Beard published his methods to his early website. Again, the small, but growing, hoard of young pipe makers devoured the information he provided. This was followed by his creating of the pipe makers’ forum, a space for people to share ideas, learn new techniques, and discuss all matters related to making pipes. It was where I really cut my teeth.
I had been selling pipes for a handful of years by the time my family and I relocated to California from New Jersey. And in the span of years that I’d transitioned from amateur to professional, there was still a startling absence of video content related to pipe making. So, I took it upon myself to start creating and publishing videos on the topic. Over the years, I have been pleasantly surprised every time someone introduces him or herself to me at a show and thanks me for the videos. It’s good to know that they have been helpful, and periodically I’d like to introduce some new ones.
The third video I ever made, on the topic of sandblasting, has by far been my most viewed tutorial. I’m stunned when I see the numbers. They aren’t large by Youtube standards, but for the pipe community the view count is pretty high. It has been a long time since that video was first published and a lot has changed, not the least of which is my workshop. So, without further introduction, here is a new video on the subject of sandblasting. I hope you enjoy!