Well here it is: the first big news of 2014. Jesse Jones pipes will now be available at the Pipe Tobacco Collectors online store. In December I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Lancaster, the driving force behind TPC. It was very obvious that Mike had a passion, not only for pipe collecting but for supporting up-and-coming carvers. After explaining TPC’s philosophy Mike offered to host my pipes for sale on the TPC website. Obviously, I was thrilled by this prospect, and so my first three pipes of 2014 will soon be available at TPC with more to come in the future.
While you’re at the TPC website, I hope you also take the time to check out the other cool features Mike has, including pipes by great new artisan carvers, blog posts, exclusive interviews, and unique TPC products. TPC also offers a club membership for a small fee that gives members significant discounts at a number of online retailers.
In other news, my commission list is growing so don’t expect any products available for the general public within the next week or so however if you curious to see what I’m up to be sure you follow me on Instagram @jessejonespipes.
I plan on launching into what I hope is a multipart series on the reverse calabash soon. Additional topics might include my absolute loathing of repair work, new fads in the pipe world, and the future of the artisan carver explosion. If you’d like me to talk about a specific topic shoot me an email through my contact form on this website. If I like the suggestion I’d be more than happy to do a blog post about it.
Last but not least, I decided to order myself a little present for my birthday. I should be receiving a “new to me” estate Cornelius Maenz pipe. Cornelius is regarded as one of, if not the world’s best artisan carver. I can’t wait to get this pipe and see exactly what separates Cornelius’s work from other carvers. I hope to learn as much as I can from the pipe and emulate what makes it so great in my own designs. Expect the blog post highlighting and discussing the features of my new Maenz.