Greetings to all my fellow pipe enthusiasts. I hope that you all had a safe and enjoyable Holiday season and are ready to start the new year right.
Last year was a difficult year. I am not sorry to see it go. As some of you may or may not be aware, my wife and I purchased our first home in July. That’s good news for those of you waiting patiently for a Jones pipe. I finally have a garage to set up a shop in. In November my family came for a pre-holiday visit and I enlisted the help of my brother and father to help me start building out a workspace I could use. Together we ran more electrical outlets, installed a shaping wheel, hooked up an old dust collector, and did a number of additional improvements to help me get 2016 off to a good start. Lord knows I’ll need time to piece together additional equipment, but now I can complete a significant amount of work without leaving the house.
I only managed to complete seven Jones pipes in 2015, one of which was a cavalier that earned top honors in the Greater Kansas City Pipe Collectors Carving Contest, but I hope that number will increase significantly this year. This year I also have the distinct honor of collaborating on the GKCPC Pipe of the Year with Smokers’ Haven proprietor and Chheda Pipes owner Premal Chheda.
Speaking of Chheda Pipes, I made a mess of them last year. I’ve posted a few of my favorites here. Please check out the additional gallery on the website that lists most of the Chheda pipes I’ve made. This will continue to be updated periodically during the year
For those of you on my commission list, I’m still working on fulfilling all your orders. I’ve been telling customers that a commissioned Jones pipe could take 6 – 12 months to finish. If you’d like to know where you are at on the list, feel free to email me. Hopefully I can reduce the wait time significantly this year.
Finally, I'd like to thank everyone for their continued support. I was fortunate enough to attend more than a few pipe shows in 2015 and I was surprised at the positive response to my work. I've enjoyed interacting with all of you and I look forward to continuing that relationship this year as well.