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About the Item




Very limited numbers of artisans are able to work with Horn and briar together and Al Perkowski is among them. This American pipe maker is able to integrate the Horn and briar in the most fantastic way. It is some how interesting how he could acquire this great ability, as these kinds of works need more time and energy. In this case, his philosophies and principles are quite unique in the world of briar carving. He, however, did his best and creates something astonishing.  


When the exotic shape of Freehand combines with horn the result brings something truly interesting as you can see in this unique pipe. Design of the Shank, Heel and Bowl of the Freehand makes it very easy to hold and smoke. Despite the Horn integration, the pipe is light and this is another remarkable feature of this item.  Moreover, the extension of the Horn from the Heel of the pipe, which ends with artisan signature and the Foot of the pipe, makes the beautiful arch in the general structure of pipe and it makes is absolute Freehand while holding in hand. 


No doubt here, as this art work has strong characteristics to put the classic shapes aside and introduces the new Freehand generations in the world of smoking pipes, so if you are the fan of his pipes, consider this unique item as one of your best option.


About the Artist


Creative Briar Pipes was established in 1972. Al Perkowski purchased his first pipe in 1970, and as any pipe smoker knows, you need more than one pipe. he located a pipe shop that manufactured their own pipes, Malaga Pipes in Royal Oak Michigan. After talking to the owner Manny Khoubesser about pipe making, he purchased one of his pipes and mentioned to him he would like to try making a pipe for himself, that was the beginning of a great friendship.


After two years of questions that Manny was always willing to give him the time to answer, and a lot of plateau briar blocks, he began to acquire a sense of style and technique that produced a pipe that was appealing to the eye, and also enjoyable to smoke. It was then when he felt accomplished enough to manufacture his freehand pipes. He began selling pipes to friends and acquaintance. Soon after, he started to sell pipes to pipe shops in the area. He continued making freehand pipes for about ten years. As his family grew and his job as a wood model maker for the automotive industry required more of his time, he found less time to spend on pipe making. He eventually had to set his pipe business aside.


He is now retired as a wood model maker, and his three children are grown and on their own. He has found himself with all the time he need to devote to making freehand pipes, and he is enjoying it more than ever. As a professional model maker and carver, with 38 years experiences, he acquired an eye for summetry and a style flowing lines,  that he applies to his smoking pipes, creating a unique and artistic quality. His pipes are drilled on a fixture he developed to insure perfect alignment and accuracy on every pipe. His pipe making today is a true labor of love.