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23 August 2013

Pipe Precis

       -Posted by kathryn-

Pipe by Maigurs Knets- Photography by Smokingpipes.com

This week has seen some beautiful pipes and some broken pipes, a strange combination I know. It's also been busy, so here's a quick recap in case you've missed anything. Monday's update included showstoppers from Michael Lindner and Maigurs Knets, among many others. Our photography team produced a great number of beautiful images for these, for more of them check out our Facebook and Tumblr pages. 

Pipe by Michael Lindner- Photography by Smokingpipes.com 

Of course, we have so many promotions and special events, they sometimes get muddled together.

~15% off all estates (even Monday's update)-Active four more days

~Coming soon: Tobacco selections from Drew Estate

~20% off select Savinelli pipes

~All Lane Limited bulk tobacco is on sale through August

~FREE cigar cutter with select boxes of CAO cigars

~Now available: McClelland Holiday Spirit

Estate sale at Smokingpipes.com Coming soon to Smokingpipes.com- new tobacco from Drew Estate 

 

We undertook a pretty significant mission this Tuesday, hints of which were dropped on Instagram, which resulted in over 300 broken estate pipes being hung from the ceiling in the Marketing Department. We created this short video to explain why, show you the process, and the most entertaining part: capture the reactions of our employees who didn't know! Give it a watch. 

Secrets brewing at Smokingpipes.com

Dennis also wrote a blog post about his thoughts on the matter yesterday, which delves further into the motivation and meaning of the display.

Pipe by Lasse Skovgaard- Photography by Smokingpipes.com 

For Thursday's update, we were blown away by the work of Lasse Skovgaard and Alex Florov. Again, the photos Chris and Katie produced for these pipes are pure art. If you haven't seen them, do yourself a favor and follow a link to one of our social media pages below. We recieved some pretty colorful compliments (of course, beautiful subjects make beautiful photos).

Pipe by Alex Florov- Photography by Smokingpipes.com 

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16 May 2011

0.0002"
 Visiting Alex Florov

       -Posted by sykes-

0.0002"x0.0000". Two-ten-thousandths of an inch. Those are the sort of tolerances that Alex Florov works with. While that is perhaps a large measurement in circuit board manufacturing, it is infinitesimally tiny by pipe standards. Alex is a model maker. He creates metal and plastic prototypes for industrial and commercial applications. Alex is also a pipe-maker. Clearly his long career as a designer and maker of models has influenced his pipe making.

I'm sitting in Alex Florov's workshop as I write this; it's the day after the Chicago pipe show and Ted and I are in Round Lake, IL visiting Alex and Vera Florov with Hiroyuki Tokutomi and our friend Tom Looker. The screams of briar being pressed against a sanding disk and the roar of a dust collection system fill the room. Six of us fit in here quite comfortably, with Alex Florov and Tokutomi both working, and the "piperazzi" (to quote Adam Davidson) snapping pictures and filming in the background.

 

Alex is one of the very few pipe-makers in the world with a milling machine. Though I've been in lots of pipe makers' workshops, I didn't recognize the thing at all - it sort of looked like a drill press to me at first. Well, one with a bunch of extra knobs and buttons. And a digital readout. Which displays measurements to the ten-thousandth of an inch (or one thousandth of a millimeter). This is not even a machine designed for woodworking. This is a machine designed to machine high-precision metal parts, large or small, for industrial applications. But, of course, it can be used for pipes too - and so Alex does.

Alex is a perfectionist. I knew this of my Russian-American pipe-making friend before I stepped foot in his workshop. I imagine that if one spends enough of one's life working with industrial models that require those sorts of tolerances, it will inevitably instill a certain perfectionism in one's pipe-making. With Alex it means that most pipe-makers' tools would not even be able to measure, let alone replicate, his drilling tolerances.

Tokutomi, in many respects, couldn't be more different. It's not that he doesn't measure when he works sometimes, but his attitude is much more that of the creative artist than the careful machinist. His background is as an artist. Alex's is that of a machinist and engineer. These two men, while they very much like each other and respect each other as pipe-makers, could not possibly be more different.








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22 October 2010

Video: Interview with Alex Florov: Part III
 Alex Florov and Sykes Wilford talk about Sixten, Tokutomi, shape designs and more

       -Posted by sykes-

Here's the third and final entry in the video series of my interview with Alex Florov. Being not a terribly structured interview-- Alex and I both have a tendency towards free association, wandering from topic to topic without much structure-- it's more like just a conversation between old friends. I hope you enjoy it! We certainly did.








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10 October 2010

Video: Interview with Alex Florov, Part II
 Sykes and Alex talk Sixten and airplane seats...

       -Posted by sykes-

Here's the second part of the video interview that we did with Alex Florov when he visited almost two weeks ago. In this entry, we talk about pipe making, his day job, and Sixten Ivarsson, and the centrality of his role in the creation modern high grade pipe making.








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27 September 2010

Video: Interview with Alex Florov: Part I
 Sykes and Alex's Pipe Musings

       -Posted by ted-
Today we were lucky enough to have pipe maker Alex Florov and his wife Vera visit with us over here at the Smokingpipes.com campus. After a thorough tour and a fine lunch, we got to sit down and pick the man's brain.








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