Ernie Markle is a great example of the new movement in American artisanal pipes. Having fallen in love with pipes and taken with the idea of the craft itself, Ernie sought out people that could teach him the craft, it being something of a departure from his education background in Philosophy and Spanish or his former profession in finance. Ernie has worked with top American pipe makers Jeff Gracik, Brad Pohlmann, and Adam Davidson in their workshops and has really come into his own style in the past couple of years.
Now making pipes full-time, he has over 800 blocks of briar at his disposal. An extremely dedicated and meticulous artisan, he doesn't take shortcuts in his designs. From stemwork to each and every finish, all of Ernie's creations are made by hand. Through dynamic lines and muscular proportions, he's succeeded in creating some of the most powerful and poised profiles in the business, drawing inspiration from the Danish tradition as well as other modern American artisans.