Jerry Zenn is a talented pipe maker out of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Like many other modern artisans, Jerry came into the craft by way of another hands-on profession — namely 25 years as an auto mechanic. After smoking a pipe for some time, he began to admire the smooth, elegant shapes designed by the Danish masters and decided to apply his knowledge of machinery and mechanics to a smaller scale. In short, he began making his own pipes.
That previous experience has served him well over the years, cultivating a keen and scrutinizing eye for detail — which you can see readily in his precise drilling and expert mouthpieces and tenons. Heavily influenced by both the Danish and Japanese shaping schools, Jerry's pipes feature a playful sense of organic dynamism overall, often incorporating natural mediums like Taiwanese bamboo, horn, and exotic hardwoods to both accent and complement his myriad designs. Aside from those more obvious influences, Jerry also produces a number of more modernist pieces, including novel Freehands as well as more streamlined, structured takes on the classics. And his finishes are just stunning; from the fiery look of his smoldering contrast sandblasts to the unique shade and pattern of the bamboo he uses, he's created a firm foundation for his signature aesthetic, and quite a striking one at that.