Will Purdy Pipes
Will began making pipes, as many makers do, after purchasing a pipe kit around the year 2000. Slowly shaping away the briar with hand tools, he realized this was something that he was compelled to do again... and again, and again. Will worked slowly on his craft, getting feedback from friends in the industry in his early years. He is admittedly slow and meticulous in every step of the process, from choosing briar that is not only stunningly beautifully grained, but cured for five-to-ten years in the dry Colorado climate. Rather unique to Will Purdy pipes, each piece has the mortise and airway drilled at the same time, meaning there are no gaps, angles or ramps in the shank (Will likes the straight drill). Each stem and tenon is turned from a vulcanite rod; no Delrin or other tenon accessory is used. Needless to say the way Will Purdy slowly shapes and designs each pipe in his comfortable home with beautiful surroundings is something of a rarity. There is no rush. When the pipe is finished and stamped, you can be sure Will is ready for someone to enjoy if for a lifetime.