In this episode of All Pipes Considered, Truett and I sit down to discuss the work of Mike Sebastian Bay, including his pipemaking origins, various influences, and a closer look at some of the pieces we have on offer.
Mike Sebastian Bay began his pipemaking career after venturing across his native Copenhagen in search of someone to repair his father's cherished pipes, which led him to the workshop of none other than Tom Eltang. Bay had heard of the pipemaker before, and the two immediately bonded. In fact, Mike soon began to apprentice in Eltang's shop part-time, which eventually led to Tom teaching Bay the ins and outs of the craft. Before long, Mike found himself working alongside the famous artisan.
During this time, Mike developed a firm grasp of Tom's signature rustication style, having applied it to many Eltang pipes under the elder carver's supervision. Bay was even given Tom's blessing to use the rustication on his own pieces, and to continue to hone and evolve the technique.
Mike's work certainly exhibits the influence of his mentor, but also his own character and style. Overall, his style favors compact, tightly-knit forms, often imbued with a generous dose of Danish whimsy. From apprentice to carver, Bay's journey has been an exciting one, and we're thrilled to see what the future brings.
Any fans of Mike's work? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
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