Pipes - François Dal | My craft
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“Before any aesthetic considerations, I am convinced that a pipe must first smoke perfectly to guarantee the best experience to the smoker. “

I hope that you will find here an echo to the passion that has animated me for recent years in the craft of briar pipe.

I am established with my wife and our two boys in Belgium, precisely in Wépion, a village known among others for the cultivation of its delicious strawberries.

My first steps were made by restoring old pipes; giving life back to forgotten objects has allowed me to discover all the diversity and richness of this exciting universe.  I was already bitten and thanks to the meeting with Pierre Morel, the outstanding master pipe-maker from Saint-Claude in France, I was able to observe the basics of the use of tools specific to the assembly of pipes.  I then began working at home with preturned stummels and progressively, the desire to produce my own pipes from raw materials was born.  One of the important steps was having my own place to share my passion, and the encouragement of friends and relatives motivated me to create this website.  I want to thank them again.

Before any aesthetic considerations, I am convinced that a pipe must first smoke perfectly to guarantee the best experience to the smoker.   But the choice of a pipe is also made with the eyes, by heart stroke, and I also hope that you discover in my work a style and a seductive line.  In order to fully satisfy you, I devote the necessary time to a good execution from a technical point of view but also to the selection of quality raw materials. I enjoy manipulating both recent and old tools, specially dedicated and derived from the pipe heritage of Saint-Claude in France.

Through these pages, you will be able to discover the different axes of my activity and the types of pipes available for sale, namely:

  • ‘Handmade’ pipes entirely made by hand from raw materials,
  • ‘Tradition’ pipes made from machine-turned briar blanks,
  • ‘Estate’ pipes of various brands, restored, reconditioned professionally and ready to smoke.

Feel free to contact me for any question, customized order or repair request.  I truly value dialogue and exchanges to understand your needs and respond to your expectations.  I ship worldwide.