Originally published Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Last Saturday evening I found myself in a late-night pipe conversation with Jody Davis and Brad Pohlmann. These talks are rare and precious - at least for me. It’s not often that I get to sit down over drinks for a couple of hours to talk pipes, listen, learn, and reflect on the conversation. I love these conversations most because while I learn about pipes, I also learn about myself, too. I am grateful for the insights I gather.
I am at different places in my relationship continuum with Jody as opposed to Brad. Jody Davis is the first artisan whose work I seriously collected. Brad is an artisan whose work I watched grow and develop into someone to whom I felt increasing urgency to collect. So while I have a modestly respectable number of Jody Davis’ pipes, my Pohlmann collection is very much at a beginning stage, though it will undoubtedly grow.
As I sat and talked with these men, I contemplated what it is, exactly, that I find compelling in their work. There are so many fine pipe makers out there. Why them?