Frank Axmacher, a craftsman and longtime pipe smoker, began pipe making in 2004. He neither had great ambition, nor did he know about the existence of freehand pipes.
Presently, Frank Axmacher produces about 60 pipes per year in his workshop – all of them beside his day-job as a stone sculptor, which is the reason for his particular interest in the artistic aspects of pipe making. The briar’s wonderful grain stimulates a constant search for shapes that accentuate the wood’s exceptional structure in the best way possible. Hence, for him, excellent craftsmanship and exploring the artistic possibilities are intrinsically linked to each other.