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Nathan Armentrout

I was lucky enough to have come away with 3 pipes from Nathan to be offered here on iBriar from the 2012 Chicago pipe show. Nathan's work continues to impress me as being organic. Not in terms of "garden-variety shapes", but that lines and curves that "make sense" seem to come to him naturally. Now, whether he has a wonderful, innate, sense of form and proportion, or a learned aesthetics on which he works hard at when carving pipes, I am not sure. Probably a bit of both. In any case, I encourage you to follow Nathan and his Armentrout Pipes. I hope, also, that I will be able to continue to offer Nathan's works on iBriar.com.

From Nathan's Website: ...my journey to making pipes has followed a path familiar to many other pipemakers. I started with a few pre-drilled pipe kits as more of a self-imposed dare than a legitimate attempt to make beautiful pipes and, as you could probably guess, they were anything but beautiful. However, I quickly became enamored with every step of the process and set out to learn everything I could about pipes and their construction. With the help of a few deeply appreciated professional and hobbyist pipe makers, my pipes soon began to be more than just vehicles for tobacco and I was paying as much attention to the aspects of form and finish as I was to function and mechanics. Since late 2009, I have been practicing and perfecting my skills, researching and expanding my knowledge base and tooling up my shop, all of which are part of what is sure to be a life-long pursuit of the perfect pipe.

Pipemaking is a journey made one pipe at a time and it is my goal that each step on the journey, each pipe I make, is better than the last. I am committed to making 100% hand-made pipes from the finest available materials to provide smokers and collectors with both a satisfying smoke and a beautiful pipe. My desire is to pursue the beauty and precision of classical shapes while adding touches of a modern and artistic aesthetic. All the pipes I offer are ones that I would be proud to smoke myself.