Michal Novák - Pipemaker, Prague

* 03.02.1954

I started with pipe carving shortly before the year 1998. My former occupation (journalist and photographer) led me in the early nineties to the topic "smoking".  On the end,  my journalistic work was consecrated entirely to the theme of pipes and pipe tobacco.
 
As a journalist, I was, among others, also Editor in chief of the "Cigar and Pipe Cocktail" magazine. From the year 1999 I´m a member of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe, there active in the section "Briyar Pipe".
 
I regularly attend international fairs and exhibitions, in our country, I try to regularly participate in slow pipe smoking competitions.
I visited all the European Pipemaking factories and countless workshops in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Danmark. With every such visit, the Idea to "try it" myself began to grow.
 
The real breaking point which leads me to the decision to make a pipe with my own hand was a visit to my good friend Alberto Paronelli who gifted me a small historical pipe. Its shape and its history overwhelmed me so much, that is shall, a bit later, become the first model for my pipes.
 
So far the genealogy of my first sold pipe, it was the year 2008.
 
So, I started to make pipes, but I´ve been searching for something "own", something "special" something what would make my pipes stand out among the others artisan pipes of all the others more experienced pipemaker colleagues. As like, as you can recognize certain cars, fashion, juvelery, painting .... after some time passed, it become reality.
Having a cutting-edge style, found in my work a letter-perfect expression since my pipes are known for their edges.
 
Maybe, it wasn't originally my intention, maybe, it was the simple human desire to hold something in the hand, something you can touch, glide with your fingers on, caress, feel for, play with, whether being relaxed or, other way round, being in stress. The wish to touch is ingenuous tu us and whenewer that what we are touching is at the same time also beautiful, like the fine wood I´m carving my ppipes from, it gives to their holders also an estetic experience equal to an artistic or emotional one.
 
Now, my pipes are "distinct" and I´m sure I´m on the right way, I follow with delight.

I started with pipe carving shortly before the year 1998. My former occupation (journalist and photographer) led me in the early nineties to the topic "smoking".  On the end,  my journalistic work was consecrated entirely to the theme of pipes and pipe tobacco.

As a journalist, I was, among others, also Editor in chief of the "Cigar and Pipe Cocktail" magazine. From the year 1999 I´m a member of the Académie Internationale de la Pipe, there active in the section "Briyar Pipe".
 
I regularly attend international fairs and exhibitions, in our country, I try to regularly participate in slow pipe smoking competitions.
I visited all the European Pipemaking factories and countless workshops in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Danmark. With every such visit, the Idea to "try it" myself began to grow.
 
The real breaking point which leads me to the decision to make a pipe with my own hand was a visit to my good friend Alberto Paronelli who gifted me a small historical pipe. Its shape and its history overwhelmed me so much, that is shall, a bit later, become the first model for my pipes.

So my first "flat pipe" was made 

So far the genealogy of my first sold pipe, it was the year 2008.
 
So, I started to make pipes, but I´ve been searching for something "own", something "special" something what would make my pipes stand out among the others artisan pipes of all the others more experienced pipemaker colleagues. As like, as you can recognize certain cars, fashion, juvelery, painting .... after some time passed, it become reality.
Having a cutting-edge style, found in my work a letter-perfect expression since my pipes are known for their edges.
 
Maybe, it wasn't originally my intention, maybe, it was the simple human desire to hold something in the hand, something you can touch, glide with your fingers on, caress, feel for, play with, whether being relaxed or, other way round, being in stress. The wish to touch is ingenuous tu us and whenewer that what we are touching is at the same time also beautiful, like the fine wood I´m carving my ppipes from, it gives to their holders also an estetic experience equal to an artistic or emotional one.
 
Now, my pipes are "distinct" and I´m sure I´m on the right way, I follow with delight.
 

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