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Founded in Lebanon TN by Mike Stewart in 2013. The name is derived from the fact that my lovely wife Mandy is so incredibly supportive of the work.
I was doing corporate logistics and had my own law office in town. As you can imagine life was stressful. My father had always smoked a pipe and I took it up, relaxing on my patio in the evenings. Well one day my son twisted my arm into making a pipe myself.
I bought one of those pre-drilled kits from Steve Norse (who happens to be a great guy, awesome to deal with for supplies) and turned out a rudimentary classic Danish freehand shape. That was it, I was hooked on the working of briar. I had spent over 5 hours hand sanding that pipe, could not tell you what I thought of in that time, only that when I was doing it I was at a certain peace that comes from a simultaneously intensely focused and yet spotless mind.
So I buy a few tools and go to work. A local tobacco shop Big Star Cigar in Mt Juliet was becoming a regular haunt for me, so naturally I went there to show off my first couple homemade pipes. The owner invited me to the 1st Annual Music City Pipe Show, sponsored by the Southern Fried Pipe Club. I sold a few pipes at that show (the first of which went to Mr. Dagner), and met Grant Batson, the man who would permanently change how I make pipes.
Amongst several rather sage comments while discussing the pipes I brought to the show, Grant asked me a question that will stick with me forever. He said 'Mike wouldn't you like to make a pipe that came out exactly the way you wanted it to?' After some proper training, trial and error, vast improvement, quite a few more pipes have sold.
With my new shop in Charlotte NC, I finally have the facilities I needed to help me create pipes that are truly functional works of art. Above all else is my commitment to creations of quality and functionality, with a pleasing aesthetic- A Good Pipe.
What makes a 'Good Pipe?' Call me and we will have a conversation.
And yes Grant, I am definitely still having fun.
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Created by Mike Stewart