Since his beginning in 2007, Chris Askwith gently moves away from British classicism, by his style and the materials he uses. Thanks to this young pipe maker living in Plymouth, a cool wind blows on the English pipe. I bought one Askwith morta pipe ( picture above), directly on Chris website. It is a perfectly carried out smoking pipe, and a beautiful work.
QUESTIONS TO THE PIPE MAKER CHRIS ASKWITH
-Nicolas: How did you begin smoking pipe ?
-When you started making pipes in 2007, why did you decide to make non-briar pipes ?
I have always had a great love for wood. I love experimenting with different materials and when I found there were other woods that were often used for pipe, I wanted to try them. I never really had much desire to work with woods like cherry or walnut as people say they are not as resistant as the main three woods: briar, olive and morta. So I decided to stick with these.
-Do you think that olivewood resist fire as briar does ?
-Is there a pipe maker you particularly admire ?
I admire many pipe makers and love looking at other makers work. My favourite pipe maker changes almost daily but they include Trever Talbert, Rad Davis, Todd Johnson, Tom Eltang and many others. I just love pipes !