From a very young age, I have seen beauty everywhere and always felt the intense need to express it. I’ve drawn, painted, played multiple instruments, and sang in search of a medium. I got a degree in Theatre from Louisiana State University in 2007, acting in, directing, and designing many shows during my time there. After I graduated, I worked professionally as a designer for live theatre for several years, but it wasn’t until I discovered pipe making that the lights came on.
I started collecting pipes in 2006 and became aware of artisan pipes in 2008. It wasn’t until 2010 that it even occurred to me that I might be able to make one.
The idea came to me when I visited my Great Uncle and learned that he had once been a wood worker, making fine pieces of hand crafted furniture which he uses to this day. I was amazed as I had never thought of anyone in my family as being capable with their hands. Once I saw what he was able to do, I realized that I might be able to apply my need for artistic expression to the medium of briar pipes.
I have always admired functional art because it beautifies our lives. Once I started making pipes, I began to realize how profound functional art really is. It is a form of communion between the maker and the owner, a way for one person to express the beauty they experience with another and to have that beauty incorporated into the movement of the owner’s life.
In July of 2014, I began working full time as an artisan pipe maker.
– David S. Huber