|Heding Pipes “the story”
My journey towards full-time pipe-making began during the summer of 2003.
At that time I worked as molecular biologist (Ph.D.) aiming to develop new and potent treatment strategies for people suffering from Type 1 Diabetes.
Although my profession was indeed interesting and contained obvious carrier possibilities, I was sequentially attracted to artistic and handcraft-like disciplines and the urge for creating things by “hand” kept on puzzling my mind.
By coincides (or destiny), I watched an interview with Ann Julie in the TV (2003). I was blinded by the beautiful and artistic pipes she made and I instantly felt convinced that pipe-making contained exactly the creative elements I was looking for; the combination of functionality and design. Simply, I had to do something about it and a hobby was born.
Shortly hereafter I bought my first briars from Tom Eltang and the first pipes where “truly handmade” most of them in the evening at my kitchen floor strictly by use of simple tools like a knife and files.
Tom generously invited me to his workshop where he during the first 2 years taught me many important aspects of free-hand pipe-making, and equally important; introduced me to a very interesting world of pipe-enthusiasts.
Tom and Pia Eltang introduced my pipes at the Chicago Pipe Show 2004 and 2005, and I slightly began to get an idea about the whole concept of doing pipe-making-business and it appealed to me a lot.
By spring of 2006, after 3 years of hobby pipe-making, my best kept secret was exposed for the first time to my employer at the Research Institute, including a letter of resignation.