My name is Bartlomiej Antoniewski. I was born on 17 May 1961 in Przemysl; the Capital of Polish Pipe.
The choice of my career was determined by my fascination with briar; its beauty and the variety of grain and sculptural opportunities it offers for carving pipes. I have been making briar pipes, accessories and miniature briarwood sculptures since 1984.
From 1985 to 1986 I worked under Ryszard Filar -a well- known and highly regarded master craftsman, creating new models of carved pipes.
The skill there aquired helped me in establishing my own business in 1989. In this way I contribute to continuing nearly a hundred-year-long tradition of pipe craftsmanship in the town of Przemysl.
Besides classic shapes, the pipes I offer include those decorated with animal and floral motifs as well as abstract and geometrical forms and motifs to do with hunting. There is also a possibility of ordering a pipe crafted on the basis of the customer's own drawings.
I specialize in customized portrait pipes based on photographs. [Just send a photograph and you receive a copy, carved on your new pipe]
The pipes are made from Mediterranean briar, while mouthpieces are made from acrylic, cumberland and ebonite.
If you wish to know more about me you can read an article in Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine [Sumer 2006].
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