Howard Bouchie, Pipemaker

Howard Bouchie began handcrafting Briar pipes in 1978 in Munich Germany while serving in the US Army. He continued to find time to craft pipes throughout the past 39 years. He specializes in Freehand style pipes made from Plateau Briar, the finest briar available. Plateau Briar is characterized by the rough texture you will see on his premium pipes. Each pipe is crafted to make a piece of art, utilizing the grain patterns to best advantage and smoke ability. His career took him away from his ‘labor of love’ at times, but now in retirement he is once again able to dedicate the time required to handcraft truly unusual freehand pipes. He also refurbishes and refits ‘estate’ pipes. These pipes are used or pre-owned pipes which are cleaned, polished and refitted with new stems. Howard currently resides here in Crossville.