We proudly feature a reprinting of the recent article of Joao Reis from the Summer 2007 issue of Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine here! Read in detail the history and inspirations of one of the worlds foremost young pipecarving talents. Click on this link or on the thumbnail to the left to read the article in its entirety.
What do Kai Nielsen, Jorgen Nielsen, Poul Ilsted, and Tom Eltang have in common? Well, young pipe carver Joao Reis studied various aspects of the art of pipe carving under all four Danish pipe masters. At the ripe "old" age of 27, You could almost consider Joao Reis one of the princes of pipe carving.
Joao started carved his first pipes in 1998, using very few tools, but it was evident at the beginning that Mr. Reis had talent. At this point in time, Joao was working primarily as a cabinet-maker, having always been skilled in woodworking. From there, his evolution has been rocketing skyward. Mr. Reis surely belongs in an exclusive pantheon which includes some of the best young pipe carvers in the world. His potential is unlimited, and title of Grand Master is only a matter of time...
While visiting this page, be sure to visit the following:
-Go to the "Pipe Images" section and view some scintillating examples of Joao's work. As you will see on that page, there is no shape (classic or freehand) which Joao cannot construct without miraculous results. Neither is there a finish that he will not render with aplomb (available in smooth <various stains>, sandblasted and rusticated)
-Also visit the "History" section to learn a little more about the person behind the work and his inspiration.
-The "Finishes" page has detailed information on what finishes and ornamentation Joao uses on his pipes.
-Last but certainly not least (coming soon), we will have pictures on the site of Joao at the work bench working on various aspects of the pipe carving process. Sort of like an artist with his paint brush, easel, and canvas! This will be called "Joao Reis Photo Album".
We know that you will think as highly of Joao as we do. Thanks for looking!
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