Mark Tinsky Pipes
Mark Tinsky Pipes
Mark Tinsky makes uniquely American pipes. Each smoking pipe begins with quality briar selection after the aging process. Tinsky moves to classic shapes but then puts his personal touch on the tobacco pipe. He uses a variety of stains and combines finishing styles. The marriage of smooth and rusticated or sandblast finishes result in a look that is undeniably Tinsky's. Going a step further, he adds decorations to the shanks, stems, and even the top of the bowls. Such additions compliment Tinsky's wonderful briar and complete his trademark look.
Mark Tinskey's career spans over 40 years, making him a legend among American pipe carvers. He started out with Curt Rollar in the shop of Jack Weinberger. Mark and Curt would clean the briar blocks for Weinberger before moving up the latter to carve pipes. They made lots of freehands in Jack's shop. These early lessons instilled a love of pipes in Tinsky. He enjoyed working with each piece of briar to see what shape would emerge.
Besides a love of pipes, Mark Tinsky and Curt Rollar shared an interest in bicycling. They decided to bike around the world, and the trip started in Europe during 1974. Mark and Curt formed The American Smoking Pipe Company on that trip. When they returned from Europe, they left Jack Weinberger and moved into a farm owned by Curt's grandparents. The first machinery and shop were made from selling the lumber of the barns. Mark and Curt's first pipes appeared in 1979.
The 1980s were a good decade for Mark and Curt. After moving the company to Pennsylvania, they began to get into their first shops. Georgetown Pipe and Tobacco was among the first to take a chance on the new pipes. From there, Mark Tinsky drove to Lennox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia. Allen Mandell sold Mark's pipes while Mark was in the shop. Mandell went on to make the largest purchase yet. Back in Georgetown, John Hayes left Georgetown Pipe and Tobacco. He remembered Mark Tinsky and offered Mark the first pipe show to feature the tobacco pipes.
In the 1990s, Mark Tinsky experienced a reversal of fortune. Curt Rollar left The American Smoking Pipe Company to pursue other interests, and new pipe orders began to evaporate. Mark worried his business would go away, but he found a way. He added repair work to the company, so The American Smoking Pipe Company survived. The repair business proved a great way to keep the doors open and taught Tinsky some new tricks for making pipes. Fixing the mistakes and broken bits showed Tinsky some finer details.
Now, new pipe order increase, and Mark is able to return to full time carving. Custom orders dominate the work these days, but he still finds time to make his own creations. Add one of these easy smoking, undeniably American pipes to your collection.
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Tinsky Pipes - Capped Pipe - Bent Dublin
Tinsky Pipes - Unique Bent - Danish Ball
Tinsky Pipes - Unique Bent - Rhodesian
Mark Tinsky Pipes - Black & Tan - Bent Bulldog
Mark Tinsky Pipes - Morta 2020 - Lovat Author