The internet pipe community is a wonderful place. It can bring together pipe lovers and pipemakers in a more personal way. A few weeks ago on Instagram I was led to Paul Menard in Los Gatos California. Having only been making pipes for about 4 months I was impressed with both his craftsmanship and originality. Not only that but he uses woods that, for a good part of his work, comes from his local area. Madrone burl, Redwood and Epiwood (Ironwood) are just some of the woods.. I had to share.. check him out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulsPipes
I have been smoking one of the ironwood billards for about a week now and it is a wonderful addition to my rotation.