Handmade tobacco pipes and other woodworking by Daniel James Barker
These pipes are not factory made. Each and every one has a personal and unique touch.
All of my current listings are posted on either Etsy or Ebay, which you can navigate to at the top of the page.
Want a more personalized pipe? Let me work with you! Head over to the contact page, and you and I can get started finding you the perfect pipe!
My name is Daniel James Barker, and I am a pipe maker from Orange City, Iowa, home of the Dutch.
After graduating with my degree in physics, life did not pan out the way I had hoped. I moved back to my hometown in Iowa, and I went into treatment to solve some missteps I had with alcoholism. In the banality of recovery and post-college life, I wanted to find something to do with my hands.
In the spring of 2019, I began pipe making on a whim. Starting without the proper tools was complicated. I drilled chambers at the local university shop, I shaped stummels on a cheep sander, and I sized tenons with a dremel and circular cutter. Slowly my shop grew, and I began taking it very seriously. Through the generosity of friends and family I was able to obtain a small lathe perfect for my style of pipe making. It’s an almost Zen experience to turn the simplest of tools – a smoking pipe – into an elegant and functional work of art.
I wear a lot of hats. I’m a podcaster, aspiring scientist, amateur astronomer, artist, and avid gamer. I can only hope that my woodworking can measure up to everything else I love.