Pipes are made all over the world by people who follow the construction methods that
they were taught or that work for them. No one is better than the next however one might be better depending on the application or intent, I am going to try to describe each school of thought as I see them.
1. The English School. Although I have learned many ways of doing things from the different disciplines of pipemaking I always seem to be coming back to this school.
A simple wood lathe head stock and some sharp turning tools and its off to the races
for classic shape pipes, All classic shapes can be turned on a wood lathe as thats how they
were turned since there inception. Below is an example of what I've been saying with Barry Jones of
Charatan and James Upshall.
As simple as the wood lathe set up is it serves a great purpose, and that is the ability
of fast production with little or no set up time. With knowledge of a few turning tools
shapes can be made faster than they can be turned on a metal lathe by nature of the time needed to adjust tooling When you have to turn 3 or more pipes of different shapes It appears to be the commonsenseical approach Next week the French School.