Among all the independent artisans we represent, Joseph Skoda is one of the most serious about his craft. An accomplished craftsman long before he learned the art of pipe making, this New York native brought his knowledge of cabinetry and model ship making to bear, and has been creating unique, beautiful, and well-engineered pipes since 1998.
Each Skoda pipe is unique. They are immediately recognizable from across the room. While Joe loves the diversity of form that accompanies the briar pipe, he has a style all his own. Joe likes to play with texture and grain orientation as well as singular interpretations of classic shapes. His mouthpieces are crafted from the finest German ebonite and he regularly incorporates other rare and luxurious materials like exotic woods and turquoise. Many of the shanks on his pipes are meticulously pieced from these contrasting layers, creating a whimsical and distinctive profile. Each pipe is designed to be a sensory masterpiece, engaging the sight, touch, and taste of the smoker.
Joes’ pipes are made in several grades. Most will simply be stamped “Skoda Pipes” with a four-digit code, the first two numbers of which are the year the pipe was made and the last two the number of pipe made that year. His high grades are marked with the Greek Alpha and Omega, and come in two types: Alpha B and Alpha, which is his highest grade.
Each one of Joe’s pipes is a labor of love. As such, his production extremely limited, but you can rest assured that each specimen is nothing short of perfection. We are honored to represent his work among some of the world’s finest artisan pipe makers.