On the Way to Chicago
Like in earlier years, German pipes will be presented by their makers at
this year's show in Chicago. For some makers, this will be a completely new
experience, but they are sure to be supported by US-experienced colleagues.
Read here about their hopes and experience.
Chicago 2007! Goose bumps, wet armpits and a pain in the stomach.
WA: You aren't really nervous because of the oncoming show, are you?
FA: Well, even when my daughter was born I was somehow more relaxed. And yet
I'll be flying there.
WA: What are your motivations? What are you hoping for?
FA: By now I can work fast enough and deliver high enough a quality to feel
that I'm able to supply a small number of dealers with pipes on a regular
basis. And, after all, Chicago is the stage on which you get in touch with
dealers, particularly with regards to foreign markets.
WA: So your main motivation is contacting potential dealers for your pipes?
FA: No, after all Chicago is primarily a meeting of collectors. It certainly
doesn't do any harm to be seen in such a place. I'm sure it's easier for
people to buy a pipe from someone they've talked to and had a coffee with
before, than from someone they don't know at all.
WA: And it's about time that the German pipemaking craft gets more publicity
abroad, isn't it?
FA: After Cornelius showed up in the firmament a few years ago, a lot seems
to be happening in the scene of German newcomers. If you look around a bit
you'll again and again see someone pop up like out of nowhere and lay a
couple of great pipes onto the table. Supported by established and
experienced frontmen, such as Rainer Barbi and Achim Frank, we are seeing
the continuous growth of a pretty good potential. This needs to be
presented, and where else can you do that, if not on a stage such as Chicago
WA: You'll certainly be able to gather many new impressions and meet
FA: There's probably no other location to see so much exquisiteness in one
place. This is true for the pipes themselves, naturally, but also for all
the pipemakers that are present there, and the other icons of the scene.
There may be a couple of further, secondary reasons, but this is essentially
what I hope Chicago to be like for me. And this is what - despite all the
nervousness - I look forward to like mad.