Tom Richard Mehret, as is his full name, has been making pipes since 2003.
In Rainer Barbi's workshop he learned the most important steps necessary to
make a pipe. However, Cornelius Mänz, Reiner Thilo, Paul Becker, and Peter
Klein did not hold back their knowledge neither, but helped him jump over
the first hurdles.
Applications made of exotic wood, horn, or bamboo impart a special character
to various of Tom Richard's pipes. The stems are individually cut out of
ebonite rods. Tom Richard is also well known for his bog oak (Morta) pipes,
which he has been offering since April 2005. Bog oak is fossilized wood,
4,000 to 9,000 years old and lighter than briar. Colour and grain are left
natural, and horn or boxwood are used with some pieces.
The pipes are graded in ascending order, from C (rusticated or sandblasted)
to A. Absolute top quality pieces are marked AA. The price of a C, as of
2006, is in the order of EUR160.