Since the end of the 19th Century, the pipe-making industry, particularly relating to briar pipes, has undergone constant evolution in terms of shapes, finishing, brands and artisans.
The philosophy that inspires Martín Pipes is to offer exceptional pipes providing long and pleasant smokes, thereby satisfying both the most discerning smoker and the highly specialized collector.
Rafa Martín carefully selects the best briar from several Mediterranean regions, paying special attention to the quality of raw materials . He is devoted to producing freehand pipes, avoiding any traditional shapes that he reserves for machine-made pipes.
The shapes emerge directly from the briar plateau, with skillful interpretation of the grain pattern suggesting the final result. He never uses any kind of filler, preferring to maintain the wood in its natural condition. The result varies from spectacular straight grains to rusticates, culminating in totally handmade pieces in natural finish without any kind of stain.
The care and dedication that Rafa invests in every phase of the pipe-making process necessarily makes his annual production very limited.