Let There Be Pipes


[Brian Rowley is well-known among many of the Rabbit Room’s pipe smoking ilk for his incredible, hand-crafted, artisan pipes. For most of the past year he’s been working on a special project. Here he is to tell you all about it. —Pete]

A “Pipe Of The Year” is a common practice among small communities, who share both the love of the community, and the art of pipe smoking. The concept is simple, find a pipemaker who will make number of pipes, specifically crafted for the community, and stamp them each as such. The idea is to have all of the pipes made in the exact same shape and size, so that they’re easily recognized by the community. It’s a form of art, bonding and brotherhood.

During Hutchmoot 2012, it became know to some of the attendees that I was a pipemaker, and over the course of the conference, several people asked if I’d consider making a Rabbit Room edition pipe. I was thrilled at the prospect and began envisioning the project.

The first task was to determine the shape. A standard Billiard, the quintessential pipe for any sophisticated pipe connoisseur, seemed just a bit blasé. With a crowd as artistic as the Rabbit Room, it was important to find just the right shape. I wanted a shape that exuded class, but not a shape so classic that everyone would already have one. After some deliberation, I settled on the Dublin.

The Dublin family includes the traditional English Dublin shape as well as the Zulu, Yachtsman, Cutty, and Belge. The primary characteristic is a gracefully forward-tilted bowl that tapers downward from rim to heel. The Dublin I chose favors the shape of the Zulu.

In a traditional Pipe Of The Year, they are all made exactly the same. For this first run, I wanted them to be all the same, and all different; so while each pipe is the same size and shape, each is also uniquely finished, allowing each buyer to choose with personal preference in mind. It’s my hope that as long as interest exists for a Rabbit Room Pipe Of The Year, I’ll produce a unique set each year by choosing a different shape.

Lastly, each pipe has been meticulously hand crafted, to provide the best fit and finish and quality that can only be expected from a high-end pipe. Duly stamped with the official Growley logo, as well as the Rabbit Room Smoking Rabbit, these pipes will forever be known as the the first offical Rabbit Room pipe!

About the Pipes

The briar (Erica Aborea) was hand selected and imported from the finest Italian woodcutter, Romeo Briar, and each stem was hand cut from raw Ebonite or Acrylic rods imported from Germany.

Each pipe measures the following:

Length: 4.9”
Height: 1.8”
Width: 1.4”
Chamber Bore: .75”
Chamber Depth: 1.2”
Weight: 1.4 oz

[This inaugural set of seven pipes will be sold at Hutchmoot 2013 on a first-come, first-served basis. They are priced at $295 each, a specially discounted price just for this event. Visit GrowleyPipes.com to see more of Brian’s work.]


Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. Sir Jonathan C. Andrews

    I remember how excited I was to meet Brian Rowley at the second Moot. David Toney joined us outside and we had a great time sharing pipe stories and talking about our favorite leaf. I won’t forget when Brian showed us some of his pipes and from watching his work they’ve gotten better and better. I’ll really miss the Hutchsmoke this year. I won’t even be able to Hutchcrash to have a smoke and see old friends this time. Someone please give John Barber a break from the store so he can join. He deserves it.

  2. Peter B

    Brian, this makes me grin so hard. Well done.

    Since I don’t smoke, I’ll see about spelling John from the store.

  3. Scott Richardson

    I think I had a dream about this last night (prior to reading this post) … someone was explaining all things “pipe” to me … and showing me some beautiful pipes he had for sale. Must have been Brian R. Weird.

  4. Chris Rule

    This makes me want to buy a ticket to Hutchmoot if only to purchase one of these…among other things, of course. I have yet to buy an American made pipe, so this would be a great choice

  5. Brian

    Thanks guys. The pipes are freshly waxed, shined and securely packaged up for the trip tomorrow. It looks like my ETA will be about 5:00. I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon! In fact, from a productivity perspective…I think today is shot. I so enjoy Hutchmoot.

  6. Peter Rabbit

    Gag! Cough, cough!…. Well have fun, Gents! I’ll be sure to stay inside my rabbit hole while when you come out to smoke! Unless, of course you’d like to set up a pipe right our side my door to be used as a sort of fire pit. Then I could invite some other friends of mine to help me read some C.S Lewis. It is incredibly difficult, being an animal of my size, to hold a book open and read it!

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