The Work of Maksim Nazarenko
Staying active in the Social Media world can be a daunting task. Especially when you have several venues and or entities that you need to keep up on making sure they are relevant and active, as well as the other sites, blogs, and Facebook® pages you want to keep an eye on. Be that as it may, it gives all of us an ability to keep posted on those subjects that are important to us, and for journalists a steadily renewed collective resource for all things current to our particular genre. Enter Maksim Nazarenko.
Prior to the worldwide web, getting to know a product produced in another country was slaw to happen and expensive. Electronically connecting the world does come with its down-side, but on a positive note it brings fantastic work that might otherwise not be seen outside one’s own country to the video screens and monitors in our living rooms and office across the globe.
Maksim Nazarenko of the Ukraine has a Facebook Page on which he spreads his work. Images from his studio appear on my (and soon your) screens, and to me bring great joy. I LOVE what I see. So, taking the initiative to learn more.
Maksim started getting into this industry just as a hobbyist and social smoker or pipes. As he calls it his “love for pipe smoking” excited him beyond the level of neophyte user to neophyte pipemaker.
He goes on,
“The idea to make the smoking pipes in a professional way was given to me by my friend Yuriy Kundiev. I made my first pipe in autumn, 2008, when I decided to change my life completely. Now I devote the most part of my time to making the smoking pipes.”
His pipes range from traditional to exotic, and it seems he has an affinity for a blasted finish, but as you can see, makes a fine smooth finish as well. Regardless of the finish however, attention to fine detail seems to the the rule of the day with the pipes from Nazarenko. I’ve seen straight grain, flame grain, cross grain, and all types and styles of briar use, and the results on each one are simply fantastic.
Attention to detail seems to be bore out on what Maksim comments on regarding the production of pipes;
“Usually it takes me more than 30 hours to make one pipe. I start my work with…(an) idea. Than I put paper and pencil to use: There is no way to set to work without an engineering drawing of a pipe, at least a sketch. When the drawing is ready, it’s time to choose the right piece of briar.”
Choosing the briar seems to be a skill that Maksim has learned well in the years since he began making pipes in 2008. He is now using mostly all Mediterranean briar, and as a rule Italian gets it all from Romeo Domenico (Mimmo). He has mentioned the desire to also try Algerian, Spanish and Greek briar, but has not done so as of yet. His briar choices are exquisite, and the finished products that I have seen show little if any poor choices in raw materials. In manufacturing, virtually every step is done by hand. only the tobacco chambers and draft holes. Everything else is done by hand.
“I pay much attention to polishing of airhole in stem, although many think there is no necessity at all. But I think that airhole polished to (a) shine has a beneficial effect on the smoking process as well as easy cleaning of a pipe”
This is the pipe that drew me to look into Maksim’s work. I’m a sucker for a quality Lumberman or Canadian style pipe. I loved the finish, I loved the grain, I love the stain, and the polish on the rim is just how I like mine.
I also find Maksim’s stems done professionally and many with some fantastic accents. The stems themselves are are all hand cut from German Ebonite and Cumberland. as accent materials you will regularly find a variety of exotic woods, some horn and frequently imitation elephant ivory as well.
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