Chinese Pipe Culture & Market – Chicago Pipe Show 2024
April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Born in the lovely coastal city of Da Lian, China (PRC), Ping Zhan left to attend college, where he graduated with degrees in science and technology. Upon graduation, Mr. Zhan excelled for over a decade as a software engineer and, at that time, started to realize his lifetime dream of exploring the realms of painting and three-dimensional art. It was also during the latter half of this period when he started to take notice of pipes and pipe smoking and began to think of the latter in terms of being sculptural objects. The die was cast. Though self-taught, Ping Zhan is heavily influenced by the legendary Japanese pipemakers, followed by the famous Danes. His briars are precise and beautiful, his stems and bits are hand-shaped from ebonite, and his tenon and mortise work is a thing of genuine beauty.
Guo Hui Zhang, an importer of pipe-making materials, opened the G.H. Zhang workshop in 2017 after discovering his passion for fine pipes. Partnering with a number of professional pipe makers from around the world, G.H. Zhang produces artisanally designed pipes at reasonable prices. Initially shaped on CNC machines, these pipes are then fitted with stems and finished by hand, ensuring high-quality pipes that want for nothing in looks or performance. Today, 12 new pipes from the workshop boast sophisticated style and handsome grain, including sandblasted and smooth examples of shapes by Ping Zhan, J. Alan, Abe Herbaugh, Dirk Heinemann, and Cornelius Mänz. Source: SmokingPipes.com
Seminar – Open discussion about the Chinese market and pipe smoking hobby in China. GH Zhang’s new enterprise manufactures machine-making pipes in collaboration with pipe carvers from all over the world.