Markus Fohr Clay Pipe #5 white or black
A Colonial-era Clay Tavern Pipe by Old German Clay Pipes
Markus Fohr is a pipe maker who lives in Montabaur, Germany, about 70 miles from Frankfurt, Cologne and Düsseldorf in the region of Westerwald.
His family has been making clay pipes for generations. He uses the fine white clay of the region which has been prized for centuries and is used to create the famous pottery of this region.
Some of the molds used are originals going back 240 years.
“I make pipes in the traditional way…” Markus Fohr
A note on the Markus Fohr black pipes:
These pipes are made with the same white clay as the standard white Markus Fohr pipes, but have been finished in a separate process that smokes the finished pipe using wood chips resulting in a blacked pipe.
Heating this pipe on coals or in a stove as a way of cleaning will burn off the residue inside the bowl, but should not affect the black finish of the pipe. We do however, recommend simply letting the pipe air dry. Most M. Fohr pipes will accept a pipe cleaner, but great care must be taken to avoid breaking the stem.
“Hi guys, Just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying my Markus Fohr black clay, #5. I don’t like to smoke too much at a time, and the small bowl is perfect. Plus the pure flavour of the tobacco coming through, and no ghosts in the pipe! After gently tapping out any dottle, I’ve had good results cleaning out the bowl with the reamer on my Swiss Army knife (being careful to hold the pipe by the bowl and not apply too much pressure). I’ve also found that an occasional clean with sodium bicarbonate works well to clean out any built up residue – I just rub it around the inside of the bowl with my finger, then rinse in warm water and leave to air dry. ”
– G.S., Australia