In 1974, as an autodidact, I made a pipe for my own pleasure. I enjoyed the project so much that after a year of pipe-making my first pipe was offered for sale at a German pipe merchant’s. Within three years I gave up my original profession as a qualified sports teacher and have been a fully professional pipe-maker since 1979.
Simplicity counts: the taste, the quality of the wood and the colour are the most important criteria for me. The taste must be agreeable, capable of inspiring. The quality of the wood can be immediately recognized with the eye. As regards form, I orientate myself to classic pipe forms, keeping them as simple as possible. And the quality of the hand-made mouthpiece out of natural rubber is as important as the quality of the bowl.
Article Karlheinz Joura and his Love of Freedom, at Pipesmagazine.com, Rick Newcombe, 2015.
Article in In Search of Pipe Dreams, Rick Newcombe, 2003, 2nd Edition 2006, p. 178-184.
Article In Good Taste in the magazine Pipes and Tobaccos, covertext: Karlheinz Joura's Pipemaking Art, Stephen A. Ross, 2005, p. 28-32.
Article 12.000 Euro für eine Pfeife at Zeit Online, Markus Schlaufe, 01.11.2010.
Photos from Britta Picznitzky at Zeit.de, 01.11.2010.
Article Auf der Suche nach dem hölzernen Gold in the magazine of Kurier am Sonntag, 27.12.2009.
Television program Tach auch, zu Besuch beim Pfeifenmacher Karlheinz Joura in Bremen, 2013.