I was born and raised in Moscow, Russia.
For a long time I worked in the museum of antique furniture as a restorer. I learned a lot about wood as a material and how to bring it to the perfectly desired shape. At the same time, I learned how to operate some machinery and how to work with other materials such as plastics, stone and metal.
After I moved to the USA in 1992, I have been working as a model maker and prototype designer for a number of premier model making companies. Working with modeling wax, plastic composites and 3-D computer design I realized how much I missed holding pure wood in my hands. My experiences throughout growing up and my skills have come to the level where I feel confident to complete any project that I set my mind on. Over the years I developed my unique style of designing wood pieces which incorporates with the nature of wood and my vision on how to increase the beauty of Mother Nature creations.
In the spring of 2004 my father-in-law A.A.Slonim dared me to carve the pipe for him. Soon after I started carving more and more pipes for myself, friends and relatives in USA and in Russia and discovered that my pipes attract attention of other pipe smokers.
In all my pipes I use the best materials available to me and the designs and shapes come from my vision and imagination. My goal is to bring the beauty of the wood through the pipe and deliver the joy of smoking it. My highest grade for a pipe is Elephant Slonim.
In Russian Slon means elephant.
A very nice pipe. The refurbishing work is second to none - the pipe ...
A very nice pipe. The refurbishing work is second to none - the pipe indeed looks as new. Also the shipping service (via FedEx) has been without any problems with very good information along the way. I have bought estate pipes from Neatpipes.com before (and since) and it will certainly not be the last time I shall look for new or estate pipes from you.
A very fine pipe from a very fine merchant. It is a pleasure to do ...
A very fine pipe from a very fine merchant. It is a pleasure to do business with Luca and Neatpipes.
Again a very nice Caminetto has been added to my collection. This ...
Again a very nice Caminetto has been added to my collection. This is the third Caminetto I have bought from Neatpipes and I am not in any disappointed.
Quality service and attention. The estate pipes are always presented ...
Quality service and attention. The estate pipes are always presented in excellent condition.
Beautiful pipe. Stunningly gorgeous birdseye. I have not smoked ...
Beautiful pipe. Stunningly gorgeous birdseye. I have not smoked it yet. But it is a Castello so it should be an outstanding smoker.