Tobacco Pipe Documentary

Father The Flame is completed

Greetings everyone!!!   FATHER THE FLAME has been finished, locked with a soundtrack done by Kyle Campbell.  This film is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world for the coming year.   Once we have finished the festivals it will be available around the world for purchase for hard copy and digital download.    Please stay tuned for more updates as we further our submissions to the film festivals.   Cheers!

Tobacco Pipe Documentary

Black Friday Sale!!!

We are running a special for Black Friday weekend (Friday through Monday).

All of the Father the Flame logo pipes by Chacom are 25% off. There are only 15 left, so get yours soon!

We also have a trio of pipes made by Lee Erck, one of the main characters of the film. These are discounted by $100 only for this weekend!

As always, you can also make a tax-exempt donation to the film. Instructions are in the “Get Involved” section.

We are so close to finishing the film! Every little bit helps us get closer to getting the film out to you!

Tobacco Pipe Documentary

Father the Flame Online Auction

Tonight at 5 pm EST Father the Flame will be hosting an auction at This is a unique opportunity to support the film, and bring home a unique pipe made by a couple of pipe artisans, and one of the most renowned pipe factories in the world.

We have several pipes donated by Lee Erck of Von Erck Classics, RobE, and Antoine Grenard of Chacom. You can check out more pictures and descriptions here at the auction site.

All proceeds are going straight to finishing the film. We have completely locked the picture, the talented Kevin Kyle Campbell has finished the original score, and now we just need to do a sound mix and acquire clear title to some of the historical images and footage used in the film.

We have also already begun submitting to film festivals. We are excited to be so close to sharing the finished project with all of you. We will continue to post updates on our Facebook page and our twitter account

Thank you for all of your amazing support!

The FTF Team

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Work-in-progress screening Details

As a thanks to our Chicago Pipe Show family that started this whole journey, we’re hosting a work-in-progess screening at this year’s 2017 show.

Where: The New Orleans Ballroom at Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL
When: Friday, May 5 at 9PM

It will be a good opportunity for our friends of the film to see where it’s at so far. It is free to attendees of the pipe show with limited seating. We hope to see you there!

Screening in Chicago 2017!

Hello friends. It has been a long year with many ups and downs, and although we’ve been mostly silent throughout the year, the project has continued to progress. We want to thank all of you for your support, financially, spiritually and with your time investments. We are pleased to announce that we will be having a private screening of the entire film at the Chicago pipe show this coming May 2017! 

The exact details are yet to be figured out, and it will most likely be a work-in-progress, but it’s free and open to anyone (no tickets needed), so if you’re itching to see what we’ve been toiling over for the past five years, make plans to head to the show the first weekend in May, and come see us! Find out more about the show here:

To accompany this exciting news, we’re releasing a sneak preview trailer for a limited time that gives more scope to the direction of the film. We hope you enjoy seeing our progress thus far, and look forward to completing the film in the coming year. Blessings to you all, and Happy New Year!


Exciting news, friends of the flame!

We have been invited by the Chicago Pipe Show to share a preview of Father The Flame along with a Q&A after.
It has been an enlightening journey over the past five years since we began this project, and we’re very excited to finally put some footage in front of an audience. This will also allow us to share a little bit of who we are, our story and our journey into why we chose to pursue the film. See schedule below.

Friday, April 29
2 PM – 3 PM Presentation with 30-minute preview of full length documentary. Q&A to follow.
4 PM
– 5 PM Presentation with 30-minute preview of full length documentary. Q&A to follow.

Pheasant Run Mega Center
4051 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174

We are grateful for this opportunity and hope to see you there!

Father the Flame will be a feature-length documentary about slowing down, embracing life, and learning something in the process. It’s also about tobacco pipes.

It will delve into the modern world of the pipe culture, explore the historical journey of the tobacco pipe and show the making of a pipe from harvesting briar in Italy to a finished pipe made by a craftsman in a remote corner of upper Michigan. Through interviews, narration, and cinematic imagery the film will explore the timeless and transcendent nature of pipes.


Europe 2014 – From buried briar to masterpieces

We just returned from 16 straight days of filming through Europe. Starting in Denmark, we visited the greatest family legacy in pipes, the Ivarssons (Lars & Nanna). Their pipes are some of the most valued and sought after throughout the world, largely because of their father/grandfather, Sixten Ivarsson.

From there we went through Cologne, Germany to capture a world championship pipe-smoking contest, Saint Claude, France for an inspiring story of the birthplace of briar as a pipe medium, and finally, Italy to learn about the harvesting and cutting of Briar from Romeo Domenico (Mimmo). It was a crucial story element to the film and a greatly successful trip. 

Stay tuned for more updates as we round out the filming and tackle the edit. 

Greetings from San Diego

Last month we spent a couple of days filming at the beautiful San Diego home of pipe maker Jeff Gracik, maker of J. Alan Pipes. To say he was a great host would be a gross understatement. His work is terrific and we’re excited to share his story in the film. But seriously, if you ever make it to San Diego his skills on the espresso machine will beat any local coffee shop.


Check him out at

Richmond CORPS expo

Check out some of the highlights from the 2013 CORPS pipe expo in Richmond, VA. In attendance was our very own producer Jeremy Rush.

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The story of pipes spans the globe. There are many key players around the world that contribute to the pipe world the way it is today. Therefore the next stage of the film is to raise money to go to some places in Europe that are key to the story of pipes. We’ll visit the infamous briar hound and second generation briar cutter, Mimmo ( who will take us to a place where briar is harvested from the ground. It’s exceedingly hard work and has never been captured the way we intend to show it.  e’ll also show us his cutting and selection process which he learned from his father and is continuing to refine to near perfection. 

A few other places we will go include a pipe factory and pipe shop in Italy, an ebonite stem manufacturer in Germany, world renowned pipe maker in Denmark, Meerschaum mine in Turkey and pipe historian in England. In all we estimate the trip will take 3 weeks and the cost for equipment, crew, food, lodging and airfare will be $75,000.