Briar Lab celebrates first open lab : Pipes and Tobaccos Magazine

Briar Lab celebrates first open lab

Briar Lab crew, left to right: Brandon Brooks, James Aydlott, Nate King, Michael Lindner, Sarah Steele and Joe Hinkle.

Briar Lab crew, left to right: Brandon Brooks, James Aydlott, Nate King, Michael Lindner, Sarah Steele and Joe Hinkle.

On Saturday, July 25, approximately 70 people gathered at an industrial park on Indianapolis, Indiana’s north side to enjoy beer, barbecue cooked over briar coals, and tobacco—lots and lots of tobacco—as part of the first Open Lab at Briar Lab.

Created by pipemakers to serve the pipemaking community, Briar Lab is the brainchild of Michael Lindner and Nate King, two men with more than 20 combined years of experience as professional pipemakers. Established in 2014, Briar Lab serves as a 2,000-square-foot facility that’s filled with all the equipment a pipemaker would need.

Briar Lab serves as sort of a pipemaking focal point where both experienced and novice pipemakers are invited to visit to share ideas and pick up new techniques. King and Lindner have dubbed Briar Lab a “pipemaker’s playground” and have designed the business to benefit the pipemaking community. Pipemakers who join Briar Lab are offered business advice and logo design; access to professional equipment and instruction on how to safely use it; representation at all pipe shows that are attended by Briar Lab staff; professional photography, web sales and social media marketing; and discounts on pipemaking supplies and advertising. In short, Briar Lab is built not only to create better pipemakers but to help those pipemakers build better businesses.

To raise money, Briar Lab arranged a mighty impressive collection of items, such as pipemaking supplies, limited-edition Briar Lab tobaccos made by McClelland and pipes donated by Briar Lab members that attendees could bid on in a silent auction. There was also a raffle in which lucky winners received subscriptions to Pipes and tobaccos magazine.

Created by pipemakers for pipemakers, Briar Lab offers an array of different membership options. Interested pipemakers should visit the Briar Lab website at www.briarlab.com for more information.

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Category: Fall 2015, Feature Article

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