Valery Ryzhenko

Valery Ryzhenko , born in 1964 in Kiev Ukraine. Valery started making pipes thanks to his grandfather who was an excellent cabinet maker as well as making musical instruments and even a wooden bicycle!
In 1994 , he started to smoke a pipe and to repair his own pipes and after that taught himself to make pipes and in 2003 he made his first attempt with briar.
Thanks to the Pipe Club of Kiev he got actual advices and criticism from fellow members and he later met with established pipe makers like Bill Ashton, Luigi Viprati, Former and Tom Eltang for guidance.
He uses only Italian briar and German and Japanese Ebonite.