Kitahara of Japan

Ichi Kitahara is a student of Hiro Tokutomi. He's enormously gifted with his hands, a jewelry maker, fresco artist, and sushi chef who discovered his true calling as a pipe maker in 2004. Like Kent Rasmussen, his artistic sensibilities and manual dexterity has allowed him to ascend the ranks of pipe makers with dispatch, and his work shows a mastery of design and technique that is quite exemplary and distinctly Japanese. Still reasonably priced, his work will no doubt win more adherents in the future, and his prices will rise correspondingly.