Josef Prammer was born in 1953 and completed an apprenticeship as a toolmaker. As an passionate pipe smoker himself, he soon produced pipes and so in 1993 he made his hobby into a sideline. He is one of the few Austrian pipemakers, popular for repairs of any kind of contact. 200-250 pieces per year run through his workshop in Ungenach (Upper Austria), ready to leave and characterized by extremely precise processing and high accuracy. For his pipes Josef Prammer uses Calabrian plateau briar and above all, bog oak. As a pioneer of the german scene, he started in 1997 with the handling of this particular type of wood, oak wood for thousands of years in mud deposited, with high material density and very resistant to heat.
Since he pays special attention to the high quality of this material, he regularly orders analyses at the Technical University of Vienna, and at the University of Agricultural Sciences. Mouthpieces are made of various materials, from hand-cut ebonite, on cumberland, to acrylic, and are appropriately selected depending on pipe model. Not unduly Josef Prammer regarded as the bog oak specialist, because he has decades of experience with this particular material to provide better functionality and to give his pipes a distinctive finish.