Tom Richard Mehret was born in Karlsruhe in 1956 and was trained as an architect. Early in his career, he discovered the joy of wood-working and felt, as an avid pipe smoker, the desire to produce some pipes. He moved to Schleswig-Holstein close to the workshops of major Danish pipemakers, which led in part to a very productive synergy. The first contact with briar, he had at the legendary reparation shop Syring in Flensburg and with a few tips and tricks from veteran Rainer Barbi, he created the first "Tom Richard Pipe" in 2003. His style is characterized by high quality materials and by excellent treatment of the raw material. He uses carefully selected briar from Calabria and Corsica, hand-cut vulcanite for mouthpieces and precious wood or brazil-horn for applications. Recently he has discovered his passion for bog oak, this 4000-5000 year-old specific wood, to create some magic artworks. A notable accent is the special treatment of oil and wax to the wood surface - all the pipes out of his workshop are unique. Above all, its interpretation of Danish and especially handy pipe models are remarkable.