What do Kai Nielsen, Jorgen Nielsen, Poul Ilsted, and Tom Eltang have in common? Well, young pipe carver Joao Reis studied various aspects of the art of pipe carving under all four Danish pipe masters. At the ripe "old" age of 27, You could almost consider Joao Reis one of the princes of pipe carving.
Joao started carved his first pipes in 1998, using very few tools, but it was evident at the beginning that Mr. Reis had talent. At this point in time, Joao was working primarily as a cabinet-maker, having always been skilled in woodworking. From there, his evolution has been rocketing skyward. Mr. Reis surely belongs in an exclusive pantheon which includes some of the best young pipe carvers in the world. His potential is unlimited, and title of Grand Master is only a matter of time.