J.M. Boswell is considered to be one of the finest Master pipemakers in the world. His reputation is exemplary, and his craftsmanship is legendary. Working from sun up till the midnight hours, 7 days a week for most of the past 40 years, J.M. has produced thousands of handmade pipes for folks to enjoy. His dream, back in the 70s, was to make the best smoking pipes with the highest quality briar wood at an affordable price.
J.M. Boswell has succeeded in doing so.
J.M. became a U.S. importer for Briar wood so that he could supply briar to other pipemakers. By doing this, he was able sell his own pipes at an affordable price. With the finest quality Briar available in the world, years of skill and his pipe master’s hands working to form the most beauty from a block of prime briar, a Boswell pipe is born.
Pipers come from all over the world to visit J.M. and Dan, and on any given day there are usually customers that have driven hundreds of miles to visit, relax in the smoking parlor, and find that special Boswell pipe to take home. They enjoy getting to know their customers, whether from around the corner or around the country, and feel fortunate that they take the time to come and visit.
J.M. and Dan take great pride in making high quality handcrafted, American made smoking pipes. Admired for their craftsmanship, their handmade pipes are created for the rigors of everyday use and truly made to last.
J.M. and Dan, who work fulltime, side by side together, have created pipes that range from the smallest to the largest smoking pipes made in the world.
Boswell’s is a family - owned business with a family environment.
Their home and store are all at one location, which allows them to work the hours they do. “It really is our own Pipe Dream, we are so blessed!” J.M. and Gail were married in the Bicentennial year, 1976 ; and they have two children, Dan and Rachel .
Dan has known he wanted to follow in his fathers’ footsteps since he was a young boy, helping J.M. after school and during summer vacation. He has been working for the family business full time since he graduated high school, and plans on continuing the proud family tradition for many years to come.
Dan met his wife Julie in 1998, while she was attending Shippensburg University. They were married in 2000 and have two children, Lilly and Mason Briar, who enjoy spending time here at the shop with their grandparents and the dogs (who are also members of the family!) Lilly is now in middle school and is active in student council and the school drama club. Mason is in 3rd grade and plays football and wrestles for the local youth teams.
Both grandchildren love to sit at J.M.’s workbench with him to check out what new pipes he is making. Julie takes care of the mail order here at the store.
J.M. and Gail’s daughter, Rachel, worked in the store when she was younger. She has pursued a career in financing and also sells our estate pipes on eBay.
Gail’s family background has involved pipes since long ago- her Father, Uncles, and Aunt made pipes in the late 1930s for the Weber Pipe factory in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her father’s family lived on Cator Avenue, the same as the factory, and they would walk to work each day. Their family history brings an incredible depth and passion for pipemaking!
”Over 70 years of pipe history in our family, and still continuing.”