I was born in 1967 in Kiev,Ukraine, graduated from the Kiev Energy Technical Secondary School, and later served as a border troop. I was a very young twenty-three years of age when I first got involved in pipemaking, preparing and polishing stems for the Gold Gate pipe factory in Kiev. As I gained experience my duties expanded to shaping and finishing, with my pay being based upon how flawless I could make each pipe. By 1997 I was ready to go independent, which is exactly what I did, with my earliest work being fashioned from Albanian briar. Somewhere along the way, curiously enough, I also picked up a second career as stuntman, working on the set of many films in the Russian entertainment industry. I am, as far as I know, the only stuntman-pipemaker currently active. Or just as likely, ever, for that matter. )))))
I produce some 200 pipes annually. I've been participating in shows on this side of the Atlantic since 2006, in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland, and began attending the Chicago show in 2008.