Welcome to the forums and congrats on a cool little creepy pipe! I've been an Olie Sylvester fan for a while, although I only have one of his pipes. Mine is one of his little "Bloody Knuckles" meerschaum pipes. I think that most pipe smokers find them a little too novel, or creepy, or something. I think they're fun and quirky. I might have to get one of his briar pipes someday.
Your pipe is a rather nice example of the Zombie pipes, some of which can be quite gruesome. You try smoking it yet?
I'm a little skeptical of the "creepiness" claim, and the fact that the stems don't come off the pipes for cleaning. Many of the pipes look interesting and unusual, but I'm not sure I especially like them being sold as creepy. Let us be the judge of that. I do like his original interpretations, and some of his small "imp" pipes look more traditional and pretty good at that.
Sorry mso, I was using the word creepy to describe the general feel of some of the designs. That's just my opinion, not saying that is how anyone else is supposed to see them. Olie himself calls the pipes "Monstrosities", and describes them as ugly. So I guess everyone can call them as they see them. How about weirdly beautiful?
PS: Mine comes apart to clean, not sure of other styles.
I think Olie is one of the hidden treasures of the pipe hobby. He is just a great person. His podcasts are really exceptional. I probably have bought 4-5 of his pipes. They are not for me be the younger crowd at the pipe club.
I have one of the Nazgul series. It just called to me. It's quite disturbing in many ways and I doubt I'll smoke it but who knows...maybe one of these days. I keep it on the shelf to keep the other pipes from getting too uppity.
I e-mailed Olie with a question concerning the limited edition Imp series they have at Cup O' Joes. That led to us exchanging a few more e-mails and I wound up ordering my first commissioned pipe today. The name stamped on the bottom will be "Son of Sam".
I have a few of Olie's pipes and got to work with him for a long weekend about a year and a half ago. The stems come off the pipes. In some cases with the Zombies where they won't, he clearly states that. I can personally attest to the quality and craftsmanship of his pipes. I also can tell you that you will never meet anyone nicer, kinder, and weirder than Olie in the entire hobby!