Kennedy (Ken) Barnes - English Pipe-maker. Born 1955 and died unexpectedly in April 2021, posted extensively in the PipesMagazine.com Forums.
[At the bottom are links to two PDF downloads of compilations of his posts, kindly compiled by Jesse Silver, sorted into Charatan and Upshall pipe brands.]
Ken started his pipe making career at age 13 at the Charatan factory in London during school holidays and at 16 worked in the Charatan shop in Jermyn Street, London.
From 1973-1977 he was trained at Charatan in the art of pipe-making by craftsman Barry Jones and Joan Nicholson, both of whom worked with Reuben Charatan in the 1950s. In 1978, two years after the Dunhill takeover of Charatan, he formed his own pipe manufacturing company with Barry Jones called The Tilshead Pipe Co. producing James Upshall Pipes. He ran this company for 11 years and sold his shares in 1989.
In 2016, after a 27-year break from pipe-making, Ken had the urge to make what he referred to as, "a few really fine high-grade English classical shapes" Ken was making these pipes in Cornwall, England in the years proceeding his untimely death.
Ken Barnes on Charatan - PipesMagazine Posts Compiled by Jesse Silver (sablebrush52)
PDF Download Link - 261 pages - 22,779 words. File size: 85 MB
Ken Barnes on Upshall - PipesMagazine Posts Compiled by Jesse Silver (sablebrush52)
PDF Download Link - 170 pages - 17,490 words. File size: 36 MB