Nick Pancheau and Sean Thomas make one-of-a-kind pipes.
Nick Pancheau, left, watches his fellow pipe maker Sean Thomas rough cut the outline of a pipe bowl in Pancheau’s shop on Billings’ West End.
A pipe made by Nick Pancheau and Sean Thomas. All of the pipes made by the pair use briar burl imported from Italy or Algeria.
Pancheau and Thomas use leather stain to color their one-of-a-kind pipes.
Finished and unfinished pipes cover an area of the workbench in the shop. It takes Pancheau and Thomas between eight and 12 hours to make a pipe from start to finish.
Nick Pancheau, an architect, and Sean Thomas, an artist, combine their disciplines to create unique pipes.
With a compass, Pancheau lays out a pipe in his wood shop.
A pipe begins to take shape in Pancheau’s shop.
Nick Pancheau and Sean Thomas are guided, in part, by a client’s desires when designing a particular pipe.
Pancheau drills out the bowl of a pipe.
Nick Pancheau and Sean Thomas collaborate to make pipes for their part-time enterprise, the Occasional Pipe Co.
Pipe makers Nick Pancheau, left, and Sean Thomas enjoy a smoke in Pancheau’s shop.
With Monday’s Billings City Council approval for payment of a final $85,025.25 bill for asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library, Library Director Bill Cochran said he thinks that’s the last of the payments.
With the help of the Billings library TECH Center and a pair of Billings architects — one of them in training, the other practicing — a group of 10 Billings area teenagers learned last week how to design, render and print everyday items in three dimensions.