About me

My name is Daniel Mustran and I was born in Germany in 1975. A year or so, after I was born, my parents moved to Croatia where I am living since.

I have a degree in electronic engineering and I am currently working in transformer station maintenance. For years I was interested in hi-fi electronics especially tube electronics and I am specialized in audio amplifiers – developing them from scratch into fine pieces of equipment that are able to produce “music” with emotion and accuracy.

During my whole life, from the time I can remember, I was fascinated with pipes and people smoking them. From time to time, I have been fortunate enough to get the chance to talk with guys that were smoking them. I liked it a lot – the smoke, the “ritual” wrapped around it, everything. But, what I liked the most was the sense of peace those guys had while smoking those beautiful pieces of functional art. As this is what pipes truly are.

I started making pipes in spring 2010 and finished first one on Aug 13th. This homepage is all about those small, fine pieces of functional art – I hope You will like it and I invite You to explore it. I also hope that You will be able to feel the amount of energy and joy invested while making them – personally I feel them to be truly parts of myself – a way to express myself through making them.

There are few persons I have to thank for the support and much more – my parents, my wife and especially to my children who are eternal inspiration and give meaning to my life. Also a special thanks to Enrico Marola and Eder Mathias – two of my friends and mentors that helped me and are still helping me on this road.

And not to forget, I have to thank someone that actually started the wheel to spin – Vince, thank you…

A quote for the end of this section: „What we do in life echoes in eternity“,  Gen. Maximus (Gladiator movie)….

May the Force be with You…

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Articles online/ opinions:

Briar Meditations (2012): link here

Fumeurs de Pipe: (2012): link here

Smoking Pipes Planet (2013): link here

Tobbaco Days (2014): link here

Glas Slavonije (2015): link here

 

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27th of Sep 2012 update:

until 25th of Sep 2012, we were known as “tNd tobacco pipes”. Unfortunately, due to personal problems in my life I had to convert the name into “ND pipes”. Hope you will understand. Thank You and best regards

After being in this business for some time it became clear that high end pipes should be marked only with “Mustran” logo. So this is the logo you will find on my pipes

 

18th of Apr 2013 update:

You can follow my work in progress and other also on my Facebook page: type “Daniel Mustran (ND Pipes)”.

 

12nd of July 2016 update:

There are several online stores where You can find my pipes – check them bellow:

logo_pipestart            logo   4528111true north

 

02nd of August 2016 update:

I have been working with a dear friend of mine near my hometown who is making musical instruments and is also a pipesmoker…

and the news is – high grade pipes will be better and better looking from now on… less acrylic, more ebonite, better finish and similar … to cut the story short – it was a great help to work with him as, i hope, future will show …

 

Enjoy…

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Awards:

Nov.2011 – Alternative Shape Award(Pfeifenmacher Forum) Aug.2011 – Shape & Decor Award (Pfeifenmacher Forum)
Jun.2011 – Decor Award (Pfeifenmacher Forum)

Feb.2013 – Shape Award (Pfeifenmacher Forum)