Typical Ming-Kahuna owners are seeking something more from the total pipe smoking experience. Its more than just the smoke drawn from the pipe. Its also about the pipe itself and the tools such as a tamper that serve it. It is about those objects as an art form. Its about the pride and joy of ownership of objects that add elegance to the experience. And then for some, a certain type of person, it is about the passion of collecting. They understand the core concept of Ming-Kahuna: art that works.
My creations are a synthesis of form and function that offers a unique opportunity to apply artistic expression to an object created to perform a task. Each tamper, no other exactly alike, starts as a thought that becomes action that becomes a Ming. As I like to say, from my mind to my hands to your pipe. While the artistic/aesthetic aspects are obvious and plain to see, the functionality of the tamper remains paramount. Each piece, carved, sanded, and buffed by hand, meticulously crafted from some of the finest materials on the planet, serves the pipe smoker as an effective tool while standing on its own as an artistic object. Like a fine pipe, watch, or pen, with a Ming-Kahuna the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. But, no matter what, Ming-Kahuna owners are looking to add that something extra to their pipe smoking experience.
No, a Ming-Kahuna isnt for everyone. Since I began Ming-Kahuna in 1998 I have seen folks who look at my work and can only scratch their heads. Then there are other folks who completely get it with many who collect them passionately. Truth be told, Im fine with either. For those who get it I can serve by continuing to offer my work. For those who are less enthusiastic, once in a while I can coax them, kindly and gently, if only by showing my work, suggesting that by stepping outside the box just a little, and giving a Ming a try, they might discover a whole new dimension to the enjoyment of their pipe smoking experience.