Michal Novak is a pipe maker from Prague, Czech Republic. In the 1990s he ventured toward pipe and tobacco media and spent some time working for Cigar and Pipe Cocktail magazine. During this work experience, he was fortunate enough to visit many of the pipe companies and workshops in Italy, Denmark, and Germany. Michael took well to briar, and learned from Jan Kloucek. Michal still works closely with Jan to make pipes in his mind's eye for friends and customers. Michal's pipe production is typical for an artisan; lower volume to allow extra time for the design process. His pipes are sometimes stained, and sometimes pieces will have a darker finish but the majority are simply smooth pieces of briar with only wax. This shows off the natural beauty of the wood. His stems are either vulcanite or acrylic and can occasionally be drilled to accept a 9 millimeter filter.