Wallenstein has had a love affair with pipes his entire life. His brothers, father and grandfathers all smoked pipes and Rodgers first experience with one was at the ripe age of 14. He became a lawyer and always dreamed of making pipes, combined with his love for more contempory designs. Once Roger felt he was ready and relaxed enough to start making pipes, he did and blew the pipe world away. His early shapes resembled nothing the Danish or Italian freehand carvers were producing, all very unique and not "a Slave of the Shape" as Rodger puts it.