Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 85
Los Altos, CA  94023

(650) 965-7403
The photo depicts one of the final days of the Camelot of
tobacco shops, my own Sherlock's Haven.  To my immediate
left is both good friend and my professional consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  To my immediate right is one of the great tobacco
palates, relieving me of the chore of tasting and rating each
pipe tobacco and cigar, Johnson Tacalon.  And the tall guy
behind him was the store Mgr. and current close friend, Jim
Walker.  We're surrounded by good guys and true.  
I wanted to caption this "I knew more about pipes and tobacco
when I was 7 than you do now," but my PR dep't. said that
would be a bad idea.  Looks like old curmudgeons start as
young curmudgeons, doesn't it?  Years ago, my mother told my
then newish wife that when I was a kid, all they had to do to
keep me quiet was put a hat on my head, a corn cob in my
mouth and shove me in the back seat of the car.  My wife
replied, "nothing's changed, except he's now in the front seat."
         The Mill
Oct. 8, 2018;
Be aware that this site will be closed from
Oct. 8th to Oct. 19th for repairs.
Can I be repaired in just 10 days?
Possibly.  Initially, I was hoping to make it
14 but there was mild objection here at
home and I succumbed to it.  
 I also plan on unplugging the phone.  I
don't like talking on the phone in the first
place and most definitely do not
appreciate having to deal with a pile of
backed up calls upon return.  Unplugging
the phone should obviate that issue.
 E-mail is less of an annoyance, but not a
pleasure, so don't expect fast returns on
any pipe questions you might have while
I'm away.  Best to hold them 'til after the
18th.  Plus, there is less than a guarantee
that I will be able to properly manipulate
the travel-size computer I expect to carry
& I might not be able to
retrieve e-mails at all.  
 The possibility exists that I will bring
back a story, or even two, that can be
deemed appropriate for this page.  We'll
 Until then, adios and make your plans to
come to the West Coast Pipe Show.  It's
damn near your civic duty, I should think.

Here is a list, mostly up-to-date, of the
pipe makers signed up for the West Coast
Pipe Show the 2nd weekend of Nov.
Christos Asteriou,    Ashton (Jim Craig)
Jerry Crawford,       Jim Deschaines
Franc Pipes,            Richard Friedman
Jeff Gracik,              David Huber
Gustav Cunha (MarTelo)  IMP Meerschaum
Isaac Jaffe (he can't really make a pipe but
I like pulling his chain and the thought that
he'll have to answer to people who want
to see his wares)
Will Jennings,        Dr. Bob Kiess,
Tonni Nielsen,       Steve Norse
Murf Pipes,           Brad Pohlman,
Silver Gray,           Peter Prevost
Robbie Cipolla,      Colin Rigsby
Victor & Nathan Rimkus,  Mark Stout
Matt Tresser,        Bob Swanson,      
Don Warren         Wolfgang Becker

That's a very strong line-up and will
undoubtedly be added to as we get closer
to the opening, which is Nov. 10th this

McClelland Turkish Woods Levin Personal
Reserve 1990...$75.
McClelland #25 Matured Virginia (Red &
Black aged Virginias) 4 oz. '88,'90...$100

McClelland's Venice Agonya 2007 50g. $50
McClelland's Drama Reserve 2007 50g $50
McClelland's Yenidje Highlander 2007  $75

Dunhill “Mfg'd & blended in the United
Kingdom" stamped “Cuba”  '90...50 g. $95
Dunhill  "Mfg'd & blended in the United
Kingdom"  hand printed "Prince of Wales"
Dunhill Durbar "Mfg'd & blended in the
United Kingdom"  50 g. $100

A strong nation, like a strong person, can
afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and
restrained. It can afford to extend a
helping hand to others. It is a weak
nation, like a weak person, that must
behave with bluster and boasting and
rashness and other signs of insecurity. -
Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Nobel
laureate (b. 1 Oct 1924)

Once a country is habituated to liars, it
takes generations to bring the truth back.
-Gore Vidal, writer (3 Oct 1925-2012)

I finally got to post pipe # 2 in my Human
Folly/Human Tragedy series, which I am
doing in collaboration with pipe maker
Don Gillmore.  This pipe is the Helen of
Troy, a Yachtsman commemorating the
cheating wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta,
she who's beautiful face launched 1,000
ships, started a 10 year war, created
loads of death and a razed city-state and,
as we all know, inspired a lot of seemingly
immortal literature.  
It's a great pipe, made from Grecian briar
that is proving to be a wonderful


Two new (old) tins came to me, and thus
possibly to you, yesterday.  Full  
disclosure requires that 4 tins came in,
but you will not get to see two of them
unless you live around here.  The two
remaining tins are:

McClelland's 1992 Xmas Cheer 100 g. $125
Barry Levin's 1993-1994 Nutcracker Flake
Limited Edition Virginia
"Extra Matured for the Holiday Season"
in a solid purple/pink label that I've never
seen before.  $200.  It was "created from
10 year old Virginias, then tinned and
allowed 3 additional years to mature in the
can."  by Mcclelland, of course.  

Butera's Sweet Cavendish. 1 tin. 50 g.
from same 1990s collection but date
stamp obliterated.  $25.

Ashton's Celebrated Sovereign. 1997.
100 g. 1 tin. $65.

Please take a look at our Specials page,
where we have the pipes that have been
donated to raise money for pipe maker
Rolando Negoita, who had brain tumor
surgery and is now undergoing post-
operation treatment to deal with that
And talking about Rolando, and raising
money for him, and talking about
McClelland's Virginias, we've received a
recent donation of a 100 gram, 2000
Christmas Cheer.  If you're first, and think
$85 is a good way to get that  venerated,
millenial, aged tobacco plus contribute to
a fine cause, I am here for you.  First e-
mail request.  No phone calls on this one.  

Buying a pipe is a good and painless
way to help a great member of our
Of course, cash donations to the URL
below are also welcome.
Be generous.

Don't forget to see the Original Sin Apple
on the Human Folly page.  It's called
"Paradise Lost" & it's the first pipe in our
ground breaking series that  points a
shaming finger at instances of
thoughtless human folly that inevitably
led to human tragedy.  That first five sold
out quickly, and the 2nd group, three of
them, have just arrived.  If you want one,
please let me know now as it will be
awhile before any others are produced.

It is horrifying that we have to fight our
own government to save the environment.
-Ansel Adams, photographer (20 Feb 1902-

Philanthropy: Take egotism out and you
would castrate the benefactors.  
           Ralph Waldo Emerson

available tins
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show.
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams.
New Tins arrived, including
Abingdon, and a bunch of
others from 2003 and starting @ $40 a tin.

More old, collectible tins from the 1990's:

McClelland Mixture #1 (2000?) 100 grams.

Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz.,
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50
grams. $65

Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's)

For easy access to the address of other
fine used
pipe dealers, please visit Estate Pipes
The web site is: