Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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Julius Vesz Hand Cut #218267BK
To repeat myself, the Hand Cut grade of Vesz pipe is much
higher and more expensive than his Hand Made grade.  This
handsome Apple is Grp. 6 size. (It has a '6' stamped in a circle
on the shank.)  The cond. is exc.& the year of production 1997.
6" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $245.
Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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(650) 965-7403
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Paul Perri #37208
That touch of plateau on the rim lets you know that this briar
came from the best part of the burl.  Like so many of Paul's pipes,
this is large, with my thumb fitting easily into the chamber.  the
size of the pipe is Grp. 6.  As always, the wood is clean enough
so that no dark stain is needed to cover anything.  The draw is
wide-open and with a flat bottom it does sit up.  Vulcanite stem.
5.95" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. New. $185
1986 Another Butera Classic Grain #218237BK
Another example of what made Mike Butera the most sought
after pipe maker in the U.S. for two decades.  A Group 5 sized
bent with his Chestnut stain that, with just a little twist takes a
pipe cleaner to the bottom of the chamber.  Open draw. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $550.
JHW #317255
I can't recall seeing a normal sized Jack Weinberger pipe.  This
chamber easily takes my thumb.  The drawer is wide-open and
the condition excellent, with no wear on the rim or tooth indents
on the stem.  The dark area in the bottom photo could indicate
abuse, such as a hot smoking pipe, but the inner wall of the
chamber is just fine, with no crusting or cracking.  What I will
say is that the taper at that point is not the cleverest bit of pipe-
construction I've ever seen and so it probably does get hot
there.  My advice?  Smoke slow when a pipe gets hot.  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $65.
Mike Butera Textured Classic Special 1224436 (SOLD)
Terrific ring grain...almost a curtain blast.  Grp. 6 in size, with
crisp inner chamber rim and mark-free stem with open draw.  
The one issue is a repair band.  I can see a small fissure in the
shank, but I can't see if the crack goes through the shank: it's
not impossible that the band is a preventative.  Still, the fissure
exists.  It won't get worse, as the band will keep that from
happening, and the band does not cover up any of the
nomenclature, not by a long shot.  Acrylic stem.  Used.
7 1/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $275.
Mike Butera 1986 Textured Classic #722131 (SOLD 3/7/17)
There is the slightest bit of wear on the inner rim and tooth
chatter on the bottom of the stem.  On the top of the stem is a
very minor tooth indentation that can easily be taken out.  The
stem is acrylic, but very comfortable, as is the entire pipe
because if there is one thing Butera understood, it was balance
and proportion.  Of course, there were many other things that
Mike understands, which is why his pipes were (are) so popular.
The draw is open and it's a Grp. 5 in size.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $475
JHW #527113 (SOLD 3/3/17)
The pipe is in excellent condition, although i will have to ream
the chamber.  No bite marks on the stem and a wide-open draw.
The carver's initials are buffed down, but you can make them
out.  Despite the triangle shape of the bowl, the pipe is comfort-
able to hold.  The stem is vulcanite.  Used.
6.25" long, bowl 2.8" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams.  $65.
Blatter Bros. Selected #218199PN
Blatter Bros. in Montreal is one of the legendary pipe shops
that gets handed down from generation-to-generation, and
they did (and perhaps still do) make their own pipes.  To my
eyes, the influenc comes from Charatan free hand styles, but
for all I know, it's the other way around.  Certainly, in both
cases, plenty of briar is employed to create large pipes for
those who like a solid handful.  Notice the use of "Selected" to
describe the grade of the pipe.  The condition here is excellent
and the draw wide open.  The stem, though large, is very
comfortable.  The bowl walls are thick, so the chamber is not
too large.  I'd call this a Grp. 6 in size, but maybe it's a large 5.
5.8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. Used. $145.
Julius Vesz Hand Cut #218216PN
Despite the nice Calabash-like touch on the rim, and the 3/4
bend, the shape of the bowl still reminds me of the old,
pre-WWII shapes from companies like Ben Wade when they
were produced in Leeds.  Group 5 in size, and open in draw,
the cond. is exc. Just a twist of the cleaner and it goes through.
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. Used. $225.
DSH (David S. Huber) "Tilted Shank" #1224126
This is the first DSH pipe pipe to appear on my site, and I truly
hope to have many more.  That, of course, will depend on how
you take to his pipes.  From my perspective, they are a joy to
look at and hold and hopefully, smoke.  That is always the
challenge, isn't it?  This refined gem is about a Grp. 2 size, so it
is quite small... something that would add a lot of extra pleasure
to a bowl of strong, full bodied and tasty Virginia/Perique flake.
Wonderful stem work, creating a flat, comfortable dark brindle
vulcanite, along with a wide-open draw.  Everything is "just so."
4.25" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $425.
Don Warren #117154
It had already been decided when I was talking to Don
(Gilmore) at this table at the West Coast Pipe Show that I
wasn't going to pick up any more of his pipes at that time...until
I saw this one.  I immediately broke my vow, and I don't even
gravitate to freehands.  But there is something so straightfor-
ward about Don's pipes.  No artifice, no pretense, just an
uncomplicated, non-self-aggrandizing desire to make a good
smoking instrument.  He succeeds.  Grp. 6 with open draw,
good deep blast 7 uncoated chamber so you control the taste.
5.8" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $175.
Julius Vesz #21840RS
Vesz has (or had...is he still making pipes) two levels for his
pipes, one being the "hand made," & the other being the "hand"
cut," which was truly hand made & the higher of the 2 basic
grades.  This pipe, A Grp. 5 in size, and with a wide-open draw
is a rusticated hand cut with a nickel plated KB&B band.  Go
figure that one out.  It's in exc. cond. & easily takes a cleaner.
5.3" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. Used.  $250.
JDSP (Jim Deschaines) #722120  (RESERVED)
So very happy to get a couple of new pipes from Jim.  I don't
know of a pipe maker that provides better value for a quality
pipe.  This is a Grp. 4 in size, with a wide-open draw and
handsomely contrasting dark-green (forest green, I would say)
billiard ball stem, which means it's a comfortable vulcanite.  Jim
took extra care to make sure the shank isn't compromised by
inserting a brass ring into the shank.  It is a little thin near the
top, and although I think it would be just fine, the ring assures
that you won't crack the shank when removing or replacing the
stem.  A nice extra touch of concern.  A 2016 pipe.  New.
5" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $250.
JHW #37260
Quite a large Billiard, in the chamber of which my thumb can
do a backstroke. (The inner diameter is over 1".) Talking about
that chamber, I do notice what might be a bit of charring.  I'd
normally be concerned but the bowl is not at all darkened, so
maybe somebody used that chamber as a bit of a furnace,
always stopping short of doing permanent damage.  
Regardless, I would warrant the pipe against burnout.  For $70
I can be a sport.  The draw is open, but there is an indent on
the button.  The meat part of the stem itself is fine.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $65.
Paul Perri #117159
A sweet cross between a Pot and a Billiard, leaning, I suppose,
towards a Pot.  Don't take my opinion...buy it, smoke it and
decide if this 46 year-aged briar (it's at least that old) suits your
taste buds.  Grp. 6 in size, and my thumb fits easily into the
chamber, despite thick walls.  The draw is open & the stem is
vulcanite.  The uncoated chamber leaves it all to you to cure.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. New. $200.
Colin Rigsby Rhodesian #1130376
On the matter of shape names, reasonable men can disagree.
Colin, who is only responsible for the creation of this pipe, callis
it, on my invoice, a Rhodesian.  I would call it a modified
Calabash.  If you are conflict averse, stay away from this pipe.  
If, however, you really do believe a rose by any other name
would still be a rose (and not a Lily, or a Petunia or a Violet or a
Daisy, ad nauseam) and are taken by the handsome work that
went into it, allow me to provide the germand data.  The bowl
trim appears to be olive wood, the stem trim boxwood. New
5.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams.  $295.
Colin Rigsby Blowfish #1130381
Colin is developing a name for his pipes, now that his Billard
was chosen to part of the K.C. club's 7 Day Set.  And
recognition for true ability and talent is a good thing.  But,if
somebody hasn't yet received good publicity, will the buying
public know enough to buy, on their own,  a good thing when
they see it?  Likely not.  That is why master artists are so often
not appreciated until they are dead and a long list of educated
critics have given their works good reviews.  Only then do the
buyers feel secure enough to spend their money.  So it goes
even with pipes and pipe makers.  I mention it because this is a
pretty nifty pipe, with lots of well thought out and executed
design elements, attached to Colin's insistence on excellent
engineering (or at least that's what he says on his card).  The
brindle stem is flat, narrow and therefore very comfortable.  
The draw is wide-open and the opening is at the right exact
spot in the chamber.  The use of color and texture is also
superb.  And for all that work, the price is right.  New.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $315.
Ed Burak's Connoisseur #101436AG
Another of Ed's great designs, this one with superb cross grain.
The draw is open and the condition is excellent.  If there is a
drawback to this pipe, it is the pinched chamber, making it
difficult to get a finger deeply into that chamber to tamp down
the tobacco.  Perhaps if I reamed out the chamber there would
be more room.  Certainly, the pipe has been smoked so
somebody found it easy enough to fill and light. Vulcanite stem.
6 1/8" long.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. Used.  $395
Randy Wiley Ovation #1021022BK
Big & bad.  "Bad," in a good way.  I don't think Randy can make
many of these because I can't imagine that there is that much
briar of this size and quality around.  The grain is consistent for
360 degrees, unlike so many pipes where the grain falls off
markedly at the front of the bowl.  The draw is open & the
cleaner floats right to bottom of the chamber.  No unsmoked
tobacco in this pipe...unless the chamber is too large for you.  It
can take my thumb.  BTW, it has a flat bottom and sits up.  
Featured as one of four ovations in P&T Vol 1 No. 4. Unsmoked.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 88 grams. $575..
RMF #822233
Let's see if this helps launch a new pipe-making career.  
Richard Friedman, yachtsman supreme, is now making fine
briar pipes, & I've been afforded the opportunity to present them
to you.  While the briar is so clean that it only needs a slight
stain to enhance the grain, the stain Richard uses is less of an
orange than my poor photography depicts.  It is more of the
natural English Tan we all like so much, the one that darkens
beautifully as it is smoked.  As you can see, the bowl is left
entirely natural for you to imbue with the taste you prefer, and
not the taste of some ersatz carbon coating.  The draw is wide-
open.  This is a Grp. 4 in size and the stem logo appears to be
mother of pearl although I need to confer with Richard when he
is finished escorting people around the coast of Alaska in his
yacht.  It's a trip I dearly want to take.  New.
4.9" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 18 oz., 33 grams. $495.
Micoli #52796
The pipe is new, but I did see a flaw in the chamber that was
not covered by the original bowl coating.  As experienced as I
am in these things, I am  certain that it is nothing more than a
natural occurrence in the wood, will have no impact on how the
pipe smokes and will soon be entirely covered over and
forgotten by the development of cake.  Still, if something should
happen that appears to have been engendered by that flaw, I
will provide a full refund.  You take no risk.  Vulcanite stem. New.
5.4" long, bowl 2.1" high.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $295.
RMF #822293
Pipes don't tend to be cute, but this might qualify, although it
also qualifies as handsome.  It is Grp. 3 in size and has an
ample sized tobacco chamber.  The draw is wide-open and
easily takes a pipe cleaner through to the bottom of the
chamber.  With its size and comfortable stem, it can sit
in the jaw with no trouble and with the flat bottomed shank, the
pipe sits up.  New.
4.8" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 18 oz., 32 grams. $495.
RMF #822257
Grp. 5 in size, with some very handsome straight grain, clean
wood and an open draw.  As adornment, there are little balls of
what, clear amber? in the grooves of the bamboo.  I'll ask
Richard and get that straight for you.  The stem material is
neither acrylic nor vulcanite, and will not oxidize.  I didn't write
all this down, as I knew I should have, when I saw and
purchased these RMF pipes in Chicago. Light & comfy.   New.
5.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $495.
RMF 822280
For me, it is apparently difficult to get the tone right when the
briar is barely stained, or not stained at all.  Important for you to
know is that the wood is so clean that nothing requires covering
with a dark stain.  Aside from the length, enhanced by the dark
bamboo, the pipe is a Grp. 3 in size, with a delicate look to the
shaping of the bowl.  It has an open draw and I can see it
complementing a beautiful woman's face with an equally
beautiful, light and refined pipe.   New.
6" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $395
Elliott Nachwaalter Meerschaum 1224422 (SOLD 3/4/17)
I have a feeling I did know that Elliott put out a few meer-
schaums, but I probably forgot.  Anyhow, I was looked at the
signature on the shank a few times, trying to make it into a
Turkish name before I realized what it said.  He did a good job.
Grp. 6 in size, with a fairly good, not great, draw.  The cond.
is exc.and the stone is of high quality.  If this ever came with a
case, I do not have it.  Barely used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $75.
Paul Fisher #101462AG
Paul Fisher worked out of Orchard Park, N.Y., as I understand
it, and also worked on meerschaum pipes for Kaywoodie,
although he was originally from Austria.  This pipe has "Algerian
Briar" stamped on the shank, and has a screw-in meerschaum
cup.  The condition of the pipe is excellent, but with some
abrasion on the bottom of the bowl.   Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams.  $65.
Ed Burak's Connoisseur #101441AG (SOLD 3/4/17)
A full bent Apple, of which there aren't a plethora out there.  So,
here I am, looking for that one person in 8 Billion that collects
full bent Apples.  Well, fuhgeddaboutit.  I'll take the pipe smoker
that wants a handsome, well made full bent in excellent
condition with an open draw in a Grp. 5 size.  Vulcanite.  Used.
4.8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8oz., 66 grams. $195
David S. Huber "Ruby Rhodesian" #1224120
How can a pipe be 'efficient'?  I don't know, but that's the word
that comes to mind when I think of how this pipe looks and feels.
It's a grp. 4 in size, with a wide-open draw and a hand-cut
vulcanite stem that is thin and flat for comfort.  The blast shows
a lot of ring grain.  The length of the shank is just right, too.  
The design is original without being the least bit outré.  New.
5.9" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $375.
Kaywoodie Pat. No. Carburetor #1021250
With just a hint of wear at one point of the inner rim, I can call
this to be in exc. cond., especially considering its age.  It has a
Pat. #, the logo is on top of the stem, not the side, and the
stinger has 4 holes in it.  The 4 digit shape no., 8814, is
supposed to place this pre-WWII, but the shape of the stem
button has me questioning that.  In any case, it is old and in
great shape.  The draw, of course, is not the greatest.  Used.
5.1" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $50.
Trevor Talbert Ligne Bretagne #37084RS (SOLD 2/22/17)
Four Ligne Bretagne pipes are on hand to be posted, and they
are all small, in the Grp. 2 to 3 range; this is probably a 2.5 in
size.  It is a handsome Prince, with a wide-open draw and a
comfortable stem that is either hand-cut (unusual in a pipe this
inexpensive) or one that is very well worked from a mould.  It's a
Grade 3 with some nice grain.  Vulcanite stem.  Unsmoked.
5.5"long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 26 grams. $115.
Trevor Talbert Ligne Bretagne Grade 3 #37105RS
Again, a small pipe, somewhere between a Grp. 2 & Grp. 3 in
size.  Well worked, comfortable stems are looking like a Talbert
hallmark.  The panels are very well worked, and if he did this by
hand, he has a remarkable eye...8 panels of the same size is
not an easy or common feat.  The pipe is unsmoked and the
draw is wide-open.  vulcanite stem.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 29 grams. $115.
Paul Perri #1224431 (RESERVED)
At least Grp. 6 in size, a large Grp. 6 according to my Dunhill
size template.  Flat bottom, so it sits up, & the draw is wide-open
with a vulcanite stem.  Bird's Eye, cross grain and briar that has
been aging since at least 1970 & may well be Algerian. New.
6.25" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $185.
J.D. Smoking Pipes #12359
If it's still right above, this reverses that pipe, with a blasted
bowl and smooth shank.  Again, a Grp. 5 with a wide-open
draw and hand-cut stem.  New.
5.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.85 oz, 51 grams. $200.
Trevor Talbert Grade 3 Ligne Bretagne #37093RS
Another of Trevor's well cut Panels in a Grp. 2.5 size, with a
flat, comfortable stem and wide-open draw.  It has been
smoked, but less than 5 times, as is evident from the excellent
condition. This pipe has already been declared a good
complement to Virginias, so if you want to put a nice flake in
this chamber,  the pipe smoking gods are going to be on your
side.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $115.
David Huber "Channel Volcano" #1224165
Although I consider the bowl to be Grp. 3 in size, the overall
size of the pipe might be considered a bit smaller than that
because it is short.  But, it is clearly very refined, with a visible
ring grain blast that beautifully enhances the the slightly asym-
etrical shape of the bowl.  It's a little gem and if you smoke
heavy flakes in a small pipe, think how this will elevate that
experience.  Wide open draw, vulcanite stem.  New.
4.4" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $395.
Don Warren  #123094
When I think of  pipe making purists, my mind turns to the old
English shapes, those we call classic.  If we're going to concede
that the Danish-style Freehand is here to stay, however, then
there has to be a pure version of that style, too.  That being the
case, then allow me to nominate Don Gilmore, and his Don
Warren pipes to that status.  Every time I look at one of his
pipes, especially those my experienced eye chooses for this
site (and I am not being immodest) I see a pure, clean un-
trammeled pipe and it makes my heart sing a little to see such
work.  I could easily have walked along the Seine in 1898,
eyeing Manet, Monet, Pisarro, Seurat, Renoir and not
recognized a single one of their paintings as exceptional.  But I
don't miss that level of quality when looking at a pipe,
regardless of the pipe maker's reputation.  My thumb fits into
the chamber, which is happily unvarnished.
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $195
1989 Butera Marron #1021221BK
A Grp. 5 in size, or even a bit larger.  The blast is plenty deep
and shows off both the ring grain and the straight grain.  There
is a little carbon residue on the inner rim, but that might come
off with just a touch of polishing.  The stem is free of bite marks.
5.6" long.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. Lucite stem.  Used. $525.
David S. Huber "Razor Shank" Egg #1224131
This is a Grp. 5, or maybe even a 6 in size.  The draw is wide-
open and a cleaner easily basses through to the bottom of the
chamber.  The thin, flat vulcanite stem makes for a comfortable
mouth experience.  It's clear that David understands how impor-
tant a well cut stem is to the enjoyment of a pipe.  Critical. New.
5" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $450.
Atelier Rolando (Negoita) #11701FT
While preparing this for posting, I was trying to think if there is a
U.S. pipe maker that is more original & creative than Rolando; I
don't think there is, at least not while also considering the critical
element of form following function.  Rolando was classically
educated as an artist in Romania and always takes balance &
proportion into consideration.  Some people, who think they are
being creative, merely go hog wild and think that they are
adding to the catalog of fine pipes.  They are not.  Rolando is.
The draw is wide-open.  I think the stem is acrylic. Unsmoked.
5.8" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $450.
Paul Perri #37197
I managed to snag some terrific Paul Perri pipes at our West
Coast Pipe show this past Nov. (I do not post quickly.  What's
the rush?) and this is one of them.  It's a rather large, Grp. 7, I
would suspect, and despite Paul's predictably thick chamber
walls, the inner diameter is 9/10."  The draw is open, the bowl is
uncoated and the stem is acrylic.  When the pipe is smoked
and the wood darkens, the grain will pop out.  New.
6" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 2 3/4 oz., 78 grams. $275.
Bruce Weaver #11706FT (SOLD 2/15/17)
This is pretty clearly one of Bruce's earlier works.  His shaping
isn't what it would become (I just bought a pipe from Bruce and
am exceedingly pleased with it) but you can see all the attention
he is paying to details in construction.  It's a very large pipe & I
can easily put my thumb into the chamber.  BTW, he uses his
initials, BAW, in branding this pipe.  Considering Bruce's status
as a Master of U.S. pipemaking, this is a bit of our pipe history
as well as an attractive pipe.  If used, just barely.  
6.75" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2.75 oz., 78 grams. $250.
Stephen Downie Calabash #52702
We are all lucky that pipe smoking has such a sparse following,
because if there were any demand for these products (and
there really isn't, not any significant demand) items such as this
would command thousands of dollars.  Think of both the skill
required to make this pipe, the cost of materials, and the time
required to inlay woods and have them fit tightly.  Or, to
re-frame it (pun semi-intended) go to any optometrist and see
what they want to charge you for a crap, stamped-out frame.
I'm sure I've paid $500 for something easily worth $5.  What I
have negelected to talk about, so far, is the quality and fit and
finish of this specific pipe.  Tight and precise is what comes to
mind.  It is also large.  And unlike the Pioneer Calabashes of
yore, this was made by a pipe man and thus has an open draw.
7.25" long, bowl 3" tall.  Weight: 5.5 oz., 157 grams. New. $600.
Micoli #824292
Where are all these Micoli pipes coming from.  I feel like I have
the world's supply of these pipes by the good dentist.  Well,
that's OK; there is a market for them, and has been since I've
been involved in pipes as more than a smoker, which goes
back to 1977 (as a smoker, it goes back to '61).  The draw is
wide-open and although i sense that the stem is from a mold, it
is pretty comfortable.  The draw hole is high in the chamber.  
Just a little, but I did notice it.  On the other hand, a cleaner
goes through, so that part of the construction is excellent. New.
5.45" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $295.
The Pipe #52724
Most of these pipes seem to be in good shape as regards the
outside bowl and inner chamber, but the stem is often chewed
up, and it's a very difficult stem to make smooth, leading me to
believe that very cheap vulcanite is used.  In this iteration, the
stem is in exc. cond, with the merest of tooth chatter visible.  My
goal is divest, not accumulate, so I hope that those of you who
might be interested in this pipe think my price is appealing. Used
5.45" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $17.
JDSP (Jim Deschaines) #722120 (SOLD 2/22/17)
Tight grain pattern in this sandblast, denoting a hard piece of
briar.  As is Jim Deschaines' practice, the draw here is wide
open.  This is a Group 4 in size, or at least that's the size of the
tobacco chamber.  I'd say that with a good, round bowl, the
overall size is that of a Grp. 5.  So what?  Note, also, the billiard
ball stem and complementing ring.  Made in 2016.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $250.
Elliott Nachwalter #117211
I know Elliott, and if he saw the price at which I'm offering such
a nice pipe of his, he'd want to punch me out.  Fortunately,
we're both too old for such shenanigans.  This was made when
he was in NYC, in charge of the old Wilke shop.  I bought a pipe
from him there, a lot less nice than this (I had no money).  It is
short, but has a good Grp. 4 size bowl, an open draw & is in
exc. cond.  Vulcanite stem, lots of straight grain.  Used.
4.35" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $85.
Randy Wiley Patina #117105 (SOLD 2/4/17)
As I was preparing these photos for posting, I had an image of
watching one of those post apocalypse movies, like "Mad Max"
and in one of the scenes where they're driving like crazy along
a devastated, barren landscape they come across a small
building, which turns out to be a work studio, in which there sits
Randy Wiley, quietly turning out pipe after pipe, blissfully
oblivious to all the crap and misery around him.  I hope he
makes pipes forever.  I also just learned, if it's true, that Randy
oil cures each of his pipes.  If he does...Bravo, Randy.  This
one is called a "Patina" because Randy must believe, as do I,
that this kind of patina, or color tone, foretells of a great
smoking pipe.  This one is a Grp. 5, with a wide diameter
chamber, & a wide-open draw that easily takes a cleaner.  The
cond. is excellent & besides the block letter "Wiley" stamp, it
has a signature & a double zero, which might mean the pipe
was made in 2000.  Could be a millenial by Randy.  Used.
5.55" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $75.
J.T.&D. Cooke #218183BK
Although this is a relatively early Cooke, there are features on it
that I find preferable to the pipe maker he has evolved to today.
Specifically, I think the stem is much more comfortable than the
thick compound he uses today, although he has created a
marvelous range of colors and styles.  Style should not get
ahead of function, but it's hard to reign oneself in when on a roll
and Jim Cooke is definitely on a pipe making roll.  The draw is
open, but could be better, but the drilling is spot-on at the bot-
tom of the chamber.  The cond. is like new.  Used (?).
5.3" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $450.
Will Purdy #117014FT
Was it Will Purdy who ushered in a new, more creative era in
American pipe making?  I don't know, and we don't seem to
have critics and reviewers to whom we can refer.  Our
chroniclers, of whom there is a severe paucity (is there anyone
out there besides Rich Esserman?  Rich is too nice a man to
criticize anyone, and I'm too mean not to criticize everyone)
don't delve into these corners as is done for most other arts &
crafts.  Even "Pipes & Tobaccos" magazine only says nice
things about people, and they may be right.  It's too small a
community to make enemies over something like copy-cat, or
indifferent pipe making.  In any case, I have a strong sense that
Will was bolstered early on by the praise of Greg Pease, who
has excellent taste and insight.  Not unerring, of course, but
usually spot on.  His endorsement had to provide Will with a
solid platform, and provide some confidence for him to
continue,until he decided not to continue.  That might have
been because at the end of his time as a pipe maker, he was
not evolving as he might have liked.  I should have asked him,
but that would have risked alienating a good man and a friend.
In any case, this is a good piece, one most certainly made
during his most creative, energetic period.  The cond. is exc.,
the draw is wide-open, the drilling as it should be, the stem a
quality, comfortable vulcanite.  Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
4.7" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $350.
Dr. Bob #21801SF (RESERVED T.I.)
Dr. Bob is Bob Kiess, who, since retiring from the medical
profession has become a well recognized, highly regarded pipe
maker.  This sandblast is about a Dunhill Group 6 size in
exc. cond., showing only some carbon residue on the rim.  It
easily takes a pipe cleaner through to the chamber.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.5 oz., 70 grams. $145.
Butera Primavera Vintage 6 #117033FT (SOLD 2/28/17)
You're pretty lucky to have this plethora of Butera pipes from
which to choose what could be the anchor pipe of your
collection.  The grain on this blast is like a great painting...you
can look at it forever and not get tired.  It's a Grp,. 6 in size and
is in exc. cond., although there is a little carbon-residue on the
plateau top (the latter indicating that the pipe came from the
best part of the burl).  The draw is wide-open & despite the "S"
bend, a pipe cleaner passes into the chamber bottom with just
a little twist.  It's a very comfortable stem, too.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 59 grams. $600.
The Doodler #1224052RB
The Doodler, I believe, was Tracy Mincer's next project after he
sold Custom Bilt.  You seen one Doodler, you seen 'em all.  I
don't know if that true, but it seems to be.  On the other hand, a
lot of them were made and sold and smoked.  Was that
because they did smoke cooler or was it marketing?  This is a
Grp. 5 in size and in exc. cond. with an open draw and a
vulcanite stem that won't make anyone forget Dunhill's.  Used.
5.85" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $25.