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

Phone/Fax:
(650) 965-7403
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Kaywoodie White Briar #8980
This has shape 12B Stamped on it.  It's a Grp. 4 in size & it's
also unsmoked.  Much more than that can't be said, although if
you're curious, yes, the stinger is fully intact.  Unsmoked.
5.55" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $35.
Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

Phone/Fax:
(650) 965-7403
Email:
mpulvers@aol.com
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Elliott Nachwalter #117256 (SOLD 4/14/18)
Grp. 5 size, or even a bit larger, in v. good cond., with even the
residue of the snowflake logo still on the stem.  The draw is open
& a cleaner goes easily to the chamber bottom.  Inside the oval
Briar Workshop logo are the initials "D D."  Might be the person
who made this pipe, no?  Ebonite stem.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $75.
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. $445.
JHW #317255  (SOLD 4/10/18
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. $45.
Randy Wiley Ovation #218253BK
One of the rare pieces in Randy's production that meets the
criteria for his Ovation grade, his very highest.  It is also a large
pipe, with great construction, allowing for the smooth passage of
a cleaner to the bottom of the chamber, which has an inner
chamber of 22mm.  With the oil curing process that these pipes
receive, the color will darken beautifully when smoked.  It is a
large pipe, with a Grp. 7 size.  Uncoated chamber, too.  New.
6.5" long, bowl 2.45" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 80 grams. $275.
Elliott Nachwalter Stowe Vt #117261
"Stowe VT) is inside the oval logo, but the nomenclature could
have been stamped more cleanly.  The pipe is a Grp. 6 size in
V. good cond., and the stem near-new, but with no logo on it, it
might be a replacement.  The draw is open and the chamber
walls are well over 1/2" thick.  Lots & lots of tight straight grain.
6.25" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $75.
Blatter Bros. Selected #218199PN
Blatter Bros. in Montreal is one of the legendary pipe shops
that gets handed down from generation-to-generation, and
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. $115.
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. $175.
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 #1112-154
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.  $145.
Kevin Arthur #1214160CO (SOLD 4/18/18)
A Grp. 5 in size, with an open draw and construction that easily
allows a cleaner to go through to the chamber bottom.  The the
that shows the front of the pipe.  It's on the left side.  The cond.
is near-new.  The stem looks & feels like acrylic, but is
drilled like a vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $165.
Andrew Marks #227194AG (SOLD 4/2/18)
Nobody, absolutely nobody, with the exception of Paul Perri, has
better and older briar than Andrew Marks.  He last bought briar
in the 1970's.  This flame grained piece is so clean that it barely
needs any stain.  The carbon residue You see on the rim is
already mostly polished off.  The draw is open.  The chamber
size is Grp 4.  The stem is vulcanite and the pipe does sit up.  
Used. 6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight:  2 3/8 oz., 68 grams. $95
Trevor Talbert Ligne Bretagne #22792 (SOLD)
The cond. is exc., with a wide-open draw.  The stem is vulcanite,
but the transition between stem & shank is not seamless at one
point in the circumference.  I don't know if this is because it's a
replacement stem (I don't think so) or because Trevor doesn't
value this line of pipes and didn't devote the care he should
have to the stem work.  I hope this isn't the case. Grp. 3 size.
5.7" long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $45.
Colin Rigsby Rhodesian #425-0376
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.  $245.
Colin Rigsby Blowfish #425-0381
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.
JT&D Cooke #1214129
My sense is that the rim was sanded down by an owner, and
not by Jim Cooke.  Still, the stem is original and in pristine cond.,
the chamber is clean & neat inside and the size is Grp. 6.  Be-
cause the "D" for Debbie Cooke is stamped on the pipe, it is  
clearly an early piece, but not so early that he hadn't
developed his stem logo.  I think this one is still in use.  Used.
5.45" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $225.
Randy Wiley Ovation #1021022BK
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. $275..
RMF #89-233
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.
Sam Learned #11729FT
No longer making pipes, it wasn't long ago that Sam was one of
the hottest new American pipe makers.  He was definitely in the
vanguard of this new wave and he was most certainly one of
the very most innovative carvers of his era.  This piece is from
1999, judging from the stamping on the shank; the draw is open
& a cleaner goes right to the chamber.  Grp. 5 in size. New.
5.15 long, bowl 1.85 tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $150.
RMF #89-293
also qualifies as handsome.  It is Grp. 3 in size and has
anPipes don't tend to be cute, but this might qualify, although it
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 #89-257
Grp. 5 in size, with some very handsome straight grain, clean
wood and an open draw.  As adornment, there are little balls of
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 89-280
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
Alpine (by Steve Johnson) #227206AG
Of course I'm biased towards Steve...he is our Las Vegas pipe
show's official chronicler and great guy.  Regardless, this Grp 5
has that promising 'patina' that portends a great smoke.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 48 grams. $35.
McCranie's #11759FT
McCranie's is a shop in Charlettesville, N.C. and had pipes
made for them by both Bill Taylor and Tonino Jocono.  This pipe
is clearly of the Italian persuasion, and not English, but, an RSN
is incised on the bottom of the shank.  Maybe those are the
initials of the person that owned this pipe.  The grain is tight &
straight all around the Grp. 6 size bowl.  The draw is wide-open,
the stem is acrylic (& maybe a slate gray) & cond. is exc. Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $165.
David S. Huber #1112148
comes through in two dimensional photos because I am not
able, in a verbal description, to get across the essence of this
pipe. An analogy I would reach for is somebody who buys an
expensive jacket, thinking it's only going to be for special
occasions and unconsciously finding it so comfortable and all
around suitable that he eventually wears it into the ground on a
you.  Anyhow, it's about a Grp. 5 in size, has a wide-open draw
& what looks like boxwood trim on the shank & stem.  New.
5.1" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $450.
David S. Huber "Ruby Rhodesian" #1224120 (SOLD 3/15)
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.
Trevor Talbert Ligne Bretagne #227117 (SOLD 3/24/18)
This spunky little Grp 3 exhibits a lot of character, from the
nature of the blast, color of the stain on the briar and the bone
stem.  This is one of those perfect pipes to carry in a coat or
jacket pocket and always feel good about pulling out and
lighting up when you have to wait around for somebody (and no,
I am not singling out your wife...let's not start an argument
here).  The draw is open and it is unsmoked.
4.7" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 26 grams. $75.
American by Curt Rollar #117213 (SOLD)
this pipe goes back to the days when Tinsky & Rollar were part-
ners in the production of American pipes.  If I'm interpreting the
numbers on the shank correctly, this one was made in 1984.
It is a Grp. 6 in size, is in exc. cond., with a wide-open draw &
a comfortable ebonite stem.  My thumb can fit into the chamber.
6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 54 grams. $60.
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
5.15" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 29 grams. $110.
Kaywoodie Flame Grain #227223AG (SOLD 4/10/18)
There is no metal stinger protruding from the tenon of this fine, little
(Grp 3 size) Billiard, and thus the draw is truly open.  It's much more
cross grain than flame grain, but what's wrong with that?  All-in-all,
a little charmer.  shape # is 05.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
5.5" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 26 grams. $45.
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. $195.
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. $95.
2003 Joe Skoda #227216AG (SOLD 4/16/18)
I know Joe from his annual trips to our West Coast Pipe Show,
although he hasn't attended for a few years.  I vaguely recall
hearing that he died, but I hope I'm remembering wrong 'cause
he is definitely the kind of guy you want around.  His creativity
level is sky-high and many of his pipes are eye-popping.  This is
beautiful, but relatively tame, giving the owner a glimpse into
what Joe can do while preserving an easy-to-smoke quality.  A
Grp 5 size, in exc. cond. with a flat, ebonite stem & open draw.
6" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. Used. $125.
Tim West #1214180CO
Because of the large bowl diameter, I would call this a Grp. 6 in
size.  the cond. is exc., and the draw is open.  With its flat
bottom it sits up.  In case you can't tell, the color of the stem is
a dark marbled gray in acrylic.  The bowl is surrounded by thin,
tight grains that are almost invisible from photos.  Used.
5.85" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $55.
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. $465.
David S. Huber #1112143
This young pipe maker has the goods.  This is one of two pipes
they are both beautiful and reveal a lot of attention to detail as
they are both beautiful and reveal a lot of attention to detail as
well as creativity within the bounds of making a functional pipe.
Despite a large diameter bowl, it feels very good in the hand,
and despite being short, it doesn't feel out of proportion.  The
way the touch of plateau  acts with the sculpted rim gives it an
extra frisson of artistic quality.  Note, too, that the end of the
shank carries through the sculpted rim.  Construction is such
that the draw is wide-open, the stem handcut.  In  short,  a very
well thought out pipe, along with being a delight to look at. New
4.85" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 69 grams. $450.
Kaywoodie Super Grain #1214195 (SOLD 2/7/18)
Old markings indicate an early Kaywoodie.  The 4 digit shape
number is a large 5140, stamped under "Grecian Briar."  On
the stinger is the "carburetor" designation and the while clover
leaf on the shank is a good indicator, too.  The bowl rim and
chamber are in very good shape, although a couple of dings
reside on that rim top.  There is a wide tooth mark on the
bottom of the stem. Grp. 3 in size with an open draw.  Used.   
4.75" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $50.
Protter #117155AG  (SOLD 2/16/18)
Ben Protter conducted his pipe making business out of NYC,
and when he died, Elliott Nachwalter acquired the old Protter
Algerian briar (this pipe is made from Algerian briar and is
stamped as such) and now sells pipes like this for over $400,
but with less handsome grain.  This Grp.4 is in exc. cond., with
an open draw and vulcanite stem.  Stamped "Straight Grain."
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. Used. $95.
Stephen Downie Calabash #108-02
We are all lucky that pipe smoking has such a sparse following,
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. $465.
Fillenworth #117145AG
Not knowing this pipe maker, I went to his web site and this
shape is certainly suggestive of some others he has on his site.
Good Bird's Eye on both sides of the bowl is complimented by
the straight grain across the top of the bowl.  The draw is wide-
open & the stem is much more comfortable than the rounded
look would suggest.  It's a short pipe, so whether it's a Grp. 4 or
Grp. 5 is debatable.  The cond. is exc. The stem appears to be
both top quality vulcanite and hand cut.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $85.
Rich Lewis Armadillo 2011 NASPC POY  #42485GL
At a pipe show some years back, I asked Rich how he was doing
and he replied that business was slow.  I explained to him that
his prices were too low and that people thought that there must
be something wrong with the pipes when they're that nice and
so inexpensively priced.  I imagine Rich still has that problem.  
This large, Grp 7 size piece (or maybe even larger) has an
open draw, an acrylic stem & is in exc. cond.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 102 grams. $175.
Kaywoodie White Briar #89107
Rhodesian-like bowl shape, although the pipe does not thave
the thick-chunky shank of a Rhodesian.  The shape # stamped
on the shank is 60B.  It's a Grp. 4 size& everything is intact.
5.15" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. New.$35.
Lakatosh #117287  (SOLD 4/29/18)
Many decades ago, when I was a new pipe smoker, I ran into
John Lakatosh and his pipes at a street fair somewhere in
PA, if memory serves.  Most definitely it was my first exposure to
a pipe craftsman.  It was a revelatory experience, although I'm
not sure that is the exact right word.  It's close enough...it stuck
in my memory, as you can tell.  Yes, I bought a pipe from him.
This one is a dandy Prince with some embellishing sculpting on
the bowl.  It's a Grp 3 size in exc. cond. with an open draw.
5.9" long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. Used. $35.
GHK #117130AG (SOLD 3/14/18)
Either you know the GHK pipe or you don't.  If you do, this has
to be an object of desire.  It is large for a GHK, coming in at 46
grams (the grams are stamped on the shank of each pipe) & in
exc. cond.  But...it does have large fills.  Normally, that would be
disqualifying, but in a pipe that smokes as well as GHk pipes
generally do, it should not deter you.  Grp. 6 in size. Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 46 grams. $75.
Ken Erickson #227258RC
If you are a maven of sandblasts, as I am, this pipe is a near-
must.  Ken Erickson was an early Calif. pipe maker and unlike
the contrived blasts of people like Cooke (and this doesn't
diminish his skill at all) this pipe is dated '71 and is the result of
only phenomenal grain.  It's in near-new cond., has an open
draw, a vulcanite stem, is large, like Grp 6 size with Ken's
signature spiral stem treatment.  Used.  
6" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 44 grams. $125.
Jon Rinaldi #11792AG  (SOLD 2/5/18)
If I were a purist, I'd only post black sandblasts.  They
photograph so well;  they don't reflect the light and there is little,
or no, need for color adjustment.  This deeply blasted ring grain
is in near-new condition.  It has an open draw and vulcanite
stem.  It's a large Grp. 4 in size and does sit up.  Used.
5.75" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $85.
American by Mark Tinsky #22701
There is a Mark Tinsky signature on the pipe, along with the
word "blast," and a 4 in a circle.  The cond. is exc., the draw is
open & a cleaner goes right to the bottom of the chamber.  It's a
Grp. 5 size & the stem is acrylic.  Used.
5.4" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 48 grams. $60.
Elliott Nachwalter #227107
Not only is the grain here just terrific, it doesn't fall off at the
front, as is commonly the case.  It is solid for 360 degrees.  The
draw is open.  As the pipe is unsmoked, the vulcanite stem is
free of bite marks (not that one couldn't chomp on a stem &
leave the pipe unlit.  I see it all the time).  It's Grp. 5 size. New.
5.45" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $150.
Ed Burak Connoisseur #117166AG
One thing about Ed, and Ed's pipes...they don't leave you
speechless, by which I mean, they ae not bland and unworthy
of comment.  Quite the opposite.  So, here you have a shape
that might well be uniquely his, with two alabaster-like (or
maybe they are, indeed, alabaster) discs inserted into the bowl
bottom for a reason beyond my ken.  Certainly the bowl seems
thick enough at that spot so as not to be prone to a burnout.
Maybe it's simply a design element from the mind of an artist.
The draw is open, the stem in A-1 condition but due to the
shape of the bowl, it has a small chamber, which is OK for a lot
of the tobaccos in use now.  However, as well as I can clean
inside the shank & stem drafts, I am unlikely to be able to do
much inside that small chamber.  Also, note the chip that is
missing from the thin edge of the rim.  One more, important in
my mind, fact about Ed.  He hung in there & had the very last
pipes-only retail shop in the U.S., unless somebody can tell me
different.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
7.5" long, bowl 1.25" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $195.
Paul Bonaquisti #117171AG
When I think of Paul, I think of love, so of course I look favorably
on his pipes, but then, who doesn't?  Deep, tight craggy blast
like no one else.  And all the care & concern about executing a
shape correctly that can be brought to the subject.  So, unless
you are personally clumsy, this Horn will never let embers rain
down on your slacks.  It's also a joy to hold.  The draw is wide-
open.  It's a Grp. 4 size chamber, but deep, of course.  The
brindle stem is vulcanite & the pipe is in exc. cond.  Used.
6" long.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 62 grams. $245.
Kaywoodie Mandarin #117182AG (SOLD 2/13/18)
Interesting, to me, anyhow, that the only nomenclature on the
pipe says "Kaywoodie Mandarin" with no country designation,
no shape number, etc.  Nor is it because anything is worn off.
It has its original stinger, complete and the stem is in near-new
condition.  There is just a touch of wear at one spot on the rim.
6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. Used. $75.
1983 Andrew Marks #117198AG  (SOLD 2/14/18)
This might be the most attractive Andrew Marks pipe I've seen,
but that should mean nothing to you as beauty is so much a
matter of personal taste.  The quality of the grain, however,
can't be argued against.  His briar is probably older than you
(he last bought briar in about '74...you can look it up on his
site) & the cond. is excellent.  Wonderfully flat stem, too. Used.
5.9" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $125.
Will Purdy #117246  (SOLD 2/26/18)
Grp 3 size, but with a large capacity chamber.  The draw is
wide-open and the stem is brindle.  the cond. is exc., with
cross grain across the front of the bowl and along the bottom
of the shank.  As Will was kind enough to date his pipes we
know this one was made in 2005.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.2" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $175.