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

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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 85
Los Altos CA  94022

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Bruce Weaver #623103
Don't know how to title the shape of the bowl as it's a cross be-
tween a Squashed Tomato & an Apple.  Regardless, the cond.
of the pipe is exc. with a crisp inner chamber rim and a bite-free,
hand-cut vulcanite stem.  With the large capacity chamber, call
this a Grp. 5 size.  The pipe was barely smoked.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $195.
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. $425.
Kaywoodie Thorn #623281AG  (SOLD)
An excellent example of a beautifully sand blasted old
Kaywoodie.  It has a shape # of 7407 and there is no stinger
in the tenon.  The rim is clean & crisp, the draw wide-open &
the size Grp. 4.  The inside chamber is also in exc. cond., as is
the stem, which is absent tooth marks.  Used.
5.65" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 30 grams. $65.
Jody Davis Friar #821262CO (SOLD 10/25/18)
Fine carving and construction is what you expect from Jody
Davis, but the quality of the ring grain sandblast is not some-
thing you can order on demand...but happily, in this case, here
it is.  Grp. 5 size with what looks like antler shank trim.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $265.
Ed Andrew #623146
Ed, another one of those very fine human beings who was also
a pipe maker (is it a coincidence?  Such a huge percentage of
pipe makers seem to also be very good people) generally made
larger pipes.  His popularity in the U.S. was not broad, but he
eventually got noticed by the Japanese and his name flourished
in that country.  This is a Grp. 4 size octagonal panel in exc.
cond. with an open draw & thin braided silver band.  Used.
5.95" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 36 grams. $125.
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.
Rad Davis "Passion for Pipes" Edition #424119GL (SOLD)
.This Grp 6 size Ball must have been done for Neill Roan's blog
site.  The pipe is in near-new cond., except that I see some
charring at the bottom of the bowl where the original owner must
have puffed hard.  Fortunately, that abuse seems minimal & the
wood is so thick there that the problem should be handled
easily with the coating provided by a smoke or two.  The draw is
wide open & the stem is vulcanite.  Used.
5.2" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 68 grams. $225.
Sidney Ram #424152AG  (SOLD 10/1/18)
Sidney Ram may have been the first artisan U.S. pipe maker of
note. According to Pipedia, he had a shop in Chicago, and I do
believe he found his way to L.A.  His 1941 book on pipe making
was sought after enough so that a re-print came out in 2011.  
This classic Dublin is stamped "straight grain.  It is in very good
condition with a touch of wear on the inner rim.  The stem is
mark-free and the draw is open.  Grp. 4 size. Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 38 grams. $65.
Elliott Nachwalter #623166
It's a Grp. 6 size, with a large capacity chamber and open draw.
This one has the NYC stamp & a good amount of straight &
flame grain.  The cond. is exc., & has clearly been smoked very
little.  The pipe hangs nicely for the jaw with a vulcanite stem.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight:1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. Used. $75.
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 (SOLD)
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 #821-022 (SOLD 9/21/18)
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 (SOLD 10/29/18)
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 (SOLD 9/21/18)
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. $125.
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.
Weber Individual #62373 (SOLD)
This is a product of Carl Weber, the author of "Weber's Guide
to Pipes & Pipe Smoking," which, old as it is, may still be the
best guide to new smokers and the book I'd recommend to
anyone interested in getting into pipe smoking.  This is a large
Grp. 6, into the chamber of which i can fit my thumb.  The cond.
is exc., & the draw wide-open.  Vulcanite stem. No fills. Used.
6" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $50.
Bill Walther #62388
I was sitting here stumped for words to describe this pipe.  Then
it became clear...this is a tremendous example of combining
ingenuity, modern sensibility and classic design elements.  That
is how I see it (and feel it...when holding it in my hand).  I am
confident in that analysis.  Further, the vulcanite stem is flat
and comfortable & the draw is wide-open. A large Grp. 4. Used.
5.1" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight; 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $125.
Rad Davis #623235 (SOLD 9/20/18)
You don't see a lot of Rad's pipes laying around, do you?  This
is quite an unusual shape for Rad, & it's in exc. cond., if not
near-new as it has not been fully broken in by a long shot.  Grp.
5 in size, with an open draw & lots of interesting grain. Used.
5.55" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 51 grams. $285.
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.
Walt Cannoy #623230RC
More of a sculpture than a pipe, I should think, but in very good
cond. & with an open draw.  Grp. 4 in size.  Used.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $250.
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.
Paul Perri #62316RC (RESERVED)
A Grp. 6 size, which is large, but not large for Paul, who has
such fine, large and old briar blocks from which to work.  Paul is
98 years old now.  Let us all root for him to make 100 and then
keep going.  This pipe has an open draw, is in exc. cond. &
easily takes a cleaner to the bottom of the chamber.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2.35" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 58 grams. $125.
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. $425.
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.
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. $425.
Julius Vesz Handcut #821117 (SOLD 9/10/18)
Grp 5 version of a Vesz cross-cut with handsome Brids Eye on
both sides of the bowl.  There is a touch of wear at one point of
the bowl rim & tooth chatter on the bottom of the hand-cut
vulcanite stem .  The draw is open & it's a fine example of
Julius' high end grade on a classic shape with minimal use.
5.4" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $125.
J.D. Willhite #821334 (SOLD 10/22/18)
This pipe has been named Mule by the maker in 1976.  It is also
numbered as 66 and along with the pipe maker's name is the
inscription "G&W Pipe Co."  It you hold it bowl down, you can
see why it's called Mule, as the back extension looks like a Mule
kicking.  It's an involved design and all of it is done well...not at
all amateurish.  Large, too as my thumb easily fits into the bowl.
7.75" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 oz., 85 grams. Used. $75.
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.
Kaywoodie Flame Grain #82186
The stinger has been removed, but the stem lines up properly
on the threads and there is nothing more than a suggestion of
a tooth mark on the bottom of the stem.  It's a small pipe...Grp. 3
in size, with an open draw.  There are a few minor dings on the
bowl & the shape number is 01, if that helps you date it.  
Used.5" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 24 grams. $35.
Jon Rinaldi #623260AG  (SOLD 11/16/18)
Just terrific depth in that ring grain sandblast.  The pipe is Grp.
4 size, with an open draw 7 that always comfortable Apple
shape.  The color combination of brown, yellow & white adds to
the appeal.  An "11" is stamped on the shank, so that may be
the year of production.  Because the rim comes to that thin top,
there is carbon residue there, but the overall cond. is exc.
Used.5.3" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $85.
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. $175.
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.
Ken Erickson #623220RC
If you are a lover of fine, tight straight grain, you must take a
look at, and give some consideration to this Grp. 6 size beauty
from Calif. pipe maker (deceased...pipe was made in 1967) Ken
Erickson.  The Bird's Eye on the bottom of the bowl is worth the
price. The cond. is exc.,the draw open, the stem vulcanite.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $250.