The Mill
Aug. 18, 2017;
That last posting here didn't please me much...not
that very many do.  Consider it erased. On to
something else.  A lot of people consider me old
and in the way, or conservative, if you will.
Just because I don't have a smart phone or a
home entertainment system (whatever that is) the
accusation is that I try to hold onto the old ways,
such as books with paper instead of Kindles.  My
partner is trying to talk me into buying a smart
phone and I can see the advantages, but my
current phone works and when Joy wants me to
bring something home, the calls always come
through.  What more do I need?
Yet, I am not against progress, and it is in that
regard I reach out to you today.  Almost every
single one of you have found a way to deal with
what I consider my mild idiosyncrasies (almost
spelled that correctly right off the bat...used a "c"
instead of an "s" before the final "i") without
complaining.  For example, the fact that new
postings are placed wherever there's an opening
on the page, instead of at the top, where you
could easily find the new listings.  That failure is
not because of some perversity, but because the
site platform is old and doesn't support the easy
movement of photos.  
The site, as it exists, would drive me crazy if I
were a customer.  I appreciate the forbearance of
you all.  A very few complaints surface, which is
understandable, but by and large, people come
back and scroll down the page(s) as necessary in
search of something new and appealing.  Once in
a while, undoubtedly, an older posting gets
noticed in a way that didn't happen before.  That's
good too, for both of us.
Still, progress is necessary, so in that vein, I am
letting go of part of the old and applying an
advanced technique.  When posting a pipe from
here on in (until I decide the method doesn't work,
or suit me, or please me) it will carry a red label of
New.  That way, when you scroll down a page,
you should quickly be able to spot the most
recent listings.  For how long will the 'New' label
remain?  About two weeks, depending on whim
and other factors.  
This program will start with tonight's postings and
I'll continue to try to list the new pipes at the
bottom of this column as well.  
Needless to say, there will be instances of
forgetfulness and a newly listed pipe won't have
the 'New' label.  Nothing and no one is perfect.
If you have a comment to make regarding this  
initiative, it will be welcome.  No name calling.

Marty
P.S.
Most recently posted were two near-new Il
Duca Morta pipes, &
a Savinelli Mr. G Punto
Oro
& unsmoked Autograph on the Italian page.
A good, old Sasieni Four Natural Dot
Buckingham & a fine, old Charatan Executive

& an unsmoked Larryson
now grace the
English page, plus there are some old cigar
holders...mostly for collectors, I'd guess, on
the Misc. page.
 Looking for a Porsche.  Try
the German page.  It's unsmoked.






available.
Pease Southlinch from 2002 NASPC show. $90
Friedman & Pease Winter's Tale.  $100
Balkan Sobranie Virginia # 10 50 grams. 4 tins.  
$250 each.  
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. $50
McClelland Virginia Woods. 1997. 100 grams. $50
Ashton 1997 Celebrated Sovereign 4 oz., $100
Esoterica Pembroke...2 oz., 56 grams. $80
Davidoff Royalty 50 grams. $30
Davidoff Danish 50 grams. $25
Dunhill Nightcap from Lane Ltd. 50 grams. $85
Dunhill Std. Mixture Mild from Lane 50 grams. $65
Butera Matured Ribbon 1996 & '97 50 grams. $50
Benjamin Hartwell Pvt. Reserve 50 grams from
Consolidated Cigar (thus from mid '90's) $30
Quotes & anecdotes from "The Portable Curmudgeon"

The opera...is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.
H.L. Mencken

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves
her appearance.                         Victor Borge


The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic
asylum.                                       Havelock Ellis

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.     Oscar Wilde

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds & the
pessimist knows it.                                J. Robert Oppenheimer

A paranoid is a man who knows a little of what's going on.
William Burroughs

There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have
charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the
worst.                                                 G. B. Shaw

Patience,
n. A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.
Ambrose Bierce

A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through
the nose of the gentleman.                Herbert Spencer

A friendship recognized by the police.    Robert Louis Stevenson

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get
married.       Cyril Connolly

I got married the second time in the way that, when a murder is
committed, crackpots turn up at the police station to confess the
crime.                                 Delmore Schwartz

It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how mch we admire
him.                                     John Barth

There is a certain impertinence in allowing oneself to be burned for an
opinion.                               Anatole France

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as
mediocre as possible.                           Margaret Mead

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics
and women are idiots.                          Rebecca West

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her
appearance.                                            Victor Borge

If you leave the smallest corner of your head vacant for a moment,
other people's opinions will rush in from all quarters.
George Bernard Shaw

The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in
inverse proportion to his mental capacity.
Arthur Schopenhauer

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend
in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.   G.B. Shaw

Assassins!      Arturo Toscanini to his orchestra.  

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the
whole girl.                                                                       Stephen Leacock

Many a man has fallen love with a girl in a light so dim he would not
have chosen a suit by it.                                         Maurice Chevalier

Nature is a hanging judge.                            Anonymous

The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
Peter DeVries

A mother-in-law dies only when another devil is needed in hell.
Francois Rabelais

Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.
Jules Feiffer

On Marilyn Monroe: She was good at playing abstract confusion in the
same way a midget is good at being short.    Clive James

Morality is a disease which progresses in three stages:
virtue--boredom--syphilis.                                    Karl Kraus
This photo was taken only days before my beloved San Francisco
store, Sherlock's Haven,  was closed for good in June of '06, thereby
diminishing the quality of life on this planet no little and quite some.  
The man to my right was my trusty pipe tobacco and cigar taste-tester,
Johnson, of the sensitive palate.  He is now  plying his trade in
Phoenix.  The tall gent behind him is Jimmy Walker, hand picked to be
my successor until lease negotiations broke down.  The hoodlum
looking character to my left is my good friend and Consigliere, Steve
Brunner.  Among the regulars are a number who are still friends and
with whom I have regular intercourse.  There has never been a more
congenial spot than Sherlock's Haven, the Camelot of tobacco stores.  
As its proprietor is how I'd like to be remembered.
I wanted to caption this photo, "I knew more about pipes when I was
seven than you know now," but my P.R. firm nixed that idea.  So, let's
try, "With the pristine palate that accompanies youth, Marty smokes a
blend without a full complement of Latakia for the first time in his life."
I don't actually know what was going through my mind at the time, but
the photo was taken circa 1950, and probably in Williamsburg, Virginia.
(And no, I did not actually smoke a pipe until I was 18 years old, really.)
Shortly after my mother met my wife, she told Joy that all it took to
keep me happy in the back seat of our 1938 LaSalle during our annual
one week vacations was a pipe in my mouth and a cap on my head.  
Joy responded with the fact that nothing has changed except that now
I'm in the front seat.  
Above is my sister, with whom I contentiously shared that large back
seat, and my father.  The sweater was knitted by my Aunt Rae.  The
site was most probably Niagara Falls and the year 1949.  I'm guessing.
Welcome to Pulvers Briar
This website is devoted to pipes and my enjoyment of talking
about and showing them.  For your part, I hope you derive some
pleasure in seeing and reading about briar and meerschaum
pipes.
There are plenty of pipe websites and lots of good pipes other
than mine.  What will distinguish my site from most of the others
is the willingness to voice my  opinion in the relatively rare
occurrence when a pipe is not superior, or has a noticeable flaw.
Mostly, I'm pleased with the pipes I choose to offer for sale, both
in pipe quality and price.  But please, look and decide for
yourself.
You will see new and used pipes for sale, the new often having
been hand picked and the used always having been cleaned
and reconditioned and ready for you to smoke upon arrival.  
Please enjoy your time spent here today, and please come back
again.
I'm almost always happy to hear from you and to field your
questions, concerns, ideas or other input.
Feel free to write.
Marty Pulvers
Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

Phone/Fax:
(650) 965-7403
Email:
mpulvers@aol.com
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