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

Phone/Fax:
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Julius Vesz Hand Cut #218267BK (SOLD 7/24/17)
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

Phone/Fax:
(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.
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. $475.
GRC by Darius Cristian #615246
A large Grp. 3 or small 4.  The stem is narrow & thin and clearly\
handcut from a high quality vulcanite.  It's Grade C & the draw is
wide-open.  No silly bowl coating to deal with, either.  Clean
wood, too, with a natural stain as there is nothing to hide. New.
4.6" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 28 grams. $110.
Jody Davis Bishop #42547FT
The completion of this pipe does not represent Jody Davis'
greatest moment.  While it is true that we all have to start
somewhere, that does not mean we have to inflict our early
attempts on the public.  The standout feature on this pipe,
among a number of possibilities, is the attempt to create a
spliced stem, a la Amorelli.  This one looks more like an over-
coat fitted over an uncomfortable vulcanite.  Hey, the cond. is
exc. (no kidding...nobody smoked it a lot) & the draw is open.
5.4" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $235.
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.  $225.
Ed Andrew #51867FT (Not Available)
I won't call this a monster in size, but for certain, if you used the
bowl as a shillelagh knob, you could brain a person.  Ed is one
of the best, and most unsung, of the U.S. pipemakers.  Why he
never became popular is a matter of guesswork.  His blasts are
great, as you can see here.  This was much smoked, so it was
clearly enjoyed, but the cond. is exc., with carbon residue, but
no wear.  The inner rim is still crisp & there is no ugly residue
inside that stem.  .  Open draw and takes a cleaner.  Used.
7 1/8" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 4.5 oz., 128 grams. $135.
GRC Grade C (by Darius Cristian) #615128
I was surprised, and pleased, to see that there are still fans of
Darius out there who were happy to see me post some of his
pipes that I've had since he lived in Stockton CA & was making
pipes.  If he knew that people cared about his work as they do,
he might still be making pipes.  It was only self-confidence that
he lacked, certainly not skill.  This pipe is a Grp. 4 with a wide-
open draw, a great, comfortable vulcanite stem. Unsmoked.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $125
Kaywoodie Drinkless...an old one #615225
How old is old?  I don't know the answer to that one, but this
pipe has certain markers that you might be able to translate.
The stem has that rounded 'tween-the-wars shape, the shape #
is barely two numbers (25) and on the 4 hole stinger, which is
still there and intact (the stem is push-pull; no threads) had
"drinkless" stamped on it.  I understand that goes back a ways.
It also has 'aged briar' stamped on the shank.  The size is that
of a Grp. 3.  The stem is like-new & is vulcanite.Used.
6.5" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 22 grams. $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.
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 #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.
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 #89-293
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 #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
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 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
GRC by Darius #61583  (RESERVED)
When Darius was making pipes in Northern Calif. (Stockton, to
be exact) I purchased pretty much everything he made.  He was
(is?  I hope he's making pipes, at least occasionally,
somewhere)a very talented man, but bedeviled by demons that
started haunting him from a very rough childhood.  If he were
making pipes today, he'd be the perfect pipe maker for my
longed-for "Human Tragedy/Human Folly" series.  I know he
would understand what I was trying to accomplish.  For now,
though, I will simply post and sell those pipes that have been
sitting in my drawer for years.  This one is tiny, although a good
sized bowl might give you a satisfying 15 min. smoke.  The con-
struction is great with a wide-open draw & vulcanite stem. New.
5.1" long, bowl 1.25" tall.  Weight" .5 oz., 14 grams. $65.
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.
Elliott Nachwalter # 81908
This pipe is in exc. cond...in fact, it could safely be called "near
new."  The chamber is very large, with an inner diameter just
short of an inch.  The draw is open but it does not take a pipe
cleaner.  Lots of straight grain, but my favorite part is the
plateau on the bottom of the bowl.  I doubt Elliott was first with
this element, but it wasn't done much.  Vulcanite stem.  Used.
4.5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 3/4 oz., 51 grams. $75.
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.
Nachwalter Stowe, VT #518157
Grp. 5 in exc. cond.  The stem is acrylic.  The draw is only OK &
a cleaner does not pass through, although the air hole is on
the bottom of the chamber.  Used.
5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $75.
Julius Vesz Handmade #425223
There is one area on the crisp inner-rim of the chamber that is
darkened, but very thinly & uniformly, so it could be concluded
that a match or lighter did it.  But, feeling the chamber right
under it, the incontrovertible sense is that it is as smooth and
untouched as the rest of the chamber, leading one,
reasonably, to conclude that the pipe is entirely unsmoked.  In
short, I have no idea if this pipe is unsmoked or ever so slightly
used.   It's a Grp. 5 in size, & I can get my thumb into the bowl.
The draw is wide-open and the stem vulcanite.
5.65" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $75.
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 (SOLD 7/23/17)
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 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 (SOLD 7/15/17)
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 (SOLD 6/22/17)
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.
GRC (by Darius Cristian) #615179 (RESERVED)
This pipe is larger than most for Darius.  I'd say it's a Grp. 6 & I
can get my thumb into the chamber.  Also, the grain is good all
around.  The draw is wide-open & a cleaner slides easily to the
bottom of the chamber.  The stem is vulcanite & it's a Grade C
6.5" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 65 grams. $150.
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. $ 395.
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.
Mike Frey #51805FT (SOLD 7/20/17)
When Mike Butera was ruling the roost as the best U.S. pipe
maker, Mike Frey was a close 2nd, & of the two, I might
personally have preferred Frey's pipes.  I still have, and revere,
the great smoking pipe I bought from him at an S.F. swap I
produced in the mid 80's.  This Grp. 6 size pipe is in very good
cond, with just a minor tooth indent on the stem top & residue
carbon on the rim.  Wide-open draw & easy pass with cleaner.
5.55" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8oz., 52 grams. $ 275.
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.
Elliott Nachwalter #518157
Maybe Nachwalter should dub himself The Peripatetic Pipe
Maker as we know he made pipes in at least 3 locations...Fla.,
NYC & Stowe, Vt.  I think the latter is where he became a mature
pipe maker and created his best all-around output.  Grp. 5.This
handsome, comfortable pipe is from his Stowe days.  The cond.
is exc., & it's a pleasure to look at all that Bird's Eye.  Used.
5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $75.
GRC (by Darius Cristian) #8951
By far this is the largest of GRC's pipes now on the site.  
Despite a thick wall, my thumb easily fits into the chamber.  
What impresses me most is the quality of the workmanship.  
Note that the chamber is uncoated, but none of the bowl stain
has flowed into it...unlike the case with other, much more expen-
sive pipes I've seen lately.  Also, a cleaner easily flows into the
chamber...it the cleaner is long enough.  The draw is wide-open.
It should be mentioned that Darius uses vulcanite for his stems.
6.5" long, bowl 2.4" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $150.
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 (SOLD 6/2/17)
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. $315.
GRC by Darius #61595 (SOLD 7/5/17)
It's been years since Darius & I conferred, but as I recall, he was
very particular about the briar he used.  This pipe has an un-
coated bowl for the enhancement of your tobacco's taste.  The
draw is wide-open, the stem a comfortable vulcanite & a large
Grp. 3 size.  If you favor traditional shapes, don't miss this pipe.
5.1" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 29 grams.  New.  $95.
GRC by Darius Cristian #615103 (RESERVED)
Small, with a Grp. 3 sizzed chamber and bowl & a very nice
blast that exhibits lots of ring grain.  The draw is wide-open,
the stem is brindle.  It's dated 2007 and given a D grade,  but
what that means after all these years I can't recall.  I think that
Darius went up the alphabet, a D grade being better than the
A-C grades, but that's a guess.  New.
4.8" long, bowl 1.6" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $110.
Weber Two Pipe Set #425252  (SOLD 5/13/17)
Group 5 Rhodesians in very good condition.  Carl Weber was
one of the driving forces among craft pipe makers in the U.S. in
the 50's & 60's.  Almost all pipes were the products of factories
with anonymous owners and anonymous pipe makers.  Weber
was an exception and was also the author of the most popular
book on pipes and pipe smoking.  Used.  Approx. 5.5" long,
bowl approx. 1.5" tall.  Weight, each, 1 7/8 oz..  $45 for the set.