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 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

Phone/Fax:
(650) 965-7403
Email:
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Kaywoodie #121469
The pipe has the 4 digit shape number of older Kaywoodies, if
that's of interest to you.  The size is Grp. 3 in size, or maybe
small 4.  There is that visible burn on the top of the rim, due it
appears to carelessness & mostly on the outside of the rim and
not in the chamber.  The stem is just about mark-free.  The draw
is wide open and the pipe does not have a stinger.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 34 grams. $35.
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. $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. $475.
Kaywoodie Flame Grain #1112209AG (SOLD)
This Grp. 5 sized pipe is stamped "Export," which may explain
the push-pull tenon rather than the threaded job.  Nor is there
or was there a stinger.  This is as solid and distinguished
looking a Billiard as I can imagine.  In its time, this kind of
production put Kaywoodie at the top of the U.S. pipe making
ranks.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 37 grams. $35.
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. $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.  $195.
Kevin Arthur #1214160CO
A Grp. 5 in size, with an open draw and construction that easily
allows a cleaner to go through to the chamber bottom.  The
blast shows a lot of good ring grain.  There is a natural indent in
the briar that you should be able to see in the upside down
photo 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.
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. $110
Shalosky #108127
Even without knowing the name (I'm certain I've heard it, but I
forget easily) I could tell that this person could make a pipe.
And, not knowing Bill (although, again, I think we've met) I
thought the maker was a Russian.  That shank extension
appears to be bone, & a cleaner flies to the chamber bottom.
The always critical draw is wide-open & the pipe sits up.  Both
the blast, and the grain that goes along with it, are fine, as is
the cond.  The stem is a flat, comfortable vulcanite brindle.
6" long, bowl 2.2" tall.  Weight:1.75 oz., 48 grams. Used. $225.
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. $285.
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.
Larry Comeaux #1112163 (SOLD 12/19/17)
This is a well grained piece of briar, mostly flame grain but its
strength is in the absence of wayward, or bald, spots.  The size
is appealing, too...I'd say a Grp. 5, which is not large as
Freehands go.  The draw is open and the acrylic stem is
surprisingly comfortable.  It is also free of tooth marks.  Larry
Comeaux was from Memphis TN and died in 2015.  Used.
5.8" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $55.
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
Jusius Vesz Hand Cut 5 #1112190AG (SOLD 1/4/18)
This is a pretty basic shape, from my POV.  I'm not saying it was
easy to execute, or is uncomfortable and I'm certainly not saying
it's anything but a superb smoking pipe, but this just does not
seem to reflect a sense of refinement.  What do you think?  It's
a Grp. 5 in size in exc. cond., with an open draw.  The grain is
pretty good, too.  It easily takes a cleaner to the chamber. Used.
5.4" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $175.
Paul Fisher #101462AG  (SOLD 12/16/17)
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.  $45.
David S. Huber #1112148
I can only hope that some of the subtle beauty of this pipe
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
near daily basis.  This pipe has that potential.  The rest is up to
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
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.
Colin Rigsby #121487
Colin might start getting the recognition he deserves as a pipe
maker soon.  At the recent West Coast Pipe Show in Las
Vegas, Colin sold out.  That's pretty remarkable considering the
number of high profile U.S. pipe makers exhibit at that show.
It's a testimony to his skill and this pipe is your opportunity to
get an example of his work at a stupidly (thanks to me) low
price.  Grp. 5 in size, with an open draw and fine old-fashioned
stem, by which I mean it has that round button some of us feel
so fondly drawn to.  Cond. is close to excellent with just a touch
of carbon residue on the inside rim.  Used.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1.25 oz., 35 grams. $85.
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. $110.
Atelier Rolando #1214112CO (SOLD 1/5/18)
I like this and I don't know how intentional it was, but I know
Rolando a little and I know that 1) he has a degree in art &
design and that he is also very smart and observant, so I think
the use of the beloved Lars Ivarsson Wasp design to create a
Reverse Calabash is no accident at all.  Rolando has a great
sense of humor, and probably a bit of that Romanian perverse-
ness, too.  What also comes with this pipe is a fine ring grain &
while I forgot to photograph the other side of the bowl, the grain
there is almost exactly the same as that which you're seeing.  
As I said, ring grain all around.  Excellent condition, wide-open
draw, Grp. 5 in size.  Used.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $265.
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.
Atelier Rolando #1214116CO
I wouldn't have guessed that Rolando would succumb  to this
Reverse Calabash trend, but then, what good is an artisan if
she/he isn't made curious by something new.  Despite the large
shank, the chamber is a Grp. 4 in size.  Of course the draw is
wide-open and the cond. is exc.  rolando has one just like it on
his site and is named "Conducta," but he is out of stock.   Used.
5" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $245
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. $65.
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 #1112143
This young pipe maker has the goods.  This is one of two pipes
I picked off his table in Las Vegas when he wasn't looking and
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
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.
E. Wilke, NYC #1214265
From that venerated old shop owned by the Wilke sisters and
then by Elliott Nachwalter and his wife Carole Burns comes this
large, club-like Bent Apple.  There is cross grain on one side of
the bowl and then tons of Bird's Eye across the rest of the bowl.
It's a Grp. 6 in size and the draw is open.  The cond. is very
good, with just a touch of wear on the inner rim of the chamber
and very light tooth chatter on the stem.  Vulcanite stem.
Used.5.7" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 3 3/8 oz., 96 grams. $45
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 #108-02
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. $465.
Micoli #824292 (SOLD 10/7/17)
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 #108-24 (SOLD 10/28/18)
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. $15.
Elliott Nachwalter #518157 (SOLD 9/3/17)
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 (SOLD 1/6/18)
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. $125.
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.
Kevin Arthur #89170CO (SOLD 12/26/17)
I tried to check out this pipe maker, whose name I've heard, but
with whom I've had no e xperience.  It does not appear that he
is active at the present time, but the pipe above does have one
advantage to most of his pipes: the bowl here is not coated.  
As I've read, he insists on a wide-open draw, and this pipe has
that attribute, as well as a comfortable vulcanite stem.  The size
here is that of a Grp. 5 or a large 4, with a lot of briar at the
bottom of the bowl, so despite that curve, there will not be any
excessive heat at the heel.  The briar is clean & well grained.
5.5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 66 grams. $145.
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.
Cellini #1112175
I hope the quality of this pipe's grain comes through in these
photos.  It is a thin, tight grain all around, and the briar itself is
fill-free and generally clean enough to call for a very light,
transparent stain.  The one drawback is the molded stem. this
pipe demands, and can support, a much finer quality.  It would
be worth it in comfort alone as well as adding value to the pipe.
It's at least a Grp. 5 in size, and probably a 6.  Used.
6.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 47 grams. $75.
John Eells NASPC '08 POY #121479 (SOLD 1/9/18)
John Eels.  It really might be true to say that to know him is to
love him.  Of course, he might not love you, but that is part of
his je ne sais quoi.  Perhaps more importantly to this dep't. is his
acknowledged as a quiet, but brilliant, pipe maker.  You do not
see many of his pipes available for sale because 1) people
don't relinquish them willingly, and b) he doesn't make many.
Probably now, he doesn't make any.  Regardless, we love you,
John.  This is pretty large...a Grp. 6 in size, or even 7.  The
cond. is exc., and the construction provides a wide-open draw.
Knowing John a bit, I'm sure the wood is from the era of Old
Ironsides.  Hell, it probably is from Old Ironsides.  (Next time you
visit that historic site, check to see if maybe a few timbers are
unexplainably missing.)  Used.
6.75" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2.25 oz., 63 grams. $225.