Pipe Academy: Another Look at Briar

Briar is a remarkable wood, but it has to do with more than just the beauty of the grain. What makes briar a superb material for pipes has a lot to do with where it comes from. First off, briar is not a tree, it’s the subterranean burl of the white heath (or heather) tree. […]

Pipe Academy- Pipe Finishes

Each of us has a pipe finish that attracts us. Some love grain to “pop”, so they may like a smooth, polished surface with a contrast staining that makes the grain truly stand out. Lots of people really like the rough and rocky look of a coral rustication. For myself, there’s nothing like a deep, […]